François-André Philidor: Sinfonia 1 in g minor from L’art de la Modulation (1755)

Les Délices (pronounced Lay day-lease) explores the dramatic potential and emotional resonance of long-forgotten music. 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.” The New York Times added, “Concerts and recordings by Les Délices are journeys of discovery.” The group’s debut CD was named one of the “Top Ten Early Music Discoveries of 2009” (NPR’s Harmonia), and their performances have been called “a beguiling experience” (Cleveland Plain Dealer), “astonishing” (ClevelandClassical.com), and “first class” (Early Music America Magazine).

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Les Délices made its New York debut before a sold-out audience at the Frick Collection in May 2010. Highlights from recent seasons included performances for Music Before 1800, Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, San Francisco Early Music Society, the Yale Collection of Musical Instruments, and at Columbia University’s Miller Theater. In addition to touring engagements, Les Délices presents its own annual four-concert series in Cleveland art galleries and at Plymouth Church in Shaker Heights, OH, where the group is Artist in Residence. Les Délices has been featured on WCPN, WCLV and WKSU in Ohio, WQXR in New York, NPR’s syndicated Harmonia and Sunday Baroque, and had their debut CD featured as part of the Audio-guide for a special exhibit at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art (Watteau, Music, and Theater). Les Délices fourth CD, Songs Without Words, was released on the Navona label in November 2018.

Les Délices is a variable ensemble; its performances can feature as few as three players and as many as eight. Its programs range from purely instrumental to vocal, with compositions from the baroque period to the 21st century. Contact Summerell Arts to discuss what program would best suit your organization’s needs.

Jean-Féry Rebel (arr. Nagy): Le Cahos from Les Élémens


Steuart Pincombe
Julie Andrijeski
Mark Edwards
Debra Nagy


UPDATED JUNE 2019. PLEASE DESTROY ALL PREVIOUS VERSIONS.