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Harvest Song: Music from Medieval Germany

Friday, October 4, 8:00 PM            Cathedral Church of St. Mark
Saturday, October 5, 8:00 PM        231 E 100 S, Salt Lake City
Sunday, October 6, 5:00 PM

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

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

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.

Star in the East: An Early Music Christmas

Friday, December 6, 8:00 PM                Cathedral Church of St. Mark
Saturday, December 7, 6:30 PM            231 E 100 S, Salt Lake City
Sunday, December 8, 5:00 PM

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

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. 

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, and Italian lullabies. Festive and warm, these pieces speak directly to the heart. A full complement of strings and voices share their musical gifts.

Baroque Winds

Friday, March 14, 8:00 PM                 Cathedral Church of St. Mark
Saturday, March 15, 8:00 PM             231 E 100 S, Salt Lake City
Sunday, March 16, 5:00 PM                   

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

Emily Nelson, soprano • Christopher LeCluyse, tenor
Miyo Aoki, recorder • Lisa Chaufty, recorder and flute • Jayne Drummond, Baroque oboe
David Walker, lute • Eleanor Cox, Baroque cello

As the first signs of spring emerge and cool breezes frisk through the branches, Baroque winds breathe life into works by Handel, Telemann, Bach, and other greats.

The Black Dragon: Music from the Time of Vlad Dracula

Monday, May 12, 8:00 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)

Emily Neslon, soprano, and Christopher LeCluyse, tenor,  join Cançoniér:
Phoebe Jevtovic, voice • Shira Kammen, vielle and harp
Annette Bauer: recorder • Tim Rayborn: psaltery, percussion, ‘ud 

Experience 15th-century music from the cultural crossroads of eastern Europe during the reign of the infamous Vlad the Impaler. Utopia joins San Francisco-based medieval ensemble Cançonièr to perform 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.