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This post is from an excerpt of Out & Aboutmagazine's April 2018 issue...
Musical quintet Mélomanie prides itself on creating what
they coin “provocative pairings” in their music and partnerships. This month is
no different (yet very different), as they celebrate a first-time collaboration
with phenomenal spoken-word duo Nnamdi Chukwuocha and Albert Mills, known as
the Twin Poets and Delaware’s current Poets Laureate.
Mélomanie. Photo by Tim Bayard.
In a program entitled United
Sounds of America, two performances — Saturday, April 7, at 4:00pm and Sunday,
April 8, at 2:00pm — will be presented at The Delaware Contemporary, completing this
mash-up of artistic genres. Guest artist Jonathan Whitney will join them on
The Twin Poets are thrilled at the prospect of this new artistic
endeavor. “We’re honored to
share the stage with Mélomanie,” Chukwuocha and Mills say. “Through music and spoken-word, we’ll
depict the challenges, hopes and aspirations of our great nation. Throughout
America’s proud history, the most significant moments have always been when we
stood united, demonstrating our true strength. In response to the chaotic
divisiveness spreading throughout our country and world, this performance will
‘build a wall’ of love and empowerment, highlighting the transformative power
of the arts.”
“I deeply admire the work of the Twin Poets,” says Mélomanie
Artistic Director Tracy Richardson. “Their words and performances articulate the
human situations of our time and the human condition of any time, contemporary
The Twin Poets. Photo by Joe del Tufo.
Mélomanie asked the Twin Poets for the opportunity to
combine their respective art forms and offer a new experience to audiences. “We’re
continuing in the earliest traditions of the union of poetry and music,” says
Richardson says audiences can expect new poetry and favorite
past works from the Twin Poets as well as new and favorite music from Mélomanie.
For the performance, the Twin Poets have created a poem reflective of the event
title, United Sounds of America.
The ensemble and duo will perform together and separately
during the program, with composer Mark Hagerty creating and arranging music to
accompany the Twin Poets. Mélomanie will perform contemporary regional composer
Robert Maggio’s Aegean Airs and German Baroque master Georg
Philipp Telemanns’ Chaconne.
Tickets are $25, $15 for Delaware Contemporary members and students 16 and older. Those up to age 15 are admitted free. Advance purchase is recommended at melomanie.org.