Les Délices News

11 Apr Sneak Peek: 2017-18 Season

Les Délices is looking forward to their 9th season of concerts in Cleveland & Shaker Heights in 2017-18! Venue information will be released soon and tickets will go on sale August 1st. But in the meantime, save the dates for these exciting programs:


SPECIAL EVENT: Jazz Brunch at Nighttown
Sunday September 24 at 12:30pm

Join us in celebrating the start of Les Délices’ 9th Season and the début of our newest CD at this Jazz Brunch! Our celebration happens at Nighttown, featuring music from our popular jazz-crossover program “Songs without Words.” Watch for your invitation!

Italian Underground
October 21 & 22, 2017

Les Délices explores Parisian counterculture around 1700, and the vogue for all things Italian in this program of new-to-you music. Violinist Julie Andrijeski will dazzle with virtuosic pieces that wear their hearts on their sleeves.

Intoxicating
January 13 & 14, 2018

A new Medieval program from Les Délices focused on sounds, scents, and substances that entrance, elevate, and excite our senses. Hear Elena Mullins (soprano), Jason McStoots (tenor), Scott Metcalfe (vielle, harp), Charlie Weaver (lute), and Debra Nagy (voice, and medieval winds).

Dido’s Lament
March 10 & 11, 2018

Les Délices introduces two very special guests – soprano Margot Rood and the incredible Irish harpist Maria Cleary – in this program that imagines Dido, Queen of Carthage, (famously deserted by Aeneas) from three emotional and musical perspectives: Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, Cavalli’s Didone, and Montéclair’s La Mort de Didon. 

Let the Heavens Rejoice
April 27-29, 2018

Les Délices teams up with Quire Cleveland for a thrilling program of music by Rameau, Mondonville, and other composers. Three performances in Akron, Cleveland, and Shaker Heights.

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25 Nov Les Délices is Hiring! General Manager

Do you have a passion for creativity and the arts and a can-do attitude? Excellent writing skills, development experience, and some tech savvy? Les Délices is looking to hire its first General Manager!

The General Manager will conduct the organization’s business operations while working together with the Artistic Director to leverage organizational strengths to meet strategic goals and position the organization for future growth.

Applications due January 5, 2018 – Interviews in early January.
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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 artists’ process: people can simply drop in to these informal, working rehearsals as we prepare for public concerts. Repeated listening also provides additional insight into the music.

LD@Play is Les Délices’ series of family-oriented programs on Saturday afternoons. These free interactive programs last 45 minutes and are designed for children aged 5-12. Our January 13, 2018 program Medieval Dance Party will introduce young audiences to medieval instruments and teach them medieval dance steps. Meet the Harp on March 10, 2018 will feature special guest artist Maria Cleary, introducing improvisation and her incredible harp.

Les Délices will collaborate with a wide variety of community partners for their LD Steps Out series in 2017-18. Les Délices will present free concerts on November 1 and Dec 15, 2017 at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Cleveland’s Ohio City neighborhood, where the ensemble established an Artist Residency in 2016. They will also partner with Cleveland Public Library and A Place For Us to present programs in branch libraries and mobile locations on October 20, 2017 and January 12, 2018. These free community performances in intimate spaces will allow audiences of all ages to listen to, learn about, and respond to Les Délices’ work in myriad ways.

Les Délices’ director Debra Nagy is an Ohio City resident and feels strongly about reaching out to the Cleveland community,The primary goals for Les Délices’ community programs are to build awareness of chamber music performance, expand our audience, increase visibility for Cleveland artists, and bring high-quality programming to underserved neighborhoods.”

Known for their creative, original programming, Les Délices has been recognized as “an early music group with an avant-garde appetite,” whose “concerts and recordings are journeys of discovery” (New York Times).

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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 of discovery” (New York Times).

In 2017-18, Les Délices will present four new subscription programs, record their fourth CD, perform four national tours, and present lots of free community programming in and around Cleveland. Their Cleveland concert series will see violinist Julie Andrijeski dazzle with virtuosic music of the Parisian counterculture of 1700 in Inspired by Italy on October 21 & 22, 2017, will transport audiences to another world with Intoxicating on January 13 & 14, 2018, will imagine the legendary queen of Carthage from three emotional and musical perspectives with Dido’s Lament on March 10 & 11, 2018, and will Let the Heavens Rejoice April 27-29, 2018 as Les Délices teams up with Quire Cleveland for gorgeous, rarely-heard works for chorus & orchestra by Rameau and Mondonville.

Artistic director Debra Nagy commented, “I’m thrilled to be presenting lots of “new-to-you” music during the 2017-18 season – such as our Inspired by Italy program in the fall and a weird and wonderful new Medieval show in January. We’re also looking forward to performing well-known works (like Purcell’s famous lament from Dido & Aeneas) in March and to our April collaboration with Quire Cleveland. What I love most about Les Délices is our adventurous, exploratory programs; I want to provide as rich and interesting an experience for our audiences as possible.”

