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32 violists playing Telemann

On April 1, 2012 at the University United Methodist Church in Chapel Hill, 31 violists - professionals and community members came together to perform the first 2 movements of the Telemann Viola Concerto. It was a glorious sound! The rest of the performance consisted of works for solo viola, like Katrina Wreede's NC, March which was a world premiere performed by the composer herself to Matthew Hindson's Siegfried Interlude No. 4 for eight violas, subtitled "The Ride of the Viola Valkyries!" The music was interspersed with various viola jokes, read by the audience. my favorite: "Why are viola jokes so short? ...So violinists can understand them!" Ha - I suppose that is really a violin joke.

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Mallarme plays the music of REM (cont...)
With the Department of Music at the University of North Carolina, the chorus worked with teaching artists for 2 weeks to learn more about singing. At the end of the workshop they went into
Manifold Studio and recorded this versions of REM's "Everybody Hurts" with local bandThe Beast and Mallarme Chamber Players -- arrangements by Eric Hirsh and Shana Tucker, filmed by Scott Rucci. These kids found the power of music, their own voices, took risks and created deep friendships. It was a fantastic experience for everyone involved. Community Chorus Project is dedicated to creating more musical and educational opportunities like these for all kids -- regardless of income.


Listen to excerpts from recent concerts on our site at REVERBNATION

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PHOTOS FROM WONDER WOMEN CONCERT - 10/26/2011 at the Nasher Museum
(Mark Manring, photographer)

Sofia Gubaidulina string quartet No. 2 -Wolborsky, Chung, Rousso, ThronGwyneth Walker, composerJeckie Wolborsky performing Platinum Spirals by Joan Tower. with shoes to match! Bo Newsome performing Niobe by Thea MusgraveUp where the Air Gets Thin by Libby Larsen-Bonnie Thron and John BrownTim Hudson and his antics during the premiere of Language of the Soul by Gwyneth Walker

Sofia Gubaidulina String Quartet No. 2 with Jackie Wolborsky, Carol Chung, Suzanne Rousso and Bonnie Thron.
Gwyneth Walker, composer
Jackie Wolborsky performing Platinum Spirals by Joan Tower with shoes to match!
Bo Newsome, Niobe by Thea Musgrave
Tim Hudson's antics during the premiere of Gwyneth Walker's Language of the Soul
Libby Larsen's Up Where the Air Gets Thin with Bonnie Thron and John Brown

See a Story-telling video about Project MAP 2010

Thanks to the Triangle Community Foundation and The North Carolina Arts Council for supporting this project in 2009-10.

Photos from the Historical Bach ii concert, Sunday, February 6, 2011 at the
First Presbyterian Church in Durham

Bach Cantata 198 ensembleBach Brandenburg 6, Feb 6, 2011

Bach Cantata 143

 Images courtesy of

Mallarmé CD “Songs for the Soul”


The Mallarmé Chamber Players have released their newest CD, Songs for the Soul, on May 23, 2010 on Albany/ Videmus Records.

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Hear an excerpt of Soul Gone Home "Shame, Shame, Shame"

The CD features music by four generations of African-American composers: Undine Smith Moore - Afro American Suite; T. J. Anderson - Spirit Songs; William Banfield - Soul Gone Home; Anthony Kelley - Grist for the Mill.

Jazz vocalist, Nnenna Freelon, is featured along with Bonnie Thron, cello; Debra Reuter-Pivetta, flute; Ira Wiggins, saxophone; Tom Warburton, piano; Jonathan Wacker and Thom Limbert, percussion and Nicholas Lewis, clarinet.

CD's are available for purchase for $16.00 (plus shipping and handling of $3.00 ) by calling 919-560-2788 or online through Mallarmé Chamber Players - Purchase Tickets. It is also available at Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh, and itunes.

This project was supported in part by the Aaron Copland Fund for Music..

CD recording session
Recording session 6/10/08 of Soul Gone Home at Edenton Street United Methodist Church in Raleigh


Undine Smith Moore – Afro American Suite
T. J. Anderson - Spirit Songs
William Banfield – Soul Gone Home
Anthony Kelley – Grist for the Mill


Nnenna Freelon, vocalist
William Banfield, conductor
Nicholas Lewis, clarinet
Debra Reuter-Pivetta, flute
Bonnie Thron, cello
Thom Limbert, percussion
Jonathan Wacker, percussion
Thomas Warburton , piano
Ira Wiggins, saxophone

Recording and image by Mark Manring, May and June 2008

Recorded at Zenph Studios and Edenton Street United Methodist Church in Raleigh, NC