by Mike Telin
For centuries, people have wanted the things they cannot have, especially when it comes to love. In their current collaborative program, Lessons in Love, Debra Nagy of Cleveland-based Les Délices and Scott Metcalfe of Boston-based Blue Heron have created a musical and philosophical journey that focuses on the late Medieval attitude toward intimacy. The program draws from the narrative poem Roman da la Rose, in which the allegorical character Hope (Esperance) counsels a courtly lover through his amorous pains, guiding him down the path of turning his suffering into delight.
Lessons in Love features Martin Near (countertenor), Jason McStoots (tenor), Sumner Thompson (baritone), Metcalfe (vielle and harp), Nagy (medieval winds), and Mark Rimple (lute). Performances in Ohio will take place in Akron, Columbus, and Cleveland Jan. 16-19. The program will travel to Massachusetts for concerts in Cambridge and Norwell on Feb. 22 and 23.
Read the article on the website of Early Music America