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2016-2017

The Seven Deadly Sins

Saturday, October 29, 8:00 PM          Cathedral Church of St. Mark
Sunday, October 30, 5:00 PM             231 E 100 S, Salt Lake City

Admission: Pay as able (suggested $15 general / $12 senior / $10 student)

Emily Nelson, soprano  Christopher LeCluyse, tenor
Lisa Chaufty, recorder • Loren Carle, harpsichord • Eleanor Christman Cox, baroque cello

    Can we interest you in a smidgen of sloth or a little drizzle of lust? We don't blame you. In fact, we offer an entire concert in lighthearted tribute to the seven famous foibles of humanity. Mining material from the Renaissance and Baroque, we've selected works that describe the temptations and frustrations that have plagued us from the beginning. Celebrate Halloween with works by Purcell, Dowland, and that old master of wrath and pride, George Frideric Handel. We won't tell anyone that your purse is full of candy....



A Celtic Christmas

Saturday, December 17, 8:00 PM         Cathedral Church of St. Mark
Sunday, December 18, 5:00 PM            231 E 100 S, Salt Lake City

Admission: Pay as able (suggested $15 general / $12 senior / $10 student)

Emily Nelson, soprano • Megan Lee, mezzo-soprano  Christopher LeCluyse, tenor • Michael Chipman, baritone
Bronwen Beecher, fiddle  Lisa Chaufty, recorder • Therese Honey, Celtic harp • Eleanor Christman Cox, baroque cello

    Utopia celebrates the holidays by bringing back our Celtic favorites! The program features songs and instrumentals in a solstice mode from Ireland, Scotland, Wales, the Isle of Man, and Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. Fiddler Bronwen Beecher, Celtic harpist Therese Honey, flutist Lisa Chaufty, and cellist Eleanor Christman Cox join a vocal quartet to span the full range of the season, from festive reels to winter lullabies. Hear medieval Irish chant, songs from Renaissance Scotland, Irish and Welsh carols, and rollicking jigs and reels.



Secret Music: Rediscovering the Baroque Virtuosa

        Saturday, February 25, 8:00 PM         Cathedral Church of St. Mark
        Sunday, February 26, 5:00 PM            231 E 100 S, Salt Lake City

Admission: Pay as able (suggested $15 general / $12 senior / $10 student)

Something revolutionary happened in seventeenth-century Ferrara, Italy. The ladies in waiting of Duchess Margherita Gonzaga, selected for musical talent rather than high birth, sang with electrifying virtuosity. Soon this "secret music" gained fame as the Singing Ladies of Ferrara broke barriers of what it meant to be a female performer. Featuring rarely-performed works written for these virtuosas, our concert celebrates women composers and performers of Baroque Italy, including works by Barbara Strozzi, Bianca Maria Meda, and Isabella Leonarda. This concert is made possible in part by a generous grant from the Salt Lake City Arts Council.

Emily Nelson, soprano • Melissa Heath, soprano • Gretchen Windt, mezzo-soprano • Christopher LeCluyse, tenor • Markel Reed, baritone
Hasse Borup, violin • Leslie Henrie, violin • David Walker, theorbo • Loren Carle, harpsichord • Eleanor Christman Cox, Baroque cello

Wild and Sweet: The Many Faces of the Renaissance

Monday, May 15, 7:30 PM                Vieve Gore Concert Hall
                                                           Westminster College
                                                           1200 E 1700 S, Salt Lake City

Admission:  $15 general, students FREE with valid ID from any institution (no children under seven, please)

Utopia Early Music and the Westminster voice faculty team up with visiting artists Shulamit Kleinerman and Rotem Gilbert for a musical journey through the Renaissance. From opulent late Medieval textures to the clean formal perfection of the 16th century, this period saw a blossoming of myriad styles that reflected mankind's shifting sense of the world and his place in it. Our program traces these transformations from the sophistication of Machaut to the clarity of Palestrina and Dowland.

Emily Nelson, soprano • Aubrey Adams-McMillan, mezzo-soprano • Christopher LeCluyse, tenor • Jared Lesa, baritone 
Shulamit Kleinerman, Renaissance strings • Rotem Gilbert, recorders and double reeds • Loren Carle, harpsichord




2015-2016

Orpheus' Lyre: 
Music of the Italian Baroque

Saturday, October 3, 8:00 PM and Sunday, October 4, 6:00 
Cathedral Church of St. Mark

Utopia Early Music transports you to Baroque Italy for the blossoming of a musical revolution. Yearning for the expressive purity they imagined in antiquity, composers stretched as never before to create music that would stir the passions and feed the human soul with divine fire. A quartet of voices and virtuosic strings, including Bay Area lutenist Adam Cockerham, bring skill and vibrancy to rarely heard works from this crucial moment in music history. 

