Celebrating our 23rd season in 2016, Mélomanie was founded in 1993 by co-artistic directors and ensemble members, Tracy Richardson and Kimberly Reighley. Mélomanie has delighted audiences throughout the East Coast and internationally with provocative pairings of early and contemporary works. Their innovative music collaborations feature guest performers and composers. Currently performing their concert series at The Delaware Contemporary in Wilmington, Delaware, the ensemble's programs reflect its mission to connect the music of the Baroque with contemporary invention. The ensemble’s contemporary repertoire includes World Premieres of compositions written especially for Mélomanie by such composers as Ingrid Arauco, Jennifer Margaret Barker, Christopher Braddock, Kevin J. Cope, David Laganella, Sergio Roberto de Oliveira, Richard Belcastro and Mark Hagerty.
Mélomanie is: Kimberly Reighley, flutes; Tracy Richardson, harpsichords; Donna Fournier, viola da gamba; Douglas McNames, cellos and Christof Richter, violins. Mélomanie's artists also appear as soloists and with orchestras and ensembles in the region, including the Delaware Symphony Orchestra, Reading Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, OperaDelaware, Tempesta di Mare, La Bernardinia Baroque Ensemble, and Le Triomphe de l’Amour. Mélomanie was invited to Rio de Janeiro to perform in Compositores de Hoje (Composers of Today), an international festival of contemporary music in Fall 2014.
Mélomanie has recorded works of Telemann on Lyrichord Discs and can be heard on Winterthur's Playing in the Garden: Musical Inspirations from the Winterthur Garden, a benefit CD released in 2008. Their CD, Florescence, released in 2011 by Meyer Media, features five compositions written for the ensemble. Their newest CD of contemporary music, Excursions, was released in 2014 and has another five pieces written for and premiered by Mélomanie from composers Ingrid Arauco, Jennifer Margaret Barker, Roberto Pace, Sergio Roberto de Oliveira and Kile Smith. Mélomanie is supported by the Delaware Division of the Arts and the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation. Mélomanie means music mania!