Les Délices’ 9th season will also see several new guest artists and new initiatives. Nagy explained, “I’m very excited to bring the incredible Irish harpist Maria Cleary to Cleveland in March, and it will be terrific to feature Cleveland’s own Julie Andrijeski in a violin-centric program in October.”

Les Délices is also moving their Saturday night performances to new venues. Their October 21, 2017 concert will move to Pilgrim Congregational Church in Tremont, a fabulous community resource (and home to the Arts Renaissance Tremont series). In January, March, and April, Les Délices will present Saturday evening concerts at Lakewood Congregational Church, whose warm acoustics also host concerts by CityMusic Cleveland. Nagy commented, “These venues are well-known to concert-goers, will be a great match for our music, allow for easy access and parking, and will enable our audiences to grow.”

Subscriptions ($63-$120) and Single Tickets ($25-$35) for all concerts in the series will go on sale August 1 at www.lesdelices.org. Student Tickets ($5) are always available at the door.

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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 Nostre Dame made you want to hear this group perform the whole setting. And Estampies that Nagy arranged from other Machaut tunes sounded completely authentic.” – Dan Hathaway for ClevelandClassical.com

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“More than just another concert, “Remedy,” a tale of love and woe based on the music of Medieval master Guillame de Machaut, was a rich, multi-media experience, a treat for the eyes as well as the ears. For two hours Sunday, listeners were treated to a modern version of the sort of courtly entertainment royals might have enjoyed some 700 years ago.” – Zachary Lewis for the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

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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

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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 numbers freely, the ensemble liberated the music of both eras, creating a kind of conversation across the centuries.”

“Nagy cut loose with a well‑thought‑out solo that would have done any seasoned jazz artist proud.”

Praise from ClevelandClassical.com:

“Summoning their R&B souls, the Trio played with flair.”

“Following a poetic account of Michel Lambert’s Vos mespris the trio ended this most fascinating concert with Johnny Mercer’s iconic Autumn Leaves. Highlighted by some wonderful improvisations from Nagy, a laid-back walking bass line from Walhout, and inventive playing from Milnes, this was the perfect conclusion to a forward-thinking program.”

Watch to a selected Playlist from Songs without Words on YouTube.

 

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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 York Times).

Artistic director Debra Nagy explained, “2016-17 will be Les Délices’ most varied season ever! We’ll be presenting music ranging from Machaut to Mozart to Clérambault and even a few jazz standards! This is what I love about Les Délices – our adventurous, exploratory programs – and I want to provide as rich and interesting an experience for our audiences as possible.”

Subscriptions ($63-$120) and Single Tickets ($25-$35) for all concerts in the series will go on sale August 1 at www.lesdelices.org. Student Tickets ($5) are always available at the door.

Les Délices’ 8th season will also see several new initiatives and new guest artists. Nagy explained, “I’m very excited to feature several new artists for the first time: Eric Milnes is an exceptionally versatile and creative keyboardist who will join us for our crossover program in October, while the fantastic cellist Elinor Frey will join us in January for Mozart in Paris. Mozart in Paris also marks the first time Les Délices will perform Classical-era music on period instruments. In March, we’ll present our first-ever multi-media production complete with supertitles and projected images. Our first collaboration with Blue Heron in 2014 was such a success that we wanted to build on that work and bring Medieval music back to our Cleveland audience. I’m also excited about our expanded outreach programming and a new home for those programs at St. John’s Episcopal in Ohio City.”

In 2016-17, Les Délices will present four new subscription programs, release their third CD, perform two national tours, and present expanded outreach programming in and around Cleveland. For their subscription series in Cleveland, Les Délices will present timeless melodies and inspired improvisations in Songs without Words on October 15 & 16, 2016, create a new context for the famous composer with Mozart in Paris on January 21 & 22, 2017, showcase a medieval musical-poetic masterpiece in collaboration with Boston’s Blue Heron for Machaut’s Remede de Fortune (March 11 & 12, 2017), and tell tales of Fated Lovers on April 8 & 9, 2017.

2016-17 Season Details:

Songs without Words. Les Délices’ director & baroque oboist Debra Nagy expands the repertoire for her instrument with timeless songs whose emotionally-charged melodies stir the passions and inspire improvisation with echoes of jazz. This intimate program of original arrangements and improvisations will breathe new life into torch songs spanning the 17th to 20th Centuries. Music by Michel Lambert, Marin Marais, Billy Strayhorn, Nina Simone, and more. Les Délices will present this program on Saturday October 15, 2016 at 8pm at SPACES (2220 Superior Viaduct, Cleveland) and on Sunday October 16, 2016 at 4pm at Herr Chapel at Plymouth Church UCC (2860 Coventry Rd., Shaker Heights) (pre-concert lecture at 3pm).

