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Concert Information

My Bonny Lass She Smelleth:
P.D.Q. Bach and More Saucy Songs of the 17th Century

Saturday, October 18, 8:00 PM          Cathedral Church of St. Mark
Sunday, October 19, 5:00 PM            231 E 100 S, Salt Lake City

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

Emily Nelson, soprano • Gretchen Windt, mezzo-soprano • Geoffrey Friedley, tenor 
Christopher LeCluyse, tenor • Ricky Parkinson, bass 
Lisa Chaufty, recorder • Pamela Palmer Jones, harpsichord • Eleanor Christman Cox, baroque cello

Utopia kicks off the 2014-2015 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.

A Celtic Christmas

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

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

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

Celebrate the holidays with the beauty of music from the lands of the Celts. Utopia presents songs and instrumentals in a solstice mode from Ireland, Scotland, Wales, the Isle of Man, and Brittany. Fiddler Bronwen Beecher and Celtic harpist Therese Honey join a vocal quartet to span the full range of the season, from festive reels to winter lullabies.

The Dance of Love: Romantic Songs from Machaut to Brahms

Monday, February 23, 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 Nelson, soprano • Aubrey Adams-McMillan, mezzo-soprano
Christopher LeCluyse, tenor • Michael Chipman, baritone
David Walker, lute

Utopia joins Westminster voice and piano faculty and guest lutenist David Walker for a post-Valentine’s celebration of love combining song and dance across the ages. Hear Brahms’ Liebeslieder Waltzes and Schubert part songs alongside Renaissance galliards and medieval dances—all in celebration of love in its many forms.

Poignant Pleasures: Music of the French Baroque

Saturday, May 9, 8:00 PM            Cathedral Church of St. Mark
Sunday, May 10 , 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
Alex Woods, violin • Audrey Woods, violin • John Lenti, theorbo • Eleanor Christman Cox, baroque cello

Composers of the French Baroque 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 Marais, Charpentier, Campra and other masters of je ne sais quoi.
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