Les Delices Concerts Teach Some 14th-Century “Lessons in Love”

Thu 1/16 @ 7:30PM

Sat 1/18 @ 11AM

Sat 1/18 @ 7:30PM

Sun 1/19 @ 4PM

With section headings such as “I languish,” “to be in love is a happy life … if you know how to live it,” “adrift on the seas of love” and “one cannot live without Hope,” you know that the Les Delices ensemble’s upcoming program Lessons in Love, presented in collaboration with Boston’s Blue Heron, is going to evoke a lot of dreamy sighs.

It tells a story of courtly love through a grouping of 14th-century songs in a complex style called ars subtilior that was performed in France in that era. While some of the songs had identified composers such as Johannes Galiot, Guillaume de Machaut and Philipoctus de Caserta, many were anonymous.

Featured musicians include countertenor Martin Near, tenor Jason McStoots, baritone Sumner Thompson, Blue Heron director Scott Metcalfe on vielle and harp, Les Delices artist director Debra Nagy on medieval winds, harp and voice, and Mark Rimple on lute and voice.
They’ll perform at Akron’s Holy Trinity Lutheran Church on Thu 1/16; at Lakewood Presbyterian Church on Sat 1/18; and at Plymouth Church UCC on Sun 1/19. Sundays’ concert features a pre-concert conversation with Scott Metcalfe and a post-concert reception. Tickets are $25 & $40.

In addition, Les Delices will host a family-friendly Medieval Dane Party at the BOP STOP Saturday morning. They’ll teach a medieval dance and introduce the period instruments that played the music to accompany the dance. There will be snacks and drinks; and early arrivals can color pictures of medieval castles. Kids are invited to come dressed as medieval princes and princesses if they’d like but modern apparel is acceptable too! It’s free but registration is recommended. Go here. https://www.lesdelices.org/event/ldplay-medieval-dance-party-2/

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