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Concerts and Performances

2017 - 2018 Concerts and Performances

 

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The Choir of the Cathedral of the Madeleine featuring the Choristers of The Madeleine Choir School

is pleased to present their

28th Annual Concert Season Schedule

 

Requirements for passes to our concerts and performances vary.  To ensure you receive optimum seating we encourage you to review the options listed below, including the opportunity to make a tax-deductible donation that helps our organization continue to offer this annual concert series free of charge to our entire community. 
 

 
St. Cecilia's Day Concert**
800 PM - Sunday 19 November 2017

 

Maurice Duruflé Requiem, Op.9

Randall Thompson The Peaceable Kingdom

 

Maurice Duruflé’s 1947 setting of the Requiem is derived from the very first musical source featuring these venerable prayers – the Gregorian Chant. Duruflé writes, “This Requiem is not an ethereal work which sings detached from worldly anxiety. It reflects, in the unchangeable form of the Christian prayer, the anguish of man facing the mystery of his last ending. It is often dramatic, or filled with resignation, or hope, or terror, like the same words of the scripture used in the liturgy. It tries to translate the human feeling in front of their terrifying, inexplicable or consoling destiny.”

 

Harvard University Professor Randall Thompson selected texts from the Prophet Isaiah to create a ‘sequence of sacred choruses for unaccompanied chorus’ first performed in 1936. The work derives its inspiration from the Quaker artist Edward Hicks’s painting of The Peaceable Kingdom, and the musical influences include the Italian late-Renaissance madrigal sequences and the early American “shaped note” singing tradition from such nineteenth century publications as the Sacred Harp. Thompson wove the selected texts together to express the conflict between good and evil and its final resolution.

 

Passes to the St. Cecilia's Day Concert are no longer available.  Please join our 'Stand-by' line beginning at 7:00 PM on Sunday evening in the Cathedral of the Madeleine as we make every attempt to find space for all concerts guests.

 

 

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Christmas Carol Service**
730 PM - Monday 18 December 2017
730 PM - Tuesday 19 December 2017

Music of Jacob Handl, Anton Bruckner and Francis Poulenc

 

The Cathedral Choir offers three different opportunities to participate in what has become an important holiday tradition in Salt Lake City for many people: the annual Christmas Carol Service at the Cathedral of the Madeleine. The Christmas Carol Service features music of the Advent and Christmas seasons, including plainchant, choral works and traditional carols, all in the inspiring setting of the Cathedral Church. Beginning each year with the solo child voice intoning the traditional Latin chant Rorate caeli from the Prophet Isaiah–Drop down dew, you heavens, from above, and let the clouds rain the just one-the Carol Service is a thoughtful way to contemplate and celebrate the wonder of this season.

 

At this time NO PASSES are available for request. 
If you were unable to obtain passes we invite you to join our standby line in the vestibule of the Cathedral of the Madeleine on the evening of each performance. We make every attempt to find available space for all guests wishing to join us for the Christmas Carol Services.  THANK YOU VERY KINDLY FOR YOUR SUPPORT OF OUR MISSION!
 

 

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Ceremony of Carols*
1215 PM - Thursday 21 December 2017
1215 PM - Friday 22 December 2017

Benjamin Britten A Ceremony of Carols, Op. 28

 

Britten's A Ceremony of Carols is a masterpiece composed on board ship during a perilous five-week crossing of the North Atlantic in World War II as Britten returned to England from the U.S.A. in 1942. It is an unusual setting for treble voices and harp, and the “carols” are largely the product of 15th and 16th century writers, mostly anonymous. The work opens and closes with the choir processing to plainsong, the Hodie chant sung for centuries at Vespers on Christmas Eve, and the carol settings in-between deal with the traditional stories surrounding the birth of Christ.

 
*These afternoon performances on December 21 & 22 are General Admission seating and do not require passes.  Seating is first come, first served.
 