Emily Nelson, soprano • Gretchen Windt, mezzo-soprano  Christopher LeCluyse, tenor • Jared Lesa, baritone
Alex Woods, violin • Aubrey Woods, violin • Adam Cockerham, theorbo • Eleanor Christman Cox, baroque cello



Angel Song: 
A Medieval Christmas
Saturday, December 5, 8:00 PM and Sunday, December 6, 5:00 PM
Cathedral Church of St. Mark

Featuring meditative chant, breathtaking multi-voice textures, and rollicking Medieval dances, Angel Song: A Medieval Christmas will offer a special moment of holiday celebration for all ages. The program will include a scene from 13th century liturgical drama, The Play of Daniel, which has enjoyed a recent popular revival but has never been performed in Salt Lake. Additionally, Utopia will stretch its horizons to include medieval works from Eastern Europe. This concert is made possible in part by a generous grant from the Salt Lake City Arts Council.

Emily Nelson, soprano • Megan Lee, mezzo-soprano  Christopher LeCluyse, tenor • Shulamit Kleinerman, vielle  Therese Honey, Gothic harp



Call of the Sea
Monday, February 29, 7:30 PM      
Vieve Gore Concert Hall, Westminster College

Utopia Early Music joins area musicians on a nautical adventure, presenting songs of the sea from across the centuries. Early American and British boat songs and chanteys sail alongside hornpipes and ballads from the coasts of Europe.

Emily Nelson, soprano; Christopher LeCluyse, tenor; Aubrey Adams-MacMillan, mezzo-soprano; Michael Chipman, baritone; Ricky Parkinson, bass; Bronwen Beecher, fiddle, Lisa Chaufty, recorder; Michael Lucarelli, guitar; Loren Carle, harpsichord and bodhran, Kimi Kawashima, piano; Emily Williams, piano




Cancionero: Music of Three Spains
Saturday, April 16, 8:00 PM and Sunday, April 17 , 5:00 PM, Cathedral Church of St. Mark

Utopia finishes its season with Spanish flair! For eight centuries the blending of Muslim, Christian, and Jewish cultures left its mark on Spanish music. The musical influences that came together to produce flamenco and found their way into Latin American music were first expressed in pilgrim songs from Santiago da Compostella, the music of Sephardic Jews, and folk traditions of Muslim Spain.
Emily Nelson, soprano • Christopher LeCluyse, tenor • Gretchen Windt, mezzo-soprano • Ricky Parkinson, bass
Lisa Chaufty, recorder • Adam Cockerham, lute










2014-2015


My Bonny Lass She Smelleth: PDQ Bach and More Saucy Songs of the Seventeenth Century 

Saturday, October 18, 8:00 PM and Sunday, October 19, 5:00 PM at the Cathedral Church of St. Mark 

Utopia Early Music kicks off the new season with a weekend of fun and frolic featuring selections from The Short-Tempered Clavier and The Art of the Ground Round by P.D.Q. Bach (a.k.a. Peter Schickele). To keep things historical, Utopia presents these “exquisite” masterworks alongside their legit, if still saucy, forebears: naughty songs from Elizabethan England, seventeenth century drinking songs, and even the humorous side of that other Bach.


For this concert, Utopia features local singers and historical instruments. Co-founders Emily Nelson           (soprano) and Christopher LeCluyse (tenor) will be joined by Gretchen Windt (mezzo-soprano), Geoffrey Friedley (tenor), Ricky Parkinson (bass), Lisa Chaufty (recorder and flauto traverse) and Pamela Palmer Jones (harpsichord)




A Celtic Christmas

Saturday, December 6, at 8:00 PM and Sunday, December 7, at 5:00 PM at the Cathedral Church of St. Mark 

Utopia celebrates the holidays with music of transporting beauty from the lands of the Celts. The program features songs and instrumentals in a solstice mode from Ireland, Scotland, Wales, the Isle of Man, and Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. Fiddler Bronwen Beecher, Celtic harpist Therese Honey, flutist Lisa Chaufty, and cellist Eleanor Christman Cox join a vocal quartet to span the full range of the season, from festive reels to winter lullabies. Hear medieval Irish chant, songs from Renaissance Scotland, settings of tunes from Wales and the Isle of Man, and Robert Burns’s original “Auld Lang Syne.”

