Concert Information

Echoes of Old Gods: Music from the Fringes of Europe

Utopia revisits one of our favorite programs of medieval works from northern and eastern Europe, featuring works from Ireland, Scotland, Scandinavia, Finland, Ukraine, and other cultures of eastern Europe and northern Africa. Shulamit Kleinerman (vielle) and Therese Honey (Gothic harp) join a trio of voices to bring this hauntingly beautiful and rarely heard music to life.


Saturday, October 8, 7:30 PM Cathedral Church of St. Mark

Sunday, October 9, 5:00 PM 231 E 100 S, Salt Lake City

Admission: Pay as able (suggested $20 general / $15 senior / $15 student)

(Donations accepted at the door; this is a non-ticketed event)

Emily Nelson, soprano Christopher LeCluyse, tenor Nate Pence, countertenor

Therese Honey, Gothic harp Shulamit Kleinerman, vielle

Celtic Christmas

Utopia celebrates the holidays by bringing back our Celtic favorites! The program features songs and instrumentals in a solstice mode from Ireland, Scotland, England, Wales, the Isle of Man, and Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. Fiddlers, harp, bodhrán and flute join a vocal quartet to span the full range of the season, from festive reels to winter lullabies. Hear Medieval chant, songs from Renaissance Scotland, Irish and Welsh carols, and rollicking jigs and reels.


Saturday, December 3, 7:30 PM Cathedral Church of St. Mark

Sunday, December 4, 5:00 PM 231 E 100 S, Salt Lake City

Admission: Pay as able (suggested $20 general / $15 senior / $15 student)

(Donations accepted at the door; this is a non-ticketed event)

Emily Nelson, soprano Nate Pence, countertenor Christopher LeCluyse, tenor Ricky Parkinson, bass

Bronwen Beecher, fiddle Mary Louise Otterstrom, fiddle Ben Spigle, Irish flute

Therese Honey, Celtic harp Eleanor Christman Cox, cello Cindy Spigle, bodhrán

Written on the Wind

In this musical tour of Baroque Europe, we feature music for flute, recorder, and that other wind instrument: the voice. Hear the musical cross-currents between Henry Purcell and, in the following musical generation, between Joseph Bodin de Boismortier and Georg Phillip Telemann. Intimate songs for voice and lute punctuate cantatas and instrumental pieces featuring paired wind instruments.


Saturday, April 1, 7:30 PM Cathedral Church of St. Mark

Sunday, April 2, 5:00 PM 231 E 100 S, Salt Lake City

Admission: Pay as able (suggested $20 general / $15 senior / $15 student)

(Donations accepted at the door; this is a non-ticketed event)

Emily Nelson, soprano Christopher LeCluyse, tenor

Lisa Chaufty, Baroque flute Rachel Webb, Baroque flute

Kevin Payne, theorbo Eleanor Christman Cox, Baroque cello

Alternate Routes: Diverse Stories of the Italian Baroque

Join Utopia to explore the worlds of composers and performers from diverse walks of life in Baroque Italy at the dawn of opera. The concert will feature showstopping vocal works by Barbara Strozzi, Claudio Monteverdi, and selections from early opera, such as Luigi Rossi's Orfeo and Francesca Caccini's La liberazione di Ruggerio. We will also highlight works written by Antonio Vivaldi for orphaned violin virtuosas that he taught at the Ospedale della Pieta, as well as works by Salmone Rossi, Isabella Leonarda, and more. Dr. Jane Hatter, Professor of Music History at The University of Utah, will offer a pre-concert talk before each performance.


Saturday, May 20, 7:30 PM Cathedral Church of St. Mark

Sunday, May 21, 5:00 PM 231 E 100 S, Salt Lake City

Admission: Pay as able (suggested $20 general / $15 senior / $15 student)

(Donations accepted at the door; this is a non-ticketed event)

Emily Nelson, soprano • Melissa Heath, soprano • Nate Pence, countertenor Christopher LeCluyse, tenor • Elijah Hancock, tenor • Yvette Gilgen, bass

Alex Woods, violin Aubrey Woods, violin

John Lenti, theorbo Loren Carle, harpsichord Eleanor Christman Cox, baroque cello