The Chrysalis Chamber Players is a non-profit chamber music ensemble, committed to performing a kaleidoscope of high-caliber chamber music. Founded by Mary Elizabeth Bowden, Meghan Bachle, and Catherine Lane, this group collaborates and tours with other musicains to bring innovative and exciting programs across the country.
In the upcoming 2023-2024 season, Mary Elizabeth Bowden will be touring with the Chrysalis Chamber String Players as part of Live On Stage. Performances will feature new arrangements and compositions for trumpet and string quartet and will feature the virtuosic works by Bach, Bellini, Debussy, DeJonge, Kirkland Snider, Mozart, McMichael, Stephenson, Tailleferre, and more. Past seasons include a five-week tour across the United States through Allied Concert Services.
Musicians of the Chrysalis Chamber Players have performed at the Artosphere Music Festival, Marlboro Music Festival, Banff Centre for the Arts, Bowdoin International Music Festival, Verbier and Lucerne Festivals in Switzerland, and with the Louisville, Naples, Vancouver, Edmonton, New World and Richmond Symphonies, among others. Chrysalis is the recipient of a Yale Alumni Ventures Grant, enabling the group to reach out to students through residencies in south Florida schools.
“With some amazing arrangements as well as some works by living composers, this CD offers an unusually attractive program, which is ravishingly played by the American trumpeter Mary Elizabeth Bowden…There are no limits to Bowden’s music-making. She is highly virtuosic, but also masters the most delicate and lyrical tones…her art of colours and the warmth of her tone are particularly striking. There is nothing shrill, nothing seems uncontrolled, and everything points to an absolutely sovereign mastery of the instrument.”