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...

Les Délices opens their 2021-22 Season on October 7th with the digital release of Song of Orpheus, which translates the grand tragedy of Orpheus and Eurydice to the intimate confines of the salon with cantatas by Jean-Philippe Rameau and Philippe Courbois. Season Subscriptions and Single Tickets (sold via Marquee TV) are available now! While Rameau’s Orphée is a stunning early work by a...

[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...

2021-22 CONCERT SERIES: UNTIL SKY ABOVE Les Délices turned the struggles of the pandemic into an opportunity to create innovative digital concerts, expand its audiences in Cleveland and beyond, and start a popular online early music variety show called SalonEra. In 2021-22, Cleveland’s acclaimed early-music chamber ensemble plans to continue this upward trajectory with its new season, Until Sky Above. Artistic Director...

"Now that the cold and dreary winter is behind us, our thoughts turn to spring. And with trees beginning to blossom and flowers blooming we can begin to think about cultivating the garden. On April 8 at 7:30 pm, Les Délices will celebrate the Medieval garden and it’s centerpiece — the fountain — with the debut of Machaut’s Lai of the Fountain. The program...

"The star of this particular show, composer Élisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre, was hardly left in the shadows. Having gained the support of Lous XIV, she was highly visible, with frequent performance of her work. More importantly she enjoyed the rare privilege of having her work published. But according to Nagy, de la Guerre was not the isolated genius she...

Our upcoming concert Machaut’s Lai of the Fountain (premiering April 8th) is inspired by the rare beauty of the medieval garden and its prized centerpiece - the fountain. A private garden encapsulated a sort of paradise not so different from the Garden of Eden and its centerpiece fountain was an artful combination of engineering and architecture: form and function came...

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...