News & Reviews / 20.05.2016

"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 Read the Review from ClevelandClassical.com...

News & Reviews / 20.05.2016

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. Read the Preview...

News & Reviews / 24.02.2016

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-...

News & Reviews / 23.02.2016

ClevelandClassical.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...

News & Reviews / 23.02.2016

Thematically 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...

News & Reviews / 20.01.2016

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...

News & Reviews / 01.06.2015

  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...