Les Délices News

20 May Praise for Concertos Comiques

“One of the many delights of Les Délices is that the music it plays, though chronologically old, always feels new. These are pieces — and often composers — that we haven’t heard before, thanks to music director Debra Nagy’s unflagging curiosity about the hidden gems of the past.” – Nick Jones

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20 May Concertos Comiques Preview

Finding ways to circumvent rules has always been a popular pastime. It has also often inspired creative genius. When Louis XIV put a stranglehold on entertainments such as opera and theater by enforcing rules designed to secure official monopolies, non-court composers and playwrights countered with Fair Theaters (Théâtre de la Foire), low-cost performances on the outskirts of Paris.

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24 Feb Ohio City Residency: March 17-20, 2016

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?

Visitors and residents of Cleveland’s Ohio City neighborhood will have the opportunity to have these, and many other questions answered during Les Délices’ upcoming weekend residency March 17-20, 2016 that celebrates early music in the community- and you may even learn a minuet step or two in the process!

Dance Class at Univ. of Michigan

Dance Class at Univ. of Michigan

Les Délices will be teaming up with community partners at St. John’s Historic Church, Franklin Circle Church, and the Cleveland Public Library’s Carnegie West Branch, as well as with local businesses to present six free events over the long weekend that will include open rehearsals, educational presentations, a Baroque Dance Workshop with live music, and a community concert.

Les Délices’ Artistic Director Debra 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 the residency 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!).”

JA-MSKnown 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). Les Délices’ Artistic Director Debra Nagy (baroque oboe and recorder) will be joined by Julie Andrijeski (violin and dance), David Ellis (viola da gamba), and Christopher Bagan (harpsichord) for these programs.

Picking up on the success of recent neighborhood residencies by the Cleveland Orchestra, Nagy explained that “creating a weekend of intense activities in a single neighborhood is a natural extension of the Pop-Up Concerts we’ve been offering during our last two seasons. We want to bring music to our community and break down the barriers of participation between the audience and performers that include formality, location, and the cost of tickets.” Nagy added, “I hope that people might drop into an open rehearsal on Thursday or a Pop-Up Concert on Friday and decide to come to a Baroque Dance workshop on Saturday or even stay for our community concert on Sunday.”

emm-web-logo-mediumLes Délices’ Ohio City Residency also coincides with a new, nationwide initiative designating March as Early Music Month. Sponsored by Early Music America, this national, grassroots campaign is designed to raise awareness of early music throughout the larger North American music community. Early Music Month seeks to connect enthusiasts, performers, presenters, scholars, builders, students, and venues to bring early music to its widest audience ever.

Les Délices’ Ohio City Residency Schedule:

Thursday March 17, 2016:

1:00pm-4:00pm & 6:00-9:00pm Open rehearsals at St. John’s Historic Church (2600 Church Ave, Cleveland OH 44113)

Do you ever wonder what happens in a musical rehearsal? Come in, listen, and learn about Les Délices’ working process as they prepare for their weekend of concerts and events taking place around Ohio City.

Friday March 18, 2016:

7:00-9:30pm Pop-Up Concert at The Canopy (3910 Lorain Ave, Cleveland OH 44113).

Pop-Up Concerts have an impromptu quality and are meant to foster a sense of discovery for casual listeners: passers-by are invited to come in and have a listen to short, set-based presentations where the performers introduce themselves and the music. This informal approach breaks down barriers–cost, location, and formality–and increases the visibility of local performers, bringing the visual and performing arts communities closer together.

Saturday March 19, 2016:

11:00am-12:00pm: Performance-Presentation at Carnegie West Library (W38th St & Fulton Rd, Cleveland OH 44113)

Families and Individuals are welcome at this free, educational performance and presentation introducing baroque instruments such as harpsichord, viola da gamba, baroque violin, baroque oboe and recorder.

3:00-4:00pm: Baroque dance workshop at Franklin Circle Church (1688 Fulton Rd, Cleveland OH 44113)

Children (8+) and Adults can come and learn the basics of baroque dance – including how to do a minuet step – in this free workshop led by baroque dancer expert & violinist Julie Andrijeski. Live Music! Space is limited – pre-registration is recommended.

Sunday March 20, 2016:

3:00-4:15pm: Free Concert at St. John’s Historic Church (2600 Church Ave, Cleveland OH 44113)


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23 Feb Interview with Shannon Mercer

Photo: Helen TanseyClevelandClassical.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 that, you can draw on things from your own life: remembering what it’s like to be young and carefree, and thinking that nothing can harm you. Which is what Icarus is doing when he says, ‘I’m going to be fine, don’t worry about me.’”

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23 Feb Praise for Folly of Youth

indulgenceThematically 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 septet had a stunning artistic ally, a voice of near-limitless power and agility as well as an interpreter steeped in the theatricality of the repertoire.

Read the Review for Folly of Youth from the Plain Dealer

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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 the nouvelle cuisine experiments of Armand-Louis Couperin, sandwiched around ten wonderfully varied main courses by Jean-Philippe Rameau and followed by a pair of postprandial confections supplied by Pancrace Royer.

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01 Jun Cleveland Classical Recent Reviews and Features



Galante Experiments: Les Délices in “The Age of Indulgence” at Plymouth Church (Nov. 8)

Les Délices continues to explore French Rococo music in two “Age of Indulgence” concerts

French dances and more: “Toutes Suites” with Les Délices on LCCC Signature Series (September 24)

Les Délices to open the LCCC Signature Series on September 24

Les Délices’s “The Angel and the Devil” at Plymouth Church (April 26)

Les Délices: “The Musketeers” at the Bop Stop (October 25)

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