July 2, 2021 – In 2020-2021, Les Délices takes SalonEra to new heights with twelve episodes set to premiere between September and April. Now in its second season, SalonEra is an early music variety show that serves a global audience of classical music enthusiasts. With trademark style, SalonEra pairs enlightening conversation and the highest possible quality recordings of rarely-heard early music from...

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...

December 29, 2020: Les Délices honors Women’s History Month with a new online concert called Women of Genius that challenges the notion of the isolated “genius” to reveal the histories of female poets, performers, and composers who not only made their voices heard but exerted a stronger cultural influence than many realize. Women of Genius premieres on Les Délices’ Watch Now Page on March 18, 2021 at...

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...

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...

"I reached out to Les Délices artistic director Debra Nagy to learn more about these three very different programs, but also to talk about the new role she’s taken on for this series: interviewer. And whether you’re Conan O’Brien or Debra Nagy, there’s a lot that goes into that." SalonEra is off and running, continuing into its fourth, fifth, and sixth...

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...

This April, Les Délices Artistic Debra Nagy has assembled a fabulous creative team to create a new musical entertainment based on 17th & 18th century sources. Every element - from the 17th century fairytale, to set pieces, ornament, and visual projections - takes some inspiration from the Baroque era. The newly-created score is no exception! In music, a pasticcio or...

This April, Les Délices and a team of fabulous collaborators will create The White Cat, a fairytale-based opera inspired by Baroque entertainments and based on the story by 17th-century author Marie-Catherine d'Aulnoy. Who is d'Aulnoy and what is The White Cat about? Marie-Catherine d'Aulnoy In the world of fairytales, d'Aulnoy is probably the most important writer you've never heard of. She literally invented the...

Artistic Director Debra Nagy talked with us about her inspiration and hopes for LD's new Baroque-Jazz fusion program Torchsongs Transformed, with performances in Akron, Lakewood, and Shaker Heights OH, March 6-8, 2020. Torchsongs Transformed will trace the arc of a love affair across the seasons as Les Délices artistic director and oboist Debra Nagy teams up with soprano Hélène Brunet and beloved...