Concert Series, News & Reviews, Press / 02.11.2020

From Schmopera: Witches are people too, and they have relatable issues. Those mythological heavy hitters, Medea and Circé, are the subjects of “Bewitched,” the first installment of Embracing Change, the four-concert virtual season being streamed by the Cleveland-based early music group, Les Délices. Resorting respectively to filicide and transforming men into beasts, these mythic women are nonetheless captivating. Artistic director, Debra...

Concert Series, News & Reviews, Press / 02.11.2020

"'Bewitched,' the first subscription concert of this season by Les Délices, can be summed up in one word: sensational. In her introductory remarks, director Debra Nagy talked about the “Embracing Change” theme of the season and completely rethinking the concert experience for streaming. The detailed planning was in evidence throughout the program. “Bewitched” was not just a concert; it was...

Concert Series, News & Reviews, Press, Uncategorized / 17.10.2020

Zachary Lewis spoke with Debra Nagy and longtime Les Délices violinist Julie Andrijeski for this feature for Cleveland.com. "While many early-music groups have struggled in the search for a new normal, Les Delices already has found and avidly pursued its future. The result is “Embracing Change,” a new season of four online programs featuring considered, creative blends of music and video. 'We...

Concert Series, News & Reviews, Press, Uncategorized / 17.10.2020

Les Délices Artistic Director Debra Nagy and Bewitched soprano Hannah De Priest joined ClevelandClassical contributor Jarrett Hoffman for a chat "about the experience of recording in person at Plymouth Church in Shaker Heights, stepping into the shoes and the vocal cords of those morally ambiguous witches, the role of gender in these stories, favorite Halloween costumes, and one or two...

Concert Series, News & Reviews / 09.09.2020

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text] Soprano Hannah De Priest performs Circé in the Les Délices season-opener Bewitched, which also features Clérambault’s Medée. Tickets and season subscriptions available now! Though she only takes up forty-odd lines of verse in the Odyssey, Circe has captured the imaginations of poets, artists, and composers for centuries. In her seminal book Transformations of Circe,...

News & Reviews, Press / 17.08.2020

Safety and finances are the two most basic issues facing classical music ensembles embarking on fall concert seasons amid the coronavirus crisis. Then there are matters that go deeper. Can ensembles address the pandemic through their programming? And can they show a commitment to racial diversity, continuing the movement that has gripped the field since the killing of George Floyd? Two Cleveland-based...

Artists, Concert Series / 14.08.2020

Rising-star soprano Hannah De Priest joins Les Délices for Bewitched, the opening concert of our 2020-21 Season. For Bewitched (premiering Oct 22), Hannah will sing music inspired by the mythological witches Medea and Circe. She'll return for Schubertiade, our Nov 2 episode of SalonEra, where we'll explore gothic themes in early 19th C art song. We caught up with Hannah...