For this concert, Utopia co-founders Emily Nelson (soprano) and Christopher LeCluyse (tenor) will be joined by local favorites Gretchen Windt (mezzo-soprano), Michael Chipman (baritone), Lisa Chaufty (recorder and flute), Bronwen Beecher (fiddle), and Eleanor Christman Cox (cello). Visiting artist Therese Honey (Celtic harp) joins Utopia from Houston.






The Dance of Love: Romantic Songs from Machaut to Brahms
Monday, February 23, 7:30 PM

In an epilogue to Valentines’ Day, Salt Lake’s Utopia Early Music will join members of the Westminster voice faculty in a fabulously diverse collection of songs on the countless shades and dimensions of love.

Emily Nelson, soprano • Aubrey Adams-McMillan, mezzo-soprano • Christopher LeCluyse, tenor • Michael Chipman, baritone • David Walker, lute • Emily Williams, piano • Kimi Kawashima, piano







Poignant Pleasures: Music of the French Baroque

Saturday, May 9, 8:00 PM, and Sunday, May 10, 5:00 PM
 Cathedral Church of St. Mark 

French composers of the 17th and 18th centuries spun music of refined taste, luscious harmony, and poignant detachment. How one performs this music is as important as the music itself. Utopia and a skilled complement of strings present music of Marin Marais, Marc-Antoine Charpentier, Andre Campra, Francois Couperin and other masters of je ne sais quoi
Emily Nelson (soprano) and Christopher LeCluyse (tenor) will be joined by local virtuosi Alexander and Aubrey Woods (Baroque violins) and Eleanor Christman Cox (Baroque cello). Visiting artist Adam Cockerham (theorbo) joins Utopia from the San Francisco Bay Area.


New Song: A Musical Reformation
Thursday, July 2, 8:00 PM
Cathedral Church of St. Mark

Utopia Early Music explores the connections between sacred and secular music throughout the Reformation and Counter-Reformation in "New Song: A Musical Reformation." Hear the origins of favorite Protestant hymns and Bach chorales in chant, love songs, and madrigals as well as the Catholic response with music of extreme passion and intimacy. Several selections will require audience participation! This special concert is sponsored by the Cathedral Church of St. Mark in conjunction with the General Convention of the Episcopal Church.

Christopher LeCluyse (tenor) will be joined by Melissa Heath (soprano), Aubrey Adams-McMillan (mezzo soprano), Michael Chipman (baritone), Alexander and Aubrey Woods (Baroque violins), Leslie Richards (viola), and Eleanor Christman Cox (Baroque cello). Visiting artist Jonathan Rhodes Lee (organ) joins Utopia from Chicago. 



2013-2014


Harvest Song: Music of Medieval Germany

Friday, October 4, 8:00 PM 
Saturday, October 5, 8:00 PM 
Sunday, October 6, 5:00 PM
Cathedral Church of St. Mark, Salt Lake City

Long before Wagner romanticized the medieval Meistersinger or Carl Orff wrote the ultimate soundtrack for cinematic battle, German medieval music thrived on its own terms. During the Twelfth Century Renaissance, the music of the troubadours found expression in the songs of the German Minnesänger, Hildegard von Bingen spun her ecstatic chants, and wandering clerics penned the saucy and soulful Carmina Burana. Gothic harp, recorder, and medieval fiddle join our voices in songs of earthly and heavenly love, loss, and revelry, from the chapel to the tavern.

Emily Nelson, soprano • Geoffrey Friedley, tenor • Christopher LeCluyse, tenor • Ricky Parkinson, bass 
Lisa Chaufty, recorder • Shulamit Kleinerman, vielle • Therese Honey, Gothic harp



Star in the East: An Early Music Christmas

Friday, December 6, 8:00 PM; Saturday, December 7, 6:30 PM; and Sunday, December 8, 5:00 PM at the Cathedral Church of St. Mark, Salt Lake City. 

