Folly of Youth is a program about flying high and landing hard! Les Délices will delve into the myths of Icarus and Phaeton – young men who dared to fly too close to the sun – with terrible consequences. This special program pairs George Frederic Handel’s own youthful cantata “Tra le fiamme” (1707) performed by soprano Shannon Mercer with French Baroque cantatas and chamber music.
In addition to Handel’s cantata, Folly of Youth will include excerpts from Lully’s opera Phaeton and a little-known sonata by François Duval, “Le Phaeton,” which illustrates Phaeton’s ill-fated story with a melody that repeatedly plummets down to earth. Les Délices completes the program with a lighthearted cantata by Louis Le Maire that extolls youthful exuberance.
Presented by Indianapolis Early Music