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Songs for the Soul | May 23

Mallarme chamber Players Nnenna Freelon

Nnenna Freelon

This unprecedented classical infused with jazz chamber music concert program is not to be missed! Mallarmé Chamber Players and special guest Nnenna Freelon will perform the works of two African American composers, Undine Smith Moore – Afro-American Suite and William Banfield – Soul Gone Home during the first part of the program. The second half will feature traditional spirituals that have been exquisitely re-crafted for Ms. Freelon and Mallarmé by pianist/composer/arranger Brandon McCune. The ensemble includes principal cellist of the North Carolina Symphony, Bonnie Thron; Ira Wiggins, director of jazz studies for NC Central University on saxophone; Debra Reuter-Pivetta, flute; Jonathan Wacker, percussion; and Thomas Warburton, piano.

We’re also pleased to announce that Mallarmé Chamber Players’ latest CD release, Songs for the Soul (Albany/Videmus Records) featuring Nnenna Freelon be available for purchase immediately following the concert. Works performed on the concert program as well as music by composers T.J. Anderson and Anthony Kelley are featured on this recording. What a perfect ending to a beautiful concert experience…take the performance home with you! There will even be a post-concert reception where you’ll have the chance to meet Ms. Freelon, members of the Mallarmé ensemble, guest composers and other chamber music lovers. Be sure to pick up your copy of the CD and start collecting autographs!

For more information about the concert, ticket sales, CD and/or post-concert reception, give us a call at (919) 560-2788 or visit You’ll also find lots of information about the different types of performance and educational programs, events, workshops we provide for our Durham community and throughout the Triangle area.

Free Tickets for Special Communities

Mallarmé has received a generous grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to enable us to offer a number of free tickets to members of underserved communities in the Triangle to attend the May 23rd Mallarmé concert. We are asking for your assistance in getting the word out about this unusual opportunity to schools, churches and non-profit organizations that serve this community.

Upon request from these organizations, we will provide vouchers to the performance that are redeemable for tickets at the door one hour in advance of the concert on May 23rd. If you know about or are part of an organization that you feel would be interested in the concert, please feel free to forward that information to Mallarmé at office[at] or call (919)560-2788. We will contact the group/school/church directly.

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