WILMINGTON - The division between ancient and current music sometimes barely exists: Those involved with speculative resurrection of centuries-old sound need not work that much differently to bring new music into being.
So nobody should be surprised that the small, Wilmington-based chamber-music group Mélomanie had no audible problems mixing ultra-polite Telemann with Variations on a Theme by Steely Dan by Mark Hagerty, performed Saturday at Grace United Methodist Church here (repeated Sunday at the Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill).
The concert's big news was the world premiere of Kile Smith's The Nobility of Women, with guest artist Priscilla Smith (the composer's oboist daughter), written for a mixed-instrument sextet. The title was inspired by a dance manual. Individual movements used traditional dance forms such as "Allemande" and "Musette" as a springboard - a time-honored practice that has yielded works as diverse as Stravinsky's Agon and Respighi's popular Ancient Arts and Dances.