This preview has been provided by Mallarmé Chamber Players.

The Mallarmé Chamber Players will present their annual Gala House Concert fundraiser on Saturday, April 5, at 7:30 pm with a  concert of music written especially for Mallarmé during their thirty-year history. In memory of composer Dr. Robert Ward, who passed away last April at the age of 95, Mallarmé presents his Serenade for Mallarmé, commissioned and first performed in 1991.

In addition to the Serenade for Mallarmé, music for flute, viola, cello and piano will be presented including the Three Bagatelles (2007) by Paul Schoenfield and a new work written especially for the occasion by Durham composer Bo Newsome.  Flutist Mary Boone (NC Symphony), cellist Alex Ezerman (UNC-G faculty) and pianist Randall Love (Duke University faculty) will also perform with violist and Mallarmé artistic director Suzanne Rousso.

The house in question is the Larson House, designed and built in 1973 by the late Chapel Hill architect Jon Condoret. The Durham home is considered a landmark example of modernist architecture and was designed for Duke law professor Arthur Larson and his wife Florence. The home is noted for its expansive walls, ceilings and exposed beams that echo the angular exterior. The Larsons often entertained in the home, holding classical music concerts in the two-story living room.

The following day, Sunday, April 6, at 12:30 pm, the ensemble will present a family concert—a truncated version of the gala concert program. The concert, titled Meet the Composer, will focus on the elements of music composition—melody, harmony, rhythm and texture. The musicians will present examples of these elements through small snippets or movements from the works by Robert Ward, Paul Schoenfield and Bo Newsome performed in the gala concert. Composer Bo Newsome will then assist the audience in “composing” their own work of music by having them decide on their favorite choices for melody, harmony, rhythm and texture. The ensemble will perform the newly composed work for the audience and record it to make it available for the attendees to listen to from the Mallarmé website. In addition to the fifty-minute concert, High Strung Violins and Guitars will set up an instrumental zoo to give children and parents the opportunity to play a variety of musical instruments.

Saturday, April 5, 2014, 7:30 pm | Serenade for Mallarmé
The Larson House, Home of Wendy Robineau and Donald Beskind
$75 includes dessert reception and silent auction
Tickets available at:  | 919/560-2788

Sunday, April 6, 2014, 12:30 pm | Meet the Composer
FAMILY CONCERT for children 5-12 and their families
Kirby Horton Hall, Sarah P. Duke Gardens, 420 Anderson St. Durham
Tickets: $5 children 12 and under, $10 adults
Tickets available at:  | 919/560-2788

MALLARMÉ CHAMBER PLAYERS 30TH SEASON – Co-produced by George Chandler


Robert Ward received the 1962 Pulitzer Prize in Music and the New York Music Critic’s Citation for his opera The Crucible. He received many commissions for his works, which have been performed by the New York Opera, the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, the Milwaukee Symphony, Central City Opera, Charlotte Opera and the Greater Miami Opera, among others. His body of work includes seven operas, large and small choral works and diverse chamber music. A member of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, he held three Guggenheim fellowships and received grants from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Rockefeller Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. Among his many awards are the North Carolina Award in Fine Arts, the Eastman School Achievement Award and the Cleveland Arts Prize.


The Mallarmé Chamber Players are a flexible ensemble of professional musicians based in Durham, North Carolina, whose mission is to enrich the lives of their community through outstanding chamber music. The ensemble distinguishes itself by its innovative educational programs, its commitment to creative collaboration with other organizations, its creation of significant new work and its dedication to serve a diverse population.

Mallarmé annually presents a series of five concerts that features great, diverse, and multidisciplinary chamber music. Mallarmé performs everything from Bach with period instruments to brand new works. In this past year alone, Mallarmé has presented two world premières by composers Gwyneth Walker and Katrina Wreede. In 2010, Mallarmé released a CD on Albany/Videmus records of chamber music by African American composers to great acclaim.

Mallarmé is a nonprofit, tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) organization. The 2013-14 concert season is made possible in part by grants from the Durham Arts Council’s Annual Arts Fund, the North Carolina Arts Council and Target.