St. John’s Episcopal Church in Ohio City is a space that means many things to many people. Once a stop on the Underground Railroad, this Church serves us all as a community gathering place, a refuge, a spiritual retreat, a historic landmark, as well as a place to experience unusual, beautiful, moving music and art.
Les Délices is thrilled to partner with St. John’s Ohio City to present a free concert as part of its LD Steps Out series on Wednesday November 1, 2017 at 7:30pm. All donations collected will benefit The Institute at St. John’s, whose purpose is to restore, preserve, and expand the architecture and historical heritage of St. John's while developing the Church as an inclusive hub for community, arts, and spirituality.
Les Délices’ director Debra Nagy is an Ohio City resident and feels strongly about reaching out to the Cleveland community through its LD Steps Out programs, “We really want to bring our unusual music to places you might not expect and to folks who might otherwise not get to experience it.”
The program for Les Délices’ November 1 concert is based on their acclaimed 2nd CD, Myths and Allegories. This imaginative collection of French Baroque music is inspired by Homer’s Odyssey. The Odyssey’s central theme – and the source of its universal appeal – is the enduring strength of love, hope, and fidelity, and their ability to withstand tests of time and tribulation. The Odyssey’s hero, Ulysses, confronts storms at sea, shipwreck, the tantalizing allure of siren songs, and magical slumber – all set to music in this colorful program featuring soprano Clara Rottsolk and members of Les Délices.
Les Délices presents this free concert in Cleveland before bringing it on a 4-concert tour in Texas, Montana, and Oregon.
Known for their creative, original programming, Les Délices has been recognized as “an early music group with an avant-garde appetite,” whose “concerts and recordings are journeys of discovery” (New York Times).
Additional LD Steps Out events this sesason include a free concert of Christmas Carols on Dec 15, 2017 at St. John’s Episcopal Church and performances in partnership with Cleveland Public Library and A Place For Us on January 12, 2018. Les Délices’ free community performances in intimate spaces offer audiences of all ages the opportunity to listen to, learn about, and experience our unique music in myriad ways.