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Featured Artists

Sophie Michaux, mezzo-soprano
Jonathan Woody, bass-baritone
Debra Nagy, oboe & director
Shelby Yamin, violin
Rebecca Landell, viola da gamba
Mark Edwards, harpsichord

Single Tickets ($28-$45, $10 for students) are on sale now!

Song of Orpheus in Akron

Friday, March 8, 2024 @ 7:30 pm
Knight Stage at Akron Civic Theater
182 South Main Street, Akron, OH 44308
This venue has a cash bar

Song of Orpheus is a program of musical works inspired by the Orpheus myth. The concert features French mezzo-soprano Sophie Michaux and acclaimed bass-baritone and composer Jonathan Woody in dramatic cantatas by Jean-Philippe Rameau and Philippe Courbois, plus excerpts from Orpheus, an rarely-performed opera by Georg Philipp Telemann. In addition, audiences will enjoy the premiere live performances of Jonathan Woody’s By much love betray’d, a trio sonata commissioned by Les Délices that traces the arc of Orpheus’ life – from receiving his lyre and the gift of music from Apollo, to his fateful turn in the underworld, and his demise at the hands of the Maenads.

Concert Program

Jonathan Woody: By much love betray’d (Live Performance Premiere)
1. The Gift
2. The Turn

Philippe Courbois: Orphée

Prélude for solo harpsichord

Jean-Philippe Rameau: Orphée

Georg Philipp Telemann: excerpts from Die wunderbare Beständigkeit der Liebe, oder Orpheus 

Accompanied Recit: Hier sitz ich, in der Einsamkeit

Aria: Fließt, ihr Zeugen

Recitative: Nun, alle Hoffnung ist vorbei!

Woody: By much love betray’d
3. The Rend 

Telemann Aria: Hélas, quels soupirs me répondent!!