Mozart in Paris. Europe’s most fashionable city should have been ripe for the young Mozart’s picking but the strong-willed composer lost out when he refused to network with influential people or accommodate French tastes. Montreal-based cellist Elinor Frey joins Les Délices for this special program that pairs chamber music by Mozart for oboe & strings with Paris’s toasts of the town – Boccherini, Gluck, and more. Fascinated by the cello’s origins and the creative process of new music, Elinor Frey plays both period and modern instruments. Her most recent disc of early Classical sonatas from Berlin won the 2015 Québec Opus Prize for Early Music CD of the year. 2731 Prospect Gallery (2731 Prospect Ave, Cleveland) will host this program on Saturday January 21, 2017 at 8pm with a repeat performance at Herr Chapel at Plymouth Church UCC (2860 Coventry Rd., Shaker Heights) on January 22, 2017 at 4pm (pre-concert lecture at 3pm).

Machaut’s Remede de Fortune. Les Délices teams up once again with Boston’s acclaimed Blue Heron (Scott Metcalfe, dir.) to present Guillaume de Machaut’s Remede de Fortune (c. 1440). One of Machaut’s musical-poetic masterpieces, the Remede relates the story of a bumbling lover who – with help from Hope and by Fortune’s good grace – ultimately gets the girl. Don’t miss this special program complete with projected supertitles and gorgeous manuscript images illustrating the story. The Saturday evening concert will take place at 8pm at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Ohio City (2600 Church Ave, Cleveland) on March 11, 2017. Les Délices repeats the program inside Herr Chapel at Plymouth Church UCC (2860 Coventry Rd., Shaker Heights) on March 12, 2017 at 4pm (pre-concert lecture at 3pm). In addition, Les Délices will present a free Family Concert on Saturday March 11, 2016 at the BOP STOP (2920 Detroit Rd, Cleveland) at 3pm.

Fated Lovers. Les Délices returns to their French Baroque roots for the final concert of their 8th season with two evocative cantatas by Louis-Nicolas Clérambault (Pyrame et Thisbé and Leandre et Héro) plus excerpts from Rameau’s groundbreaking opera Hippolyte et Aricie that relate the timeless tales of star-crossed lovers. Just as in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, true love sometimes ends with the ultimate sacrifice. This new program brings back two of Les Délices’ favorite soloists: soprano Clara Rottsolk (“supple and stylish…unflaggingly attractive” – Gramophone) and tenor Jason McStoots (“an exquisite singer and a fine actor” – Cleveland Plain Dealer). Les Délices returns to the Galleries at CSU on Saturday April 8, 2017 at 8pm, and repeats their program at inside Herr Chapel at Plymouth Church UCC (2860 Coventry Rd., Shaker Heights) on Sunday April 9, 2017 at 4pm (pre-concert lecture at 3pm).

Les Délices is a small ensemble that makes a big impact with entertaining, thought-provoking programs presented in unique and intimate settings that enhance the listening experience. Les Délices’ informal gallery concerts celebrate Cleveland’s flourishing arts community and simulate a salon atmosphere similar to the one in which this music was first heard and enjoyed. Saturday evening concerts are followed by a wine and cheese reception and conversation with the artists. Sunday afternoon concerts are preceded by pre-concert lectures starting at 3pm, and are presented in the gorgeous acoustics of Plymouth Church’s Herr Chapel in Shaker Heights, where Les Délices is Artist in Residence.

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11 Jun Les Délices announces Expanded Community Outreach for 2016-17

Do you ever wonder what happens in a musical rehearsal? Or how to dance a minuet? What about the difference between a piano and harpsichord?

Les Délices is excited to announce plans for their expanded community outreach initiatives during the 2016-2017 Season, which includes a new residency at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Cleveland’s Ohio City neighborhood. St. John’s Episcopal Ohio City has been a place for community, liberation and hope since 1836.

This work builds on Les Délices’ March 2016 Ohio City Residency where the group offered open rehearsals, a dance workshop, and more – all free of charge. “The response we got was fantastic,” said Les Délices’ artistic director Debra Nagy. “The weekend residency was a great opportunity to make new friends, connect with neighborhood residents, and reach new audiences.”

Les Délices’ outreach programming provides a variety of ways for audiences to experience the music. Open Rehearsals are totally informal: folks can just stop in and gain a fresh perspective on creative artists’ working process. The Baroque Dance Workshop presents a rare opportunity for audiences to connect with Renaissance & Baroque music through movement and gesture. Les Délices’ Family Concerts and Library Presentations allow audiences of all ages to listen to, learn about, and respond to our work in myriad ways.

Nagy is an Ohio City resident and feels strongly about reaching out to the community on Cleveland’s Near-West side,The primary goals for Les Délices’ outreach efforts in Ohio City are to build awareness of chamber music performance, expand the group’s west-side audience, increase visibility for Cleveland artists, and bring high-quality programming to a neighborhood that has so much to offer but is better known for its restaurants and breweries (which are fantastic – don’t get me wrong!).”

In 2016-17 Les Délices is planning to present two family concerts, several open rehearsals, a Baroque dance workshop, and a Christmas concert/service, in addition to in-school performances and workshops. All these events will be free and open to the public.

Known for their creative, original programming, Les Délices has been recognized as “an early music group with an avant-garde appetite,” whose “concerts and recordings are journeys of discovery” (New York Times).

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