Utopia presents our favorite works for the holiday season from around the world and across time, from medieval chant and English carols to early American hymns, French noëls, Italian lullabies, and a German Christmas oratorio. Festive and warm, these pieces speak directly to the heart. A full complement of strings and voices share their musical gifts: Emily Nelson, soprano; Clara Hurtado-Lee, soprano; Christopher LeCluyse, tenor; Michael Chipman, baritone; John Lenti, lute; Alexander and Aubrey Woods, violin; and Eleanor Cox, baroque cello.

From meditative to joyous, Utopia brings Christmas favorites from around the globe. The haunting O Antiphons, chanted since the seventh century, punctuate a program that includes Claudio Monteverdi’s festive psalm “Beatus Vir,” instrumental noëls by Marc-Antoine Charpentier, selections from Heinrich Schütz’s Christmas Story, and Handel’s “For unto Us a Child Is Born” sung in true Baroque style. Medieval English carols resound alongside an American hymn by William Billings and the fervent Epiphany song “Star in the East,” from the Sacred Harp tradition. The Cathedral Church of St. Mark, offers its special support for this concert as it prepares for Christmas.



Baroque Winds

Friday and Saturday, March 14 and 15 at 8:00 PM, and Sunday, March 16 at 5:00 PM at the Cathedral Church of St. Mark

For this concert, Utopia features local virtuosi trained in playing historical instruments. Co-founders Emily Nelson (soprano) and Christopher LeCluyse (tenor) will be joined by Jayne Drummond (Baroque oboe), Miyo Aoki and Lisa Chaufty (recorders), and Eleanor Christman Cox (Baroque Cello). Regular guest David Walker (theorbo and Baroque guitar) joins us from Louisville, Kentucky. Together, this ensemble will perform works by high Baroque greats on a human scale. All-wood woodwinds and gut strings bring a warm, vibrant, and sensuous sound to solos and duets from Johann Sebastian Bach’s cantatas, songs by George Frideric Handel, vocal and instrumental works by Henry Purcell, and sonatas by Georg Philipp Telemann and Francesco Barsanti.




The Black Dragon: Music from the Time of Vlad Dracula

Monday, May 12
Vieve Gore Concert Hall

Utopia joins the Bay Area's Cançonièr in an experience of 15th-century music from the cultural crossroads of eastern Europe during the reign of the infamous Vlad the Impaler, including a German ballad about the historic Dracula, music of the Byzantine court and church, Italian and French dances, Balkan folk songs, Turkish music, and the Lamentation for the Fall of Constantinople by Guillaume Dufay.








2012-2013


Utopia Early Music and Ostraka: Music from the French Court
Monday, October 22, 8:00 PM
Vieve Gore Concert Hall
Nationally touring string trio Ostraka and Salt Lake’s own Utopia Early Music present refined repertoire from seventeenth-century France, including intimate lute songs, passionate duets, and fiery instrumental variations. Performers will be Utopia’s Emily Nelson (soprano) and Christopher LeCluyse (tenor); and Ostraka’s John Lenti (lute and theorbo), David Walker (Baroque guitar), and Josh Lee (viol).















Heaven to Earth: A German Baroque Christmas

December 7, 8:00 PM
December 8, 8:00 PM
December 9: 5:00 PM

St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral, Salt Lake City 

Heaven to Earth: A German Baroque Christmas” journeys from expectation and longing to celebration and fulfillment. Presenting works of Johann Sebastian Bach, his contemporaries, and predecessors. Utopia's two founding members will be joined by eight other musicians, including two guest artists from San Francisco. A vocal quintet, two violinists, organ, and viola da gamba will perform works by Bach, Johann Hermann Schein, Samuel Scheidt, Heinrich Schütz, Dietrich Buxtehude, and others, including selections from Bach's Christmas Oratorio and settings of German Advent and Christmas songs that are still sung today.

Utopia’s founders, Emily Nelson (soprano) and Christopher LeCluyse (tenor) team up with Valerie Hart Nelson (mezzo-soprano), Tyler Nelson (tenor), Ricky Parkinson (bass), Leslie Henrie (violin), Rebekah Blackner (violin), Jonathan Rhodes-Lee (organ), Christopher Wootton (organ), and Josh Lee (viola da gamba) for a lush baroque sonority.  



