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MainStage Live

Les Délices with Nicholas Phan


Spa Trio - Susanna Phillips, Anne-Marie McDermott, Paul Deubauer

February 24, 2025, 7:30PM

PNC Theatre, 350 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, 15222

Michel Pignolet de Montéclair  La Bergère

Marin Marais Le Labyrinthe from 4ème Livre

Viet Cuong  A Moment’s Oblivion (World Premiere)
     *Commissioned by Les Délices

François Couperin    Selections from Sixième Ordre, 2ème Livre
                                                      Barricades mistérieuses

                                                      Les Langueurs tendres

Michel Pignolet de Montéclair  Le Dépit généreux

Baroque-era instruments and new compositions collide to redefine the boundaries of early music, inspired by a traditional Chinese Confucian myth.

Grammy-nominated vocalist Nicholas Phan and early music ensemble Les Délices weave together Baroque masterpieces with the Pittsburgh debut of a new commissioned work by Vietnamese-American composer Viet Cuong. Inspired by a Chinese Confucian myth about illness and memory loss, “A Moment’s Oblivion” provides a nuanced exploration of healing, acceptance, and the human costs of experimental treatments. 

This program is the first installment of Les Délices’ ambitious Mythology Project, a groundbreaking concert series that redefines the boundaries of early music by presenting new commissioned works on period instruments. With a reputation for bringing audiences on “journeys of discovery” (The New York Times), Les Délices delights and inspires audiences for music on period instruments through innovative programming and world-class performances.

Tenor Nicholas Phan has been described by the Boston Globe as “one of the world’s most remarkable singers,” praised for his keen intelligence, captivating stage presence, and natural musicianship. Phan performs regularly with the world’s leading orchestras and opera companies. Also an avid recitalist, Phan co-founded the Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago to promote art song and vocal chamber music.

Les Délices features Shelby Yamin on violin, Mark Edwards on harpsichord, Debra Nagy on baroque oboe, and Rebecca Landell on baroque cello and viola da gamba.