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10 Jul Announcing 2017-18 Community Programs

Do you ever wonder what happens in a musical rehearsal? What about the difference between a piano and harpsichord? Want to see a harp up close and personal? Les Délices is excited to announce free community programs during the 2017-18 season that provide a variety of ways for audiences to experience their music. The LD@Work series provides a fresh perspective on creative...

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04 Jul Announcing an Ambitious 2017-18 Season

Now entering their 9th year, Les Délices is looking forward to an ambitious season complete with multiple Ohio premieres, international guest artists, new venues, and a large-scale collaboration with Quire Cleveland. Known for their creative, original programming, Les Délices (pronounced Lay day-lease) has been recognized as “an early music group with an avant-garde appetite,” whose “concerts and recordings are journeys...

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21 Apr Machaut’s Remede: “Cure for the Common Concert”

"The music is beautiful, alternating between haunting and jolly, and the narration is engagingly colloquial (“He’s as clueless as a caged bird”). In addition to playing splendidly, the musicians displayed a wry sense of humor, imitating bird songs in a garden scene and making trumpet sounds to herald the beginning of a feast. The first “Kyrie” from Machaut’s Messe de...

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21 Apr Praise for Fated Lovers!

"Debra Nagy’s deft programming and Les Délices’ flawless but laid-back execution make music of the French Baroque instantly accessible to modern audiences. People who know something about the period will never feel talked down to, and neophytes have nothing to fear." - Dan Hathaway for ClevelandClassical.com Read the Review....

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06 Feb Praise for Mozart in Paris

  Les Délices was thrilled with the reception for its newest program "Mozart in Paris." With two sold-out shows and glowing reviews from the Plain Dealer and ClevelandClassical.com, we're already planning for Mozart in Paris: Part 2!...

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06 Feb New Baroque-Jazz Crossover Program a huge success!

Critics and audiences LOVED Les Délices' new Baroque-Jazz Crossover program "Songs without Words." Premiered in October 2016 in Cleveland, Les Délices will bring the program to Boston in April 2017 and record it for their 4th CD in September. Watch out for a national tour and CD release in Fall of 2018! Praise from the Cleveland Plain Dealer: “Mixing old and new...

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20 Jul 2016-17: Les Délices’ 8th Season

Now entering their 8th Season, Les Délices is looking forward to shaking things up with some significant departures from the ensemble’s core Baroque repertory in the coming year. Known for their creative, original programming, Les Délices (pronounced Lay day-lease) has been recognized as “an early music group with an avant-garde appetite,” whose “concerts and recordings are journeys of discovery” (New...

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23 Feb Interview with Shannon Mercer

ClevelandClassical.com's Mike Telin spoke with Shannon Mercer in anticipation of her debut with Les Délices for Folly of Youth: “As an audience member, I can tell if a performer is or is not connecting to the text,” said Mercer. “And composers like Handel wanted the text to reach the people, so they could identify it with their own experiences. To do...

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23 Feb Praise for Folly of Youth

Thematically cohesive and stocked with immaculate performances, the brief program did more than just relate the legends of Icarus and Phaeton and how they were doomed by their ambitions. It reminded listeners of the ongoing success that Les Delices represents in the world of Baroque music. Also on display: the group's knack for picking great guests. In Canadian soprano Shannon Mercer, the...

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20 Jan ClevelandClassical.com Review: The Imaginary Orchestra

Recitals that feature duo-harpsichordists are rare enough treats, but the program of French baroque music that Michael Sponseller and Jacob Street played on Les Délices’ series at The Galleries at Cleveland State University on Saturday evening, January 16, was an extraordinary tasting menu of twenty opera-related delights. These ranged from the ancien cuisine music of Jean-Baptiste Lully and Marin Marais to...

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