Les Delices Baroque Ensemble Starts 11th Year With Free Concerts & a Benefit

Wed 9/25 @ 6:30-9PM

Fri 9/27 @ 4:30-5:15PM

Sat 9/29 @ 11-11:45PM

Sat 9/28 @ 5-7:30PM

Sun 9/29 @ 3-4:30PM

It’s a big week for Cleveland’s baroque ensemble Les Delices as it gets its 2019-2020 season into gear in a big way to launch its 11th year.

It starts on Wednesday when the group holds an open rehearsal at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Ohio City where the public can drop in (quietly, please!) between 6:30 and 9pm and eavesdrop on the group as they prepare pieces for public performance. No tickets or reservations are needed.

On Friday, they’ll pack up their instruments and head down to Akron where they’ll play a short, free performance at the Akron-Summit County Public Library Norton Branch.

They head back to Ohio City on Saturday morning for one of their family programs called LD @ Play: From the Ground Up at the BOP STOP. The 45-minute interactive program features an introduction to the instruments the group uses and a demonstration of how they’re played. Come early so the kids can do so coloring; afterwards, there’ll be a chance to meet the musicians and chat with them about the music. It’s free but registration is recommended.

That evening, Les Delices hosts its All the Pleasures benefit (so they can keep doing free programming like this!) at the Shaker Heights Country Club. Guests will enjoy appetizer, wine and a performance of French chamber music by the ensemble, along with a beautiful view of the gardens from the terrace of the club. The silent auction will feature items and experiences with an “All the Pleasures” theme. Tickets are $75-$125.

Finally, the musicians wrap up this busy week out in Lorain where they’ll perform a concert called “Delights and Diversions” at First Lutheran Church. A quintet of Les Delices musicians — soprano Elena Mullins, violinist Julie Andrijeski, oboe and recorder player Debra Nagy, viola de gamba player Steuart Pincombe and Lucas Harris on baroque guitar and theorbo — will play pieces that reflect the opulence of 18th-century France. “This program is inspired by their grand feasts, extraordinary gardens, glittering ballrooms, and delectable desserts – complete with sung recipes, odes to champagne, solos for viola da gamba by Marin Marais, excerpts from Charpentier’s Plaisirs de Versailles, and more,” they tell us. Again, it’s free and no tickets are required.

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