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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

“Star in the East: An Early Music Christmas" Concert @ Utopia Early Music (SLC: Dec 6 - 8)

November 20, 2013

Utopia Early Music Celebrates the Season over a Thousand Years and Five Countries

SALT LAKE CITY–Brolly Arts and the Cathedral Church of St. Mark present Utopia Early Music in its second concert of the season: “Star in the East: An Early Music Christmas.” Celebrate the holidays with over a thousand years of music from England, France, Germany, Italy, and the United States. Friday, December 6, 8:00 PM; Saturday, December 7, 6:30 PM; and Sunday, December 8, 5:00 PM at the Cathedral Church of St. Mark, 231 E 100 S, Salt Lake City. Admission: free-will payment (suggested $15 general/$12 seniors/$10 students).

Concert Description

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

From meditative to joyous, Utopia brings Christmas favorites from around the globe. The haunting O Antiphons, chanted since the seventh century, punctuate a program that includes Claudio Monteverdi’s festive psalm “Beatus Vir,” instrumental noëls by Marc-Antoine Charpentier, selections from Heinrich Schütz’s Christmas Story, and Handel’s “For unto Us a Child Is Born” sung in true Baroque style. Medieval English carols resound alongside an American hymn by William Billings and the fervent Epiphany song “Star in the East,” from the Sacred Harp tradition. The Cathedral Church of St. Mark, offers its special support for this concert as it prepares for Christmas.

WHO               Utopia Early Music

WHAT           Star  in the East: An Early Music Christmas
WHEN &         December 6, 8:00 PM; December 7, 6:30 PM; December 8, 5:00 PM
WHERE           Cathedral Church of St. Mark (Episcopal)
                   231 E 100 S, Salt Lake City
ADMISSION   Pay as able (suggested $15 general/$12 seniors/$10 students)

CONTACT     Emily Nelson, 801-649-8522, utopia@utopiaearlymusic.org


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