Cambridge Society for Early Music Concert

April 1, 2017 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Salem Athenaeum
337 Essex St
Salem, MA 01970
$30; $25 for members and seniors; free for students 17 and under
Flynn Warmington
Songs Without Words: Airs and Torch Songs Transformed
with Debra Nagy, baroque oboe (director)
Emily Walhout, viola da gamba — Eric Milnes, harpsichord — David Jacques, theorbo and baroque guitar
Debra Nagy, a baroque oboist of “consummate taste and expressivity” founded Les Delices in Cleveland in 2006, bringing together artists with national reputations who share a passion for the exquisite music of the French baroque.  Their polished, dynamic performances of masterpieces and little-known works draw rapturous reviews.  CSEM audiences heard Debra Nagy together with Blue Heron in 2015, and her extraordinary performances left us hoping she would return.
With a musical approach that’s “distinctly sensual…pliant, warm and sweet” (The New York Times), Ms. Nagy expands the repertoire for her instrument with timeless songs whose emotionally-charged melodies stir the passions and inspire improvisation with echoes of jazz.  Accompanied by a lush continuo band of viola da gamba, theorbo, and harpsichord, she breathes new life into torch songs from the 17th to 20th centuries in this program of original arrangements and improvisations.  Music by French masters who served Louis XIV–Michel Lambert (d. 1696) and Sebastien Le Camus (d. 1677)–along wtih popular Americans Jerome Kern and Nina Simone.
A reception follows.  For tickets and information, call 617-489-2062 or visit
Members and seniors, $25; non-members, $30.
Free for students 17 and under.