Exploration of dance at Candlelight Concerts

Wilton Candlelight Concerts will wrap up its 68th season on Sunday, April 17, with a performance by the early music ensemble Les Délices.

The program it will present, Caractères de la danse, explores the role of dance in the 17th and 18th Centuries. Simultaneously signaling power and grace, refinement and discipline, the art of dancing held a singular status at the court of Louis XIV. The king elevated dancing to the level of high art, created the world’s first ballet school (the Académie Royale de la danse), and turned a social pastime into a stylized professional pursuit.

Les Délices will explore dance from its social roots in the ballroom to the idiosyncratic, highly expressive music written for the first prima ballerinas on the stage. Works include Jean Féry-Rebel’s virtuoso Characters of the Dance, a scene from Rameau's Pigmalion, the earthy, rollicking dances of Boismortier's Ballets de Villages, and solos for oboe and viola da gamba.

The concert begins at 4 at the Wilton Congregational Church, 70 Ridgefield Road. Tickets may be purchased at the door for $30; $25 for seniors and students; 16 years old and under, free.

Information: wiltoncandlelightconcerts.org. To be added to the brochure mailing list for the 2016/2017 season, call 203-762-3401. Candlelight Concerts benefits the Wilton Library Association and accepts individual and corporate tax-deductible contributions.