Harp of Éire: Six Centuries of Irish Music

March 8, 8:00 PM at Holy Family Catholic Church, South Ogden

Saturday, March 9, 8:00 PM

Sunday, March 10, 5:00 PM

Cathedral Church of St. Mark, Salt Lake City


Celtic harp, fiddle, and flute lead listeners on a journey from the earliest Irish chant to favorite nineteenth-century ballads. Utopia’s founders, Emily Nelson (soprano) and Christopher LeCluyse (tenor) are joined by Antona Yost (mezzo-soprano), Ricky Parkinson (bass), Lisa Chaufty (flute & recorder),  Bronwen Beecher (fiddle), and Therese Honey (Celtic harp) for a sparkling frolic through six hundred years of Irish music.  From the tuneful to the tearful, this nation’s beautiful tradition has the power to lift the spirits and stir the soul.  In addition to familiar nineteenth-century favorites like “Danny Boy,” we present little-heard songs from the fourteenth-century Dublin Troper, seventeenth- and eighteenth-century harp tunes, and twenty-first century settings of traditional Irish texts.



The Morning Trumpet: American Medieval

Friday and Saturday, May 10 and 11, 8:00 PM at the Cathedral Church of St. Mark, Salt Lake City

British settlers came to the New World to escape the Old but unknowingly recreated the sounds of their ancestors. Folk duo Otter Creek helps Utopia explore the parallels between early American, medieval, and Renaissance music. Utopia’s founders, Emily Nelson (soprano) and Christopher LeCluyse (tenor) are joined by Valerie Hart-Nelson (mezzo-soprano), Ricky Parkinson (bass), Mary Danzig (fiddle), and Peter Danzig (mandolin, guitar, banjo, and mountain dulcimer) for an evening of robust frontier tunes and their older European cousins. Hear songs by William Billings (the first named Anglo-American composer), ballads of the French and Indian Wars, Sacred Harp tunes, and Gospel and folk favorites like “Wayfaring Stranger” alongside monastic chant, Notre Dame polyphony, and the exquisite interweavings of Dunstaple, Byrd, and Palestrina. The family resemblance may surprise you!

Emily Nelson, soprano and Christopher LeCluyse, tenor 
with Valerie Hart Nelson, mezzo-soprano • Ricky Parkinson, bass
Mary Danzig, fiddle • Peter Danzig, mandolin, guitar & banjo




2011-2012

Istanpitta: Chevrefoil

Monday, September 12, 7:30 PM

Vieve Gore Recital Hall
Emma Eccles Jones Conservatory
Westminster College
1700 S 1200 E, Salt Lake City

Utopia joins the nationally touring medieval ensemble Istanpitta to recount the adventures of the heroic knight Tristan and his ill-fated love for the beautiful Irish princess Isolde. "Chevrefoil" brings to life the version of this story told by Marie de France, whose French-language poetry circulated in England a century after the Norman Conquest. Songs and dances from three centuries depict the passion, intrigue, and sorrow of this timeless story.
Utopia's Emiy Nelson, soprano, and Christopher LeCluyse, tenor, join some of the most skilled interpreters of medieval music: Tom Zajac, wind instruments; Al Cofrin, medieval lute; Shulamit Kleinerman, vielle; Therese Honey, harp; and Peter Maund, percussion.




Flor de Navidad: Music of Old and New Spain

Friday, December 9, 8:00 PM
Erbin Hall Oratory
Madeleine Choir School

Saturday, December 10, 5:30 PM
St. Stephen's Episcopal Church
4615 S 3200 W, West Valley City

Sunday, December 11, 5:00 PM
Erbin Hall Oratory

When Spain’s ships landed in the Americas, the encounter would change both Spain and the New World forever. The blending of European, Native American, and African cultures can be heard today in everything from salsa music and reggaeton to the famous habanera from Bizet’s *Carmen*. “Flor de Navidad” marks the beginning of that mixture, celebrating the Christmas season with exhilarating dance songs from Mexico and Guatemala, choral works written in the language of the Aztecs, and a mysterious duet from the Spanish cathedral of Zaragoza. These works are as genuine and personal as they are pleasing,
expressing the union of the human and the divine. This concert is supported by a generous grant from the Salt Lake City Arts Council and will feature spoken explanations and program notes in both Spanish and English.




