entering its Fabulous Fourteenth Season !
they say about Chameleons concerts...
by the press, a performance at the Chameleon Series is always
a very special experience.
on May 6 2013: by
Greg Stepanich: http://palmbeachartspaper.com/index.php/2089-chameleon-ends-season-with-worthy-revival-of-forgotten-composer.html
founder Iris van Eck was joined by violinist Dmitri Pogorelov
and pianist Misha Dacic for the Andrée trio, which was
featured on a program with music by Schubert and Tchaikovsky .
The performance Sunday was important because it resurrected this
piece and brought it to a new audience, and of the three movements,
perhaps the second was the best-played (it had an unexpected fourth
instrument accompanying it in the final bars, when a passing train
horn momentarily happened to be roughly in B-flat just as the
movement was closing; it sounded like a trio of bassoons underpinning
the last measures).
Tchaikovsky: Among the highlights were van Ecks initial
statement of the theme, which immediately seized the attention,
followed just as ably by Pogorelov, playing in the all-out style
we associate with the Russian tradition. Dacic was especially
impressive throughout the trio.....a gripping reading of a substantial
work, and an involving way to end another season of thoughtfully
programmed chamber music concerts featuring some of South Floridas
season again, you will find the repertoire to be varied, enticing
and enlightening; you will be enthralled with the artists and
be delighted with unknown pieces; standards as well as premieres
such as the cello sonata by the neglected romantic Croatian female
composer Dora Pejacevic
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
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.
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.
(Lawrence Budmen) surefire bravura, polished ensemble, precision,
exciting, a sense of wonder in every bar, superbly burnished tone,
violin-cello interaction, subtle interplay, spontaneity, with
uninhibited white heat, simply brilliant, fireworks,
a performance to remember!
CELLO/PIANO 3: (Lawrence
matching sonic power and vivid musical personalities,
daredevil verve and precision, a wealth of instrumental coloration.
Gekics whirlwind of pianistic exuberance, channeling subtlety
as well as thunder and van Eck's warmly expressive delineation
making child's play of the tricky rhythms.
Our SEXTET concert made
10 for 2007
was one of those performances in which each of the musicians appeared
to be totally involved in the music, and was giving it his and
her absolute best. A knockout....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.
CHAMBER MUSIC PERFORMANCE
riveting, high voltage, impassioned reading of Brahms String
Sextet No.1. With a winning performance of a late Mozart string
trio for good measure, the Amernet players again displayed world
class stature. Van Ecks fascinating programming juxtapositions
fill an important niche in South Floridas musical menu.
- Rosalind and Howard Trommer
We were so glad to get the Chameleon schedule yesterday. We had
been watching the mail for it
Enid and Jerome Schein... Many thanks for providing an Oasis
Mr and Mrs William Hayes
A truly memorable experience
Robert B Wolfson
You and your execellent musicians produce
a very moving chamber music experience
. I am looking forward
to the 2007/2008 season
Larry A Russell (CEO, Eroica Classical Recordings)
command of the cello, which is one of my favorite instruments,
is revelatory in its excellence of tone, intonation and phrasing.
We feel quite fortunate to have you...It
is always amazing that a duo, trio, quartet or quintet can bring
as much enjoyment as a full symphony orchestra
Monique and Maurice Baird Smith
We were really inspired
by your concert yesterday
Lawrence Budmen... The intimacy of the Leiser Centers 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...
- About Cello
& Piano, November 27 05
Eleanor Clarke: You two make beautiful music together!
We thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon. Of course, I am partial
to Beethoven. He can do no wrong. However, the whole
concert provided a diversity of moods. I never realized
how playful Shostakovich's music is, the afternoon not only was
entertaining but also edifying. And, Iris, I don't think
anyone I know enjoys her work as much as you do. many thanks,
my dear friend, for all the joy you provide in our lives.
Michael A. Taddonio: I enjoyed the November 27 concert very
much. If there is an attendance like there was on the aforementioned
date, then Chameleon will be doing very well.
Lawrence Wong: I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed
hearing you and Kemal Gekic this afternoon at the Leiser Opera
Center. I particularly loved the Faure Sonata, Op. 109.
Kemal said that he is a huge fan of the Rachmaninoff Cello Sonata,
but has never really studied it. I hope to hear you two
perform it one day, since I regard it as one of the greatest
sonatas ever written, loaded with several absolutely gorgeous
melodies for the cellist.
- About Last...but
not Least May 21 06
Lawrence Budmen: The intimacy of the Leiser Centers
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.
The gorgeous violin-cello interaction between Van Eck and Klotz
propelled the Elegia to glowing heights
Dacics rippling pianistic runs set the Scherzo, Allegro
Molto on fire. Klotzs violin glistened in the glorious
opening theme of the initial Allegro moderato
Pianist Misha Dacic offered deep understanding of the works
Slavic passion. The entire movement was played by this formidable
threesome with uninhibited white heat. The Finale, Allegro non
troppo was simply brilliant. Here was a performance to remember!
Van Eck played this interesting work with communicative intensity
and deeply felt commitment. Her lovely tone caressed the pieces
- Lawrence Budmen: MOST SURPRISING CHAMBER
- Chameleon Musicians
played with tremendous enthusiasm and glowing tone in a program
of varied works by female composers (in celebration of Women's
History Month). Here was unjustly neglected music performed with
- Therese & Gerard Pepin:
Thank you for the wonderful concert of last Sunday. We had
the pleasure to hear three excellent musicians together with
such good chemistry that we could have stayed there
and listen for many more hours
We look forward for the next season to enjoy again good music
played by excellent artists like you are.
- Lawrence Budmen: IMPORTANT NEW
- Honorable Mention:
The Ballroom at the Josephine Leiser Opera Center in Fort Lauderdale
proved to be a wonderful salon for chamber music with resonant
acoustics and real immediacy between players and audience.
- Annette Chernicoff: We
enjoyed your recital SO much. What a great way to spend a Sunday
afternoon. The room was PERFECT for a chamber ensemble!
- Michael Taddonio: To
The Group: Enjoyed the May 25 concert. It was enjoyable. I'm
looking forward to the 2003-04 season. It is wonderful to have
live classical music around.
- Carolyn Porrino: (about the
2nd Annual Womens Composers concert)We attended
the concert this afternoon Bravo! Bravo! To everyone. You were
meant to play together.
- Larry Johnson ( Music critic
of the Sun-sentinel): Chameleon displays vivid musical
Colors.. The 60+ attendees shows there is potential
for a chamber music series in Broward County