Sunday, February 5, 2023, 4 p.m. Corpus Christi Church
Sunday, February 12, 2023, 4 p.m. Online
Debra Nagy, director and oboe
Emi Ferguson, flute
Shelby Yamin, violin; Allison Monroe, viola; Rebecca Reed, cello
Winds of Change
Superb flutist Emi Ferguson joins oboist Debra Nagy and Les Délices in chamber works from the eve of the French and Haitian Revolutions. Inspired by ideals of liberty and equality from abolitionist writings, the program includes a sonata by Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges, the late-18th-century Black composer and violinist, and pieces by Boccherini and Bochsa. The ensemble is excited to perform A Journey to Freedom by the Haitian composer, Sydney Guillaume.
One of the most delightful aspects of any performance by Les Délices is this exploration of the dramatic potential of pitch—how to curve, stretch or wilt a note in a way that’s emotionally resonant.” —New York Times
The virtual program becomes available on Sunday, February 12, 4 p.m. ET and remains viewable until February 26.
Artist Bios and Program
Les Délices explores the dramatic potential and emotional resonance of long-forgotten music. Founded by baroque oboist Debra Nagy in 2009, Les Délices has established its reputation for unique programs that are “thematically concise, richly expressive, and featuring composers few people have heard of.” The New York Times added, “Concerts and recordings by Les Délices are journeys of discovery.” The ensemble’s debut CD was named one of the “Top Ten Early Music Discoveries of 2009” (NPR’s Harmonia), and the group’s performances have been called “astonishing” (ClevelandClassical.com), and “first class” (Early Music America Magazine). Touring highlights for Les Délices include performances with Music Before 1800, Da Camera Society (Los Angeles), Houston Early Music Society, at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (Boston), the San Francisco Early Music Society, at the Yale Collection of Musical Instruments, and at Columbia University’s Miller Theatre. Les Délices also presents its own annual four-concert series in Cleveland, Lakewood, and at Plymouth Church in Shaker Heights, OH, where the group is Artist in Residence.
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