Garden Envy and Social Dancing with Elena

On September 28, Les Délices will host our annual benefit event.  This year, the event is titled All the Pleasures, and will be a celebration of all the wonderful pursuits that make our lives a little brighter.  Beautiful music will accompany delicious food and fine conversation music in the lovely setting of the Shaker Heights Country Club.  There will be a silent auction featuring items ranging from baseball tickets to a private meal.

Don’t miss your chance to be part of this beautiful event.


In the weeks leading up to our fête, we’ve been featuring each of our artists so you can get to know them.  Our final artist is the multi-talented Elena Mullins!

Elena is a soprano with-wide ranging interests.  She is a specialist in historical music, with a DMA from Case Western Reserve University.  She has co-founded two ensembles dedicated to Medieval music, Trobár and Alkemie. When she’s not singing, Elena is also a talented dancer, and this semester she is leading the Baroque Dance Ensemble at CWRU.  We asked her our questions about how she likes to spend her free time.

If you were an 18th century person of leisure, of all the pleasures, how would you prefer to pass your time?

I’d be pretty happy spending my time dancing, eating, and walking in a garden.

As a 21st century person, how do you prefer to pass your time when you aren’t working?

I love spending time in nature and participating in various types of social dance. In our culture you have to seek out opportunities for social dancing, which is a little sad… I wish there were more communal music-making and dancing in 21st-century America!

Do you enjoy gardening?

I have gardening envy, but apparently not enough to do anything about it!

Do you enjoy cooking?

I do! It comes in bursts.

What is your favorite thing to make and what do you enjoy about it?

I rarely make anything that’s technically involved but I love hunting down good ingredients and figuring out interesting ways to pair them. Lately I’ve been eating a seeded sourdough toast for breakfast topped with hummus and fresh summer tomatoes with a drizzle of olive oil, salt and pepper. It’s pretty delicious!

Have you ever tried any 18th century recipes?

Heck no!

Maybe we’ll all be inspired by those sung 18th-century recipes we’ll get to hear at the benefit!

Thanks for joining us for these artist featurettes during this past month.  If you haven’t seen the other four, be sure to check them out!

Artist Features