Les Délices News

News & Reviews / 06.02.2017

Critics and audiences LOVED Les Délices' new Baroque-Jazz Crossover program "Songs without Words." Premiered in October 2016 in Cleveland, Les Délices will bring the program to Boston in April 2017 and record it for their 4th CD in September. Watch out for a national tour and CD release in Fall of 2018! Praise from the Cleveland Plain Dealer: “Mixing old and new...

News & Reviews / 20.07.2016

Now entering their 8th Season, Les Délices is looking forward to shaking things up with some significant departures from the ensemble’s core Baroque repertory in the coming year. Known for their creative, original programming, Les Délices (pronounced Lay day-lease) has been recognized as “an early music group with an avant-garde appetite,” whose “concerts and recordings are journeys of discovery” (New...

News & Reviews / 11.06.2016

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? Les Délices is excited to announce plans for their expanded community outreach initiatives during the 2016-2017 Season, which includes a new residency at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Cleveland’s Ohio City neighborhood. St. John’s Episcopal Ohio...

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...