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Yale Collection of Musical Instruments concludes season with Les Délices New Haven debut Apr. 7

March 21, 2013

“The centuries roll away when the members of Les Délices bring this long-existing music to communicative and sparkling life.”
– Classical Source (UK)

The Yale Collection of Musical Instruments concludes its 2012–2013 concert season on Sunday, April 7 with the New Haven debut of Les Délices. The esteemed French Baroque ensemble will perform a program called “Age of Indulgence,” featuring music written at the dawn of an aesthetic revolution.

The “Age of Indulgence” program includes selections by François-André Philidor, Jean-Joseph Cassanea de Mondonville, Antoine Dauvergne, Jean-Philippe Rameau, and others. Collectively, the selections combine the wry humor of early Haydn, a little of Emanuel Bach’s Sturm und Drang, and characteristically lush French harmonies.

Les Délices, founded in Cleveland in 2006, is dedicated to performing music from France’s zenith of cultural and artistic enlightenment. The ensemble, directed by oboist Debra Nagy, also includes Julie Andrijeski and Scott Metcalfe, violins; Emily Walhout, viola da gamba; and Michael Sponseller, harpsichord.

The Yale Collection of Musical Instruments, one of the foremost institutions of its kind, preserves and exhibits musical instruments from antiquity to the present. Many instruments are maintained in playing condition and are featured in performances and demonstrations in the fine acoustic of the upstairs gallery, the venue for this performance.

The concert begins at 3 pm at the Collection of Musical Instruments, located at 15 Hillhouse Avenue, New Haven. Tickets are $20, $15 for seniors and Yale staff, and $10 for students.

For more information, call the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158 or visit music.yale.edu.

About Les Délices

Debra Nagy, baroque oboe and director, performs frequently with baroque ensembles and orchestras in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Portland, Seattle, Cleveland, Denver, Boston, Philadelphia, and New York. In addition, Debra performs on shawms and recorders with Ciaramella, a group devoted to fifteenth-century music, and has been a guest with Piffaro, the Newberry Consort, and Blue Heron. She received her doctorate in Early Music at Case Western Reserve University in 2007, where she currently directs the Collegium Musicum. A graduate of Oberlin Conservatory, Debra was the first-prize winner in the 2002 American Bach Soloists Young Artist Competition, and spent 2002-2003 researching Renaissance double reed instruments in Brussels and Amsterdam as the recipient of a Belgian American Educational Foundation Grant. Debra can be heard on the Capstone, Bright Angel, Naxos, Hänssler Classics, and ATMA labels and has had live performances featured on CBC Radio Canada, Klara (Belgium), WQXR (New York City), WCLV (Cleveland), WKSU (Kent), and WGBH (Boston).

Recently lauded for her  “invigorating verve and imagination” by the Washington Post, violinist Julie Andrijeski is among the leading baroque violinists in the U.S. Her unique musical performance style is greatly influenced by her knowledge and skilled performance of baroque dance, and she often combines these two mediums in the classroom, on stage, and at workshops. Ms. Andrijeski is a full-time Lecturer in the Music Department at Case Western Reserve University, and this year she is also Visiting Assistant Professor at Oberlin College. In addition to her teaching, Ms. Andrijeski regularly appears with many baroque groups including, among others, Quicksilver, Cleveland’s Apollo’s Fire, the New York State Baroque Orchestra, and the Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra. Ms. Andrijeski received her Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in Early Music from Case Western Reserve University in May 2006.

Violinist Scott Metcalfe is the music director of Blue Heron, a vocal ensemble based in Boston which specializes in music between 1400 and 1600 and has been acclaimed by the Boston Globe as “one of the Boston music community’s indispensables.” Metcalfe has been invited to serve as guest director by Emmanuel Music (Boston), Monadnock Music (New Hampshire), the Tudor Choir and Seattle Baroque (Seattle, WA), Pacific Baroque Orchestra (Vancouver, BC), and the Dryden Ensemble (Princeton, NJ). In January 2010 he led the Green Mountain Project in an all-star 400th-anniversary performance of Monteverdi’s 1610 Vespers in New York City, which the New York Times called “quite simply terrific.” Besides playing in Les Délices, Metcalfe is an active participant in Montreal’s early music scene and a lecturer in choral repertoire and performance practice at Boston University. He received a bachelor’s degree in 1985 from Brown University and completed a master’s degree in 2005 in historical performance practice at Harvard University.

Harpsichordist Michael Sponseller has appeared throughout Europe and North America with critical acclaim as a soloist, conductor, and chamber musician. Winner of the American Bach Soloists Competition (1998) and the Jurow International Harpsichord Competition (2002), he holds the distinction of being a two-time prizewinner at the Festival of Flanders International Harpsichord Competition (Bruges), as well as taking prizes in Montréal and Kalamazoo. Mr. Sponseller has performed and recorded frequently with the Handel and Haydn Society, Smithsonian Chamber Players, American Bach Soloists, New York Collegium, Apollo’s Fire and recently, the Carmel Bach Festival. In addition to holding degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and the Royal Conservatory of Music in The Hague, Mr. Sponseller was a teacher of harpsichord at the Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music. To continue to explore his interest in vocal and chamber music on period instruments, he founded Ensemble Florilege in 2007.

Emily Walhout grew up playing the cello, but discovered her love for baroque bass lines at Oberlin Conservatory, where she took up the baroque cello and the viola da gamba, thus launching an active career in early music. Ms. Walhout was a founding member of La Luna, and was a member of The King’s Noyse from 1987 through 2004. Ms. Walhout has played viola da gamba or principal cello for the Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, Seattle Baroque, Portland Baroque, Les Boréades, Les Violons Du Roy, New York Collegium, and Trinity Consort (Portland, OR). A resident of Watertown, MA, she maintains a small studio of private students and coaches several devoted viol consorts.

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