14 episodes

Les Délices Music Meditations combines poetry and music to bring soul-soothing and life-affirming art into your day.

Featuring classic and contemporary poetry by Northeast Ohio writers along with curated performances from Les Délices live-performance archives, each episode concludes with prompts for mindfulness or guided listening.

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Les Délices Music Meditations combines poetry and music to bring soul-soothing and life-affirming art into your day.

Featuring classic and contemporary poetry by Northeast Ohio writers along with curated performances from Les Délices live-performance archives, each episode concludes with prompts for mindfulness or guided listening.

    A Meditation on Stillness

    A Meditation on Stillness

    Julie Warther's extended haiku poem "One Child's Candle," explores themes beauty and stillness in imagery from Christmas Eve, including a whispered, reverent third verse of the carol "Silent Night," performed here by members of Les Délices (featuring soprano Elena Mullins) from the group's 2020 virtual concert Noel, Noel.

    • 4 min
    A Meditation on Possibility

    A Meditation on Possibility

    Dave Lucas's poem "Three Kings," reframes the Epiphany as a universal quest about possibility. In this meditation, we pair Lucas's poem with an instrumental performance of the old French carol, “Or nous dites Marie,” arranged by the French Baroque composer Marc-Antoine Charpentier, as performed by Les Délices for our 2020 virtual concert Noel, Noel.

    • 3 min
    A Meditation on Nostalgia

    A Meditation on Nostalgia

    Diane Kendig's poem "At the Christmas Tree, on a line by Seamus Heaney," delights in flashes of recognition and nostalgia. The music, John Playford's seventeenth-century variations on the ancient tune Greensleeves features violinist Julie Andrijeski.

    • 4 min
    A Meditation on Humility

    A Meditation on Humility

    Christina Rossetti's classic poem "Christmas Eve" contrasts the miracle of Jesus’s birth with his sacrifice. In this Meditation, recited by Dee Perry, we hear an instrumental noel, "Le Roy des cieux vient de naître" arranged by French Baroque composer Michel Corrette, performed live in concert by Les Délices in 2018.

    • 2 min
    A Meditation on Otherness

    A Meditation on Otherness

    Featuring the poems Mary Ann and Jellyfish by Joyce Nichols, read by Debra Nagy. The music comprises a short prelude and the rondeau Les Sylvains by French Baroque composer Robert de Visée performed live by lute player Lucas Harris in concert with Les Délices in 2019.

    • 8 min
    A Meditation on the Moment

    A Meditation on the Moment

    Featuring the poems Being in the Country and Dancing by Dalin Evans and Ode to 1795 by Mike Dayton, read by the authors. The music comprises two movements (a Prelude and Allemande) by French Baroque composer Louis Antoine Dornel performed live by Les Délices in 2013 with baroque oboe, viola da gamba, and harpsichord.

    • 4 min

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