DANBURY, Conn. – The nationally revered Baroque ensemble Les Délices will visit Danbury Music Centre on Saturday, April 16, offering two programs to the public at the Marian Anderson Recital Hall at 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.
At 10:30 am, a lecture-demonstration will provide an engaging introduction to historical instruments. In the evening, Les Délices will offer a full-length concert, Caractères de la danse, which features French baroque dance music.
Do you ever wonder about the difference between a baroque violin and a modern one? What exactly is a viola da gamba or a theorbo? Families and individuals are welcome at the lecture-demonstration. Les Délices introduces historical performance and baroque instruments such as theorbo, viola da gamba, baroque violin, baroque oboe and recorder. Stay for a Q&A afterward.
Les Délices’ 7:30 p.m. program includes Rebel’s “Characters of the Dance,” a scene from Rameau’s Pigmalion; solo suites for oboe and viol by Chauvon and Marais, and the earthy dances of Boismortier’s “Ballets de Village.”
Founded by baroque oboist Debra Nagy in 2009, Les Délices has established a reputation for their unique programs that are “thematically concise, richly expressive, and featuring composers few people have heard of,” according to The New York Times.
The group’s debut CD was named one of the "Top Ten Early Music Discoveries of 2009" by NPR's Harmonia. Since their sold-out New York debut at the Frick Collection, highlights of Les Délices’ touring activities include Music Before 1800, Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and San Francisco Early Music Society. Les Délices also presents its own annual four-concert series in Cleveland art galleries and at Plymouth Church in Shaker Heights, Ohio, where the group is Artist in Residence.
Nagy is one of North America’s leading performers on the baroque oboe. She has received many awards including first prize in the American Bach Soloists Young Artists Competition and a 2010 Creative Workforce Fellowship from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.
Tickets for demonstration are $10 and tickets for the concert are $25. Tickets to both events are available online here .
Marian Anderson Recital Hall is located at 256 Main St., Danbury.