|Chameleon Musicians, Inc
Hometown: Fort Lauderdale
Web site: http://www.chameleonmusicians.org
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CHAMELEON MUSICIANS, Inc.
A Chamber Music Medium composed of established artists with a passion for chamber music
Chameleon started in 1999 as a chamber music group of members of the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra. Since January 2003 Chameleon has presented a series of Chamber Music Concerts on Sunday afternoons at the Leiser Opera center in down-town Ft Lauderdale. These concerts have a small, but... slowly growing, knowledgeable and very enthusiastic audience; the atmosphere is relaxed and homey, but the performances stand for excellence.
A core group of musicians, consisting of members of the Amernet quartet (Misha Vitenson, Marcia Littley, Michael Klotz and Javier Arias), pianists Kemal Gekic and Misha Dacic and cellist Iris van Eck, presents programs from cello/piano duo/string trio/piano trio to string sextet. The series is augmented with distinguished guests from out of town such as violist Toby Appel, violinist Dmitri Pogorelov and Clarinettist Julian Milkis, pianist/conductor Stewart Robertson, Soprano Christina Pier.
“Chameleon’s chamber music series is one of the few local opportunities for residents of Broward County to hear professional chamber music performances of international quality and Chameleon’s performances have been met with enthusiastic support from classical music lovers and critics alike.
As illustrated by the press, a performance at the Chameleon Series is always a very special experience.
Lawrence Budmen: “Chamber music on a Sunday afternoon can be an irresistible artistic soufflé. Set in the intimate salon atmosphere of the ballroom at the Leiser Opera Center in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, the Chameleon Musicians' Series offers the opportunity to experience chamber music in its purest form. First rate artists gather to enjoy each other's company and play significant works from the highways and byways of the repertoire.”
Greg Stepanich: “Cellist Iris van Eck launched her chamber music series, which has mostly involved pieces for strings, back in 2002, and it has retained a loose, convivial feel that serves the audience well and showcases dedicated musicians doing what they love to do best. These are professionals who play more like enthusiasts than veteran players numbed by routine.”
Palm Beach Post
“Chamber music is a uniquely rewarding form because so many of the greatest composers' most profound thoughts were entrusted to these small ensembles. And when the playing is at as high a level as it was for the Chameleon concert, it comes close to being the only kind of music-making that truly satisfies.”
Posted by Greg Stepanich at November 30, 2007 7:00 PM
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“The intimacy of the Leiser Center's ballroom is perfect for chamber music. Here musicians communicate the sheer pleasure of music making with a directness and intimacy that is lacking in more formal concert halls. The Chameleon series is a real gem.” Lawrence Budmen
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