Love's Sanctuary: New Music of the Fourteenth Century

Friday, March 2, 8:00 PM
Holy Family Catholic Church
1100 E 5550 S, South Ogden


Saturday, March 3, 8:00 PM
Erbin Hall Oratory
Madeleine Choir School

Sunday, March 4, 5:00 PM
Erbin Hall Oratory

The Black Death, the Hundred Years War, floods, famine and a prolonged economic slump shaped life in14th century Europe, sparking peasant rebellion and urban riot. Little wonder that French composers sought control in a “New Art” that opened music to heights of complexity and expression. A breath of fresh air to some and a scandal to others, this daring new style joyfully wrung out the full range of rhythms made possible by the latest notation. At its apex was the great French poet and composer Guillaume de Machaut. Meanwhile in northern Italy, composers like Francesco Landini and Johannes Ciconia followed on the age of Dante with their own take on the new style. “Love’s Sanctuary” revels in the tuneful, refined and fascinatingly avant-garde textures of this boldly experimental period, showing how the old can sound new.



Generous Beauty: A Musical Tour of Baroque Italy
Friday, May 11, 8:00 PM
Sunday, May 13, 5:00 PM
St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral, Salt Lake City

Utopia Early Music finishes its third season with “Generous Beauty: A Musical Tour of Baroque Italy.” Join us on our romantic Italian adventure—a musical treat for Mother’s Day weekend! 

“Generous Beauty” tours Italy in time and space, bringing you the early innovations of Monteverdi and his contemporaries—including women composers Francesca Caccini and Barbara Strozzi—as well as the late baroque sounds of Arcangelo Corelli, Alessandro Scarlatti, Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, and Antonio Vivaldi. Discover Italy’s gift to the world in the passion, playfulness, and sensuality of this music.

Utopia’s founders, Emily Nelson (soprano) and Christopher LeCluyse (tenor) team up with Tyler Nelson (tenor), Ricky Parkinson (bass), Lisa Chaufty (recorder), Pamela Palmer Jones (harpsichord), and Frances von Seggern Bach (viola da gamba) for a lush baroque sonority.



2010-2011
What Fright'ning Noise is This?

Friday, October 29 8:00PM

Sunday, October 31 5:00PM

St Mark's Episcopal Cathedral, Salt Lake City


All Hallows' Eve approaches. The veil between this world and the next is at its thinnest. You find yourself in a Gothic cathedral by flickering candlelight. A ghostly figure appears before you and begins to keen …. Purcell! Utopia’s second season gets off to a spine-tingling start with a program of Baroque music celebrating the ghostly, the ghoulish, and the macabre. Pieces include Henry Purcell’s “Bess of Bedlam” and music from The Indian Queen, Antonio Soler’s diabolical Sonata No. 15 in D minor, and Marin Marais’ musical presentation of a gallbladder operation.

 

Please join us for this celebration of spookiness, featuring Emily Nelson, soprano, Christopher LeCluyse, tenor, Nelson LeDuc, baritone,

Lisa Chaufty, recorder, Pam Jones, harpsichord, Christopher Wootton, organ, Frances Bach, viola da gamba, and extra-special guest, Vicki Boekman, who is flying to us (perhaps on a broomstick?) from Seattle to play recorder.

 



Lily in Winter: A Medieval Christmas
Friday, December 3, 8:00 PM
St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral, Salt Lake City
Saturday, December 4, 7:00 PM
Holy Family Catholic Church, South Ogden
Sunday, December 5, 7:00 PM
St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral, Salt Lake City 
Find refuge from the ugly sweaters and animatronic snowmen of the season in the passion and depth of medieval music. Our program spans over five centuries, varying in texture from Gregorian chant to rollicking English carols. Gothic harp, medieval fiddle, and percussion join Utopia's voices to create a soundscape of beautiful intensity. Readings from medieval mystics including Julian of Norwich and Meister Eckhart frame these festive and moving works.

Emily Nelson, soprano; Valerie Hart-Nelson, contralto; Christopher LeCluyse, tenor; Therese Honey, Gothic harp; Shulamit Kleinerman, vielle; Nick Foster, percussion



Flowers of Edinburgh: Five Centuries of Scottish Music 

Friday, February 25, 8:00 PM, and Sunday, February 27, 5:00 PM, at St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral, 231 E 100 S, Salt Lake City, Utah.

