Les Délices: The Leuven Songbook


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Diminutive, precious, and sometimes highly decorated, songbooks were the mix-tapes of their day. Compiled with care for a specific individual, they not only included popular songs but also totally unique works.

Les Délices brings the music and images from the recently-discovered Leuven Songbook to vivid life in this multimedia program including gorgeous projected manuscript images and supertitles. Produced in collaboration with Chicago’s renowned Newberry Consort, our ensemble of singers, medieval fiddles, harp, lute, and recorders will perform works by Ockeghem, Busnois, and more.

Performers include: Ellen Hargis (soprano), David Douglass (vielle & rebec), Allison Monroe (vielle & rebec), Jason McStoots (tenor), Daniel Fridley (baritone), Charles Weaver (lute), Debra Nagy (harp, voice, medieval winds).

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Les Délices‘ (pronounced Lay day-lease) polished, expressive, and dynamic performances of masterpieces and little-known works from the French Baroque have been garnering critical acclaim. Founded in Cleveland in 2006, Les Délices brings together artists with national reputations who share a passion for this exquisite yet seldom heard repertoire.