Le Meslange des Plaisirs

mostly early music

Le Meslange des Plaisirs is a consortium of musicians specializing in late 18th c. chamber music and salon music 1750-1810, with diversions into earlier music and new music for historic instruments. The ensemble name translates as "A Compendium of Delights," and was used by 18th-century theorists to describe a blending of national styles.  Our meslange often includes the mixing of antique, reproduction and modern instruments, accompanied by keyboards as diverse as fortepiano, harpsichord, Lautenwerk or harmonium. 

Trio Le Meslange des Plaisirs (violin, harp, fortepiano) regularly performs for the Southampton Chamber Music Society, directed by violinist/violist James Day. Cheryl Dungan Cunningham and Kathleen Scheide frequently play as duo Voix seraphique (harp, fortepiano). Additional collaborators include soprano Jennifer Young and baritone Timothy Urban.

Personnel varies by program. Representative programs include Ave Maria: Music inspired by Mary’s life, Bel Canto: Variations on Operatic Themes, Court to Countryside: Music of the Slavic Regions, and London/Philadelphia: Colonial connections. 

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