The windswept moors and crags of Scotland have long yielded some of the tenderest flowers of the British musical tradition. From spritely airs to mournful laments, Scottish music charms listeners with its tuneful melodies. This program is unusual in its scope as we stride the centuries from the Middle Ages to the nineteenth century. Sources range from thirteenth-century Orkney to Renaissance lute song collections, baroque settings of Scottish tunes by Francesco Geminiani, and the nineteenth-century Scots Musical Museum, compiled by Scotland’s favorite son, Robert Burns. Pieces include toe-tapping reels and elegant trio sonatas, sentimental love songs, chilling murder ballads, and even a sixteenth-century sales pitch by itinerant plow salesmen.

Utopia cofounders Emily Nelson (soprano) and Christopher LeCluyse (tenor) are joined by local musicians Lisa Chaufty (recorder), Pam Jones (harpsichord), Frances von Seggern Bach (viola da gamba and cello), Cynthia Douglass (Celtic harp) and Michael Lucarelli (guitar).



That's What She Said: Saucy Songs of the 17th Century
Friday, May 27, 8:00 PM
Saturday, May 28, 8:00 PM
Salt Lake Recital Hall
We Utopians strive for musical refinement, noble emotions, and the flawless delivery of obscure texts. But sometimes we just want a good laugh. That is why we are breaking out some of our favorites of the English language, with special attention to the adventurous, the narrative, and yes, the bawdy. Pieces will include Renaissance madrigals, ballads, catches, and songs of wit and mirth by Henry Purcell and his contemporaries. A WORD OF ADVICE: Hire a sitter for the little ones, unless you wish to explain a few things to them after the concert. Emily Nelson, soprano; Christopher LeCluyse, tenor; Mitchell Sturges, tenor; Lisa Chaufty, recorder; David Walker, lute


2009-2010

The Flawed Pearl:
Music of the English and Italian Baroque
 Pieces range from rousing satire to deepest tragedy, including some of the catchiest tunes in the repertory!

Emily Nelson (soprano), Christopher LeCluyse (tenor), Miyo Aoki (recorder), Jonathan Oddie (harpsichord) and Polly Gibson (viola da gamba). 
 
Friday, Sept. 11 at 8:00PM
 
Sunday, Sept. 13 at 5:00PM
St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral
231 East 100 South, Salt Lake City







The Siren and the Nightingale
: French Medieval Meets Folk.  

An iridescent panther with sweet breath.  An enchanted maiden clothed in leaves and flowers.  These creatures, born hundreds of years ago in the French imagination, are carried to us through the mists of time by haunting music.  Hear the story of a lady rescued from peril, and another whose lover was killed in a joust.  Come and tap your toe to an ancient tune and let your imagination dance in the autumn night!

Saturday, November 7, 8:00 PM and Sunday, November 8 , 5:00 PM at St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral

Emily Nelson, soprano, Christopher LeCluyse, tenor, Shulamit Kleinerman, vielle, Bronwen Beecher, fiddle, Peter Maund and Nick Foster, percussion.



The American Muse

Our concert will trace American music from colonial beginnings all the way across the Rocky Mountains into our own Salt Lake Valley.  This music contains the purest religion, the tenderest love and the most bloodcurdling violence that early music has to offer.  Some of it is funny, too!

Saturday, February 5, 2010  8:00 PM

Sunday, February 7, 2010  5:00 PM
St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral
231 East 100, Salt Lake City
Emily Nelson, soprano, Christopher LeCluyse, tenor, Catherine Coda, mezzo-soprano, Nelson LeDuc, baritone, Bronwen Beecher, fiddle, Nick Foster, guitar.



Sacred Darkness 

The Baroque was born amid the clamor of the Reformation and Counter-Reformation. Believers seeking a more immediate experience of the divine poured their passion into music. Set amid the reflective season of Lent, this concert journeys into the dark night of the soul confronted with mortality and mystery. Selections include François Couperin’s haunting Leçons de ténèbres along with works by Buxtehude, Schütz, Legrenzi, and Rigatti.
 
Emily Nelson, soprano • Christopher LeCluyse, tenor • Rebecca Hample, soprano • Catherine Coda, soprano • Matthew Bryner, baritone 
Lisa Chaufty, recorder • Vanessa Bridge, recorder • Jennifer Streeter, organ and harpsichord • Leslie Richards, viola da gamba

Friday, March 12, 2010  8:00 PM
, Holy Family Catholic Church, South Ogden
 Saturday, March 13, 2010  8:00 PM, Sunday, March 14, 2010  5:00 PM, St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral, 
Salt Lake City