The Musica Angelica Chamber Music Series will present Cantates Francaises, a performance of three French cantatas from the early 18th century, at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 17 at the First Presbyterian Church, 1220 Second St., Santa Monica.

Soprano Ellen Hargis will appear as a guest artist with members of Musica Angelica. The three French choral compositions to be performed are “Pan et Syrinx” by Michel Pignolet de Montéclair; “Orphée” by Jean-Phillipe Rameau; and “Leandre et Hero” by Louis-Nicolas Clérambault.

“Ellen has appeared with the most renowned ensembles and conductors in the Early Music field,” Musica Angelica’s Managing Director Laura Spino said. “We are thrilled to present this exceptional artist with members of Musica Angelica in two evenings of some of the most intimately beautiful French music written.”

Hargis said of the program, “Unlike its German and Italian counterparts, the French cantata was ‘invented’ in 1706 by the poet Jean-Baptiste Rousseau. It was soon taken up by many famous composers of the day, including Montéclair, Clérambault and Rameau, whose works we’ll be performing.”

“All three of the cantatas deal with fatal attractions.”

The members of Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra who will join Hargis include Janet Strass, violin; Debra Nagy, oboe; William Skeen, cello; and Ian Pritchard, harpsichord.

Tickets for Cantates Françaises are $39 for general admission, or $15 for students with identification.

For more information or to order tickets, (310) 458-4504, or www.musicaangelica.org.

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