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Concert Information

Menagerie: Beasts of the Middle Ages and Renaissance

Saturday, October 12, 8:00 PM     Cathedral Church of St. Mark
Sunday, October 13, 5:00 PM        231 E 100 S, Salt Lake City

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

Emily Nelson, soprano • Nate Pence, countertenor • Christopher LeCluyse, tenor  John Bergquist, bass
Therese Honey, Gothic harp • Lisa Chaufty, recorder and flute

There is no shortage of creatures that slither, swoop, and pad through the pages of ancient music! Gothic harp and recorder join a vocal quartet to celebrate the gentle lamb, the loyal hound, the glorious phoenix, and the industrious silkworm, to name a few. With Medieval chant and trouvère song, jolly Renaissance madrigals, and delicate ars subtilior textures, our concert will revel in the chirps, bahs and rustlings of the animal world.

A Celtic Christmas

Saturday, December 21, 8:00 PM      Cathedral Church of St. Mark
Sunday, December 22, 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 • Ricky Parkinson, bass 
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.



Fortune's Wheel: The Extraordinary Life of Christine de Pizan

Saturday, March 14, 8:00 PM     Cathedral Church of St. Mark 
Sunday, March 15, 5:00 PM        231 E 100 S, Salt Lake City 

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

Emily Nelson, soprano • Nate Pence, countertenor• Christopher LeCluyse, tenor, John Bergquist, bass
Rotem Gilbert, 
Renaissance reeds and winds  Lisa Chaufty, recorder 
Therese Honey, Gothic harp  Peter Maund, percussion

Christine de Pizan was an intellectual pioneer at the dawn of the Renaissance. An early feminist and humanist, she started conversations that still ripple through our daily lives. Using music and spoken translations of Christine's writings, our concert will give an entertaining and eye-opening overview of her life, times, and creative work. Medieval lute, percussion, and recorder join a vocal quartet for this lively celebration of International Women’s History Month.

This concert is made possible in part by a generous grant from the Salt Lake City Arts Council.


A Mighty Fortress: Music of the German Baroque

Saturday, May 16, 8:00 PM     Cathedral Church of St. Mark 
Sunday, May 17, 5:00 PM        231 E 100 S, Salt Lake City 

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

Emily Nelson, soprano • Nate Pence, countertenor  Christopher LeCluyse, tenor  John Bergquist, bass
Alex Woods, Baroque violin • Aubrey Woods, Baroque violin
Jonathan Oddie, organ • Eleanor Christman-Cox, cello

Utopia finishes its season by spanning the German Baroque from Schütz to Bach. As Italian musical ideas made their way to northern Europe, German composers crafted a focus on the power of the word and the intricacies of musical structure. In addition to works by Johann Sebastian Bach, we will show this international cross-pollination in works by Buxtedhude, Hasse, and others. Baroque strings, harpsichord, and a vocal quartet perform sacred and secular masterworks.