• IN Wilmington Delaware

  • Paul M. Angell Family Foundation


Mélomanie & NakedEye Ensemble Collaborate for February Performance

Sunday, February 8, 2015 • 8:00pm
Biemesderfer Hall, Winter Center • Millersville, PA
Mélomanie & the NakedEye Ensemble in a collaboration on the NakedEye’s series:
NakedEye Ensemble & Mélomanie Time Travel

Mélomanie performs:
Buddleja Davidii • Richard Belcastro, sitar
Menuet-Fantaisie • Anthony Mosakowski, composer
Estados de espírito (states of mind) for 2 cellos • Mark Hagerty, composer with Naomi Gray, cello

NakedEye Ensemble performs four new commissions by:
Richard Belcastro, Randall Woolf, Rusty Banks & Jonathan Russell

with a piece together: Workers Union • Louis Andriessen

Mélomanie New CD, Excursions

In late 2014, Mélomanie released Excursions — their new CD — which features pieces written for and premiered by the ensemble: Excursions: Fantasie Mélomanie (2009) by Roberto Pace; Pavane-Variations (2009) by Ingrid Arauco; Dumgoyne (2012) by Jennifer Margaret Barker; The Nobility of Women (2011) by Kile Smith and Angico (2009) by Brazilian composer, Sergio Roberto de Oliveira.

"We chose the title 'Excursions' because the pieces take the listener on different journeys," says Mélomanie Co-Artistic Director Tracy Richardson. Dumgoyne describes Barker's childhood memories of Scotland. Pace's Excursions explores multiple moods and musical terrain. Arauco's Pavane-Variations and Philadelphia composer Smith's The Nobility of Women give us a fresh visit to old dance forms, and de Oliveira's Angico tells the story of his family's home in the Brazilian countryside.

This CD and other Mélomanie recordings are available for download at meyer-media.com or your favorite online music outlet.


Mélomanie means music mania!  This beautiful French word also translates – the love of music.

Mélomanie presents provocative pairings of early and contemporary works in innovative collaborations with guest performers and composers.  Mélomanie’s early music programming highlights Baroque music performed on period instruments. Their contemporary repertoire features works from the 20th and 21st Centuries, including world premieres written especially for the ensemble.  Mélomanie performs throughout the region and presents a concert series at the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts in Wilmington, Delaware.

The ensemble has recorded works of Telemann on Lyrichord Discs. A contemporary CD, Florescence, featuring original compositions written for the ensemble, was released in 2011 by Meyer Media.  The ensemble's newest CD, Excursions —  also a collection of original works written for Mélomanie — was release by Meyer Media in September 2014.  Mélomanie is supported by the Delaware Division of the Arts and the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation.

Mélomanie is: Donna Fournier, viola da gamba, Douglas McNames, cellos, Kimberly Reighley, flutes, Christof Richter, violins and Tracy Richardson, harpsichords.

What's Brewing — Not Only Delicious Music!

Delicious things continue "brewing" in our partnership with Pike Creek Coffee Roasterie!  Our new Provocative Pairings Blend is a coffee created especially for our ensemble that celebrates our partnership of visual arts and music with the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts (DCCA). Also available are a Decaf blend and Pumpkin Spice flavor (available fall only).  Get yours at distinguished local retailers including Haldas Bros., the box office of Mélomanie's Wilmington Concert Series and the Alternatives Shop of the DCCA!