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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 Cleveland Heights

Sunday, March 10, 2024 @ 4:00 pm
Pre-concert talk begins at 3:15 pm
Disciples Christian Church
3663 Mayfield Road, Cleveland Hts, OH 44118

A pre-concert talk with WCLV’s John Mills begins at 3:15 pm
Post-concert reception hosted by La Maison Française de Cleveland

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!!