Utopia Early Music Celebrates a German Baroque Christmas
SALT LAKE CITY–Utopia Early Music continues its fourth season with “Heaven to Earth: A German Baroque Christmas.” Capture the expectation and joy of the holiday season in the refined music of Baroque Germany. Friday, December 7, 8:00 PM; Saturday, December 8, 8:00 PM; and Sunday, December 9, 5:00 PM at the Episcopal Cathedral of St. Mark, 231 E 100 S, Salt Lake City. Admission: free‐will payment (suggested $15 general/$12 seniors/$10 students).
“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. Recipient of the 2011 Arty Award for Best Classical/Opera Performance, Utopia Early Music breathes life into the Salt Lake City music scene with its historically informed performances of medieval, renaissance, and baroque music. Reviews of past concerts have praised the group for “wonderful performances that captured the character and spirit of this music” and “diverse programs that haven't necessarily been confined to the repertoire one would normally expect from an early music ensemble.”
WHO Brolly Arts presents Utopia Early Music
WHAT Heaven to Earth: A German Baroque Christmas
WHEN Three Performances: December 7, 8:00 PM; December 8, 8:00 PM; and December 9, 5:00 PM
WHERE Episcopal Cathedral of St. Mark
231 E 100 S, Salt Lake City
CONTACT Emily Nelson, 801-649-8522