SalonEra Archives

Celestial Soundtrack (Oct. 9)

SalonEra shoots for the stars in this episode, guest-curated by violinist Shelby Yamin. With insights from astronomer Dr. Juan Lora, lutenist Charles Weaver, and cellist Léonie Adams of the Dionysus Ensemble, we explore the musical world of Galileo Galilei and his father, composer Vincenzo Galilei and the fascinating life and music of 18th-century astronomer and composer William Herschel.

Modfest kaleidoscope ensemble

Oct. 23: Exclusive: The Pow’r of Musick (audio only)

An exclusive episode about Les Délices 2023-24 Season Opener: a special collaboration featuring Kaleidoscope Vocal Ensemble’s all-star team of vocalists. This inspiring program mixes music by Henry Purcell and living composers Jonathan Woody, Sydney Guillaume, and Caroline Shaw.

Nov. 13: Shipwreck!

Henry VIII’s flagship the Mary Rose sank in 1545 with a chest full of instruments on board. We talk with polymaths Allison Monroe and Peter Walker about telling the ship’s story through music alongside featured performances from medieval ensemble Trobár.

Dec. 11: Songs for Social Justice

Renaissance lute songs, African American Spirituals, and traditional Lebanese melodies become vehicles for storytelling as Michael Walker (countertenor) and Haitham Haidar (tenor) explore themes of identity and representation, struggle and resilience, and community and belonging.

Jan 8: The Phoenix of Mexico (audio re-release)

In this exclusive audio-only re-release of The Phoenix of Mexico from SE’s second season, bassoonist Catalina Guevara Víquez Klein, violinist Karin Cuellar Rendon, and mezzo-soprano Raquel Winnica Young explore personal connections to Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz (1648-1695).

Feb. 26: Orpheus Revisited

Join us for French Baroque portrayals of the Orpheus myth featuring beautifully recorded performances of works by Rameau, Courbois, and Jonathan Woody from Les Délices’ digital catalog paired with fresh interviews.

Mar. 25: Inside the Goldbergs

Together with acclaimed Bach scholar Michael Marissen, harpsichordist Mark Edwards, and pianist Dror Biran, we go Inside the Goldbergs to explore Bach’s momentous work and consider the unique challenges and opportunities that Bach’s music has for us all.

May 13: Sancho’s Songbook

A man of letters, merchant, abolitionist, theater lover, and musician, Charles Ignatius Sancho made history as the first British man of African descent to vote in a general election. We explore Sancho’s life and legacy in this new episode that includes performances and interviews with Jonathan Woody, Reggie Mobley, Rebecca Cypess, Nicole Aljoe, and other special guests.

June 17: Gilded-Age Chicago

Focusing on the extraordinary music of Black composers and friends Margaret Bonds and Florence Price, who came to Chicago as part of the Great Migration, this episode features exciting  recordings and insights from leading scholar-musicians including Dr. Samantha Ege, Dr. Christine Jobson, and soprano Michele Kennedy.