[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UYqe7CePcuQ&feature=youtu.be[/embed] Daniel Swenberg, a specialist in Renaissance and Baroque lutes, theorbos, Baroque and 19th-century guitars, and Baroque mandolino, is one of the featured artists for Les Délices' upcoming Concert Series film, The Highland Lassie, (premiering this Thursday!) One of the instruments he plays in this program of 18th century Scottish songs and reels is the English guittar. Though not frequently heard these days,...

ACCLAIMED POET DAVE LUCAS JOINS AS NARRATOR FOR LIVE PERFORMANCES OF "OF GODS & HEROES" FEB 25-27, 2022 January 18, 2022, Cleveland, OH -  Cleveland chamber ensemble Les Délices announces the addition of acclaimed Cleveland poet Dave Lucas to its upcoming program Of Gods & Heroes, February 25 & 26 at Plymouth Church in Shaker Heights and February 27 at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church...

Winds of Change (premiering November 18th on Marquee TV) features the World Premiere of a new commission for Les Délices by Sydney Guillaume, but that's not the only premiere included in this dynamic new concert film. It also includes the premiere of a new arrangement of Chevalier de St. Georges' unpublished sonata for flute and harp, reimagined by LD Artistic Director Debra Nagy as a quartet for...

OCTOBER 27, 2021 - Evoking the wild and rugged beauty of Scotland’s heathered hills, acclaimed Cleveland chamber ensemble Les Délices premieres The Highland Lassie on January 20, 2022 on Marquee TV. A gorgeous new program of Scots songs and reels, The Highland Lassie celebrates the permeable borders between folk song and art song, between country dance and cotillion. This virtual concert remains available on-demand through February 19.   With their haunting melodies, budding...

"Song of Orpheus is the newest streaming program by the Cleveland-based Les Délices. It revels in the enduring myth, one that continues to be visited over the centuries by composers across the musical spectrum. The music is beautiful and speaks for itself. French Baroque rarities by Rameau, Dandrieu and Courbois dance with subdued, exuberant and often tremulous elegance around the...

THREE PREMIERES FEATURED IN LES DÉLICES' WINDS OF CHANGE, COMING NOV. 18TH TO MARQUEE TV SEPTEMBER 22, 2021 - Inspired by the philosophies that sparked the French and Haitian Revolutions at the end of the 18th century, acclaimed Cleveland chamber ensemble Les Délices’ newest online concert Winds of Change celebrates freedom of expression and elevates marginalized voices with three premieres. The program premieres November 18th on Marquee...

[caption id="attachment_19462" align="alignright" width="234"] Erica Brenner[/caption] With a slew of GRAMMY wins and decades of experience between them, Elaine Martone and Erica Brenner are friends, long-time colleagues, and essential Les Délices team members. With Artistic Director Debra Nagy and a host of other talented individuals, including recording engineer Andrew Tripp and Director of Photography Mathias Reed, Elaine and Erica shape the...

[caption id="attachment_19155" align="alignleft" width="196"] Portrait of Jen Craun by Robert Muller[/caption] For our 2021-2022 Season, Les Délices commissioned Cleveland-based artist Jen Craun to design silkscreen monoprints that captured each of our Concert Series programs and the season’s overarching theme: Until Sky Above. We spoke to Jen about her art, the allure of pandemic baking, and what she loves most about Cleveland. Read...

Les Délices’ 2020-21 Virtual Concert Series comes to a close with our most ambitious video project to date: Machaut’s Lai of the Fountain, a collaboration with Boston’s Blue Heron, which features Machaut’s stunning Lai along with works by Pykini, Ciconia, and others. Lai of the Fountain, together with an upcoming online release from BH entitled Le grant retthorique forms a...

For her first published collection of cantatas, composer Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre (1665-1729) eschewed the traditional  subjects of nymphs, goddesses, and trickster gods from Greco-Roman mythology. Instead, she took stories from the Old Testament, focusing almost exclusively on the heroines: Susanna, Esther, Rachel, Jephta’s Daughter, and Judith. It’s unclear what drove this artistic choice but the inherent drama of...