Press Release: Announcing Special September Events

LES DÉLICES JUMPSTARTS 2024-25 SEASON WITH FREE COMMUNITY PERFORMANCE AND A REGIONAL TOUR

CLEVELAND – Before its 2024-25 Concert Series begins in earnest, Cleveland-based chamber music ensemble Les Délices will present a free performance of its foot-stomping folk program The Highland Lassie in Collinwood at the Waterloo Arts Festival on Saturday, September 14th, 2024.

The Highland Lassie at Waterloo Arts

The Highland Lassie celebrates the beautiful folk tradition of the Scottish highlands. After its initial release as an online concert, then as an album, the ensemble is thrilled to again mount a free, outdoor version of this special baroque-folk program. Says LD Artistic Director Debra Nagy “This is a program that really gets toes tapping – and there’s a chance that everyone will be joining in with their voices by the end!”

A celebration of Scottish folk music, The Highland Lassie features 18th century Scotch tunes and reels plus famous songs such as “A Red, Red Rose,” and “Barbara Allen” sung by LD favorite soprano Elena Mullins Bailey. With haunting melodies, budding romanticism, and nostalgic sentimentality, the traditional Scots songs speak powerfully to us today. “The emotions are raw and real,” Nagy added. “One of my favorites is ‘William & Margaret,’ in which Margaret’s ghost visits William in the night and berates him for breaking his oath of love. I won’t give away the ending but I doubt there will be a dry eye.”

The free community event, hosted on an outdoor stage on Waterloo Road at East 161st Street as part of the annual Waterloo Arts Fest, kicks off a regional tour of concerts and educational outreach that will take Les Délices to Michigan State University (Sept. 16-17) and Coshocton, Ohio (Sept. 18-19).

On Tour in Michigan and Ohio

The tour will feature instrumental performances of two popular LD programs: The Highland Lassie, and an adapted version of Sounds of Sancho’s London, celebrating the music and milieu of Charles Ignatius Sancho. Traveling with Artistic Director and oboist Debra Nagy are violinists Allison Monroe and Julie Andrijeski, cellist Rebecca Landell, and harpsichordist Mark Edwards. Throughout the tour, LD musicians will engage with local students through teaching and other outreach activities.

Sounds of Sancho’s London

Charles Ignatius Sancho (1729-1780) was an abolitionist, musician, writer, and the first British man of African descent to vote in a general election. Debra Nagy commented, “Sancho’s surviving music includes a book of songs as well as minuets for the ballroom and country dances from the alehouse. Though Sancho’s name is well known to literary and art historians, his music is only beginning to get the attention it deserves. Not only is it important to recognize Sancho’s contributions in the field of music, but – simply put – his music is a joy to play and to listen to. It’s full of life and catchy tunes!”

Les Délices will perform music by Sancho and his contemporaries at Michigan State University’s Fairchild Theater on Tuesday, Sept. 17th at 7:30 pm and Thursday, Sept. 19th in Coshocton, Ohio at Redhouse, a private residence inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright. 

Event Details 

The Highland Lassie at Waterloo Arts Festival
Saturday, September 14th, 2024
Outdoor stage at Waterloo Road and E. 161st St.
Afternoon time slot (exact timing TBA)
More information will be available at waterlooartsfest.org

LD ON TOUR AT MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY
Sounds of Sancho’s London
Tuesday, September 17, 2024 at 7:30 pm
Fairchild Theater – MSU Campus
542 Auditorium Road, East Lansing, OH

LD ON TOUR AT COSHOCTON, OHIO 
The Highland Lassie (with community dancing)
Wednesday, September 18th, 2024 at 6:30 pm
Summer Street Dance Series at artPARK on Main Street, Coshocton, OH

Sounds of Sancho’s London
Thursday, September 19th, 2024 at 2:00 pm
House Concert at Redhouse, Coshocton, OH
Presented by Pomerene Center for the Arts