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).