 
 

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Christmas Carol Service*
500 PM - Sunday 24 December 2017

Music of Jacob Handl, Anton Bruckner and Francis Poulenc

 

The Cathedral Choir offers three different opportunities to participate in what has become an important holiday tradition in Salt Lake City for many people: the annual Christmas Carol Service at the Cathedral of the Madeleine. The Christmas Carol Service features music of the Advent and Christmas seasons, including plainchant, choral works and traditional carols, all in the inspiring setting of the Cathedral Church. Beginning each year with the solo child voice intoning the traditional Latin chant Rorate caeli from the Prophet Isaiah–Drop down dew, you heavens, from above, and let the clouds rain the just one-the Carol Service is a thoughtful way to contemplate and celebrate the wonder of this season.

 
*This early evening offering of the Christmas Carol Service on Christmas Eve is General Admission seating and does not require passes.  Seating is first come, first served.
 
 

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Founders' Day Concert**
800 PM - Sunday 18 March 2018
J. S. Bach Cantata “Christ lag in Todesbanden” BWV 4

Francis Poulenc Quatre motets pour un temps de pénitence

Benjamin Britten Elegy for Strings

Benjamin Britten Ballad of Heroes, Op. 14

 

J. S. Bach’s early cantata Christ lag in Todesbanden, BWV4, was probably written for Easter Sunday in 1707. The text and essential melodic material derive from a chorale composed by Martin Luther, and the melody and text have strong associations with Roman Catholic Easter Sequence Victimae paschali laudes, of which Luther would have been very familiar. The chorale is an engaging text and tune meant for congregational singing. Bach set the multiple verses of the chorale in various formats: full choir, duets, and soloists in contrasting musical styles. The cantata concludes with a final exuberant rendering of the chorale.

 

Benjamin Britten’s Ballad of Heroes was composed in 1939 on the eve of the beginning of World War Two, a musical product of his working relationship with authors W. H. Auden and Randall Swingler. The Ballad both honors the heroic lives of those who served in previous wars and reflects the increasing hostilities and subsequent anxiety felt across Europe throughout the 1930’s. Musically, the Ballad foretells many features found in the War Requiem that was composed twenty-five years later.

 

Requests for passes to the Founders' Day Concert will be taken beginning Tuesday, 19 February.  A link to the request page will be available to make your request at that time.
 
 

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Good Friday Choral Meditation**
300 PM - Friday 30 March 2018
B. da Pergolesi Stabat mater
 

The Stabat mater is a thirteenth-century text attributed to Jacopone da Todi, the title of which is an abbreviation of the first line, Stabat mater dolorosa juxta crucem - The sorrowful mother was standing beneath the Cross. The hymn, one of the most powerful and moving of the medieval sequences, meditates on the suffering of Mary, the mother of Christ, during his crucifixion and death. Pergolesi’s musical setting of this text was composed at the end of his short life at a Franciscan monastery in Pozzuoli, and it was written as a replacement for the Scarlatti setting in use at the church of Maria dei Sette Dolori in Naples.

 
**This service at the Cathedral of the Madeleine on March 30 does not require passes.  Seating is first come, first served.
 
 
 

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Madeleine Festival Concert***

800 PM - Sunday, 8 April 2018

Featuring Guest Artists The American Festival Chorus and Orchestra

With Conductors Stephen Cleobury and Craig Jessop 

 

Ralph Vaughan Williams Dona nobis pacem

Ralph Vaughan Williams Sancta Civitas

 

This year marks the centenary anniversary of the cessation of hostilities in World War One. In celebration of this November 1918 armistice, the American Festival Chorus and Orchestra present two relevant major works of the British composer Ralph Vaughan Williams. Vaughan Williams served in World War One, which resulted in the deaths of over 8.5 million, and he pondered how one might recover from such savagery, carnage and the loss of friends. Vaughan Williams held to his belief that music was a means to preserve civilization, even in the midst of conflict and war, and these two works are perhaps the composer’s most heartfelt statements about the horrors of war and the destiny of the human soul.

 

His 1926 oratorio Sancta Civitas, introduced by a quote from Plato’s Phaedo and featuring texts from the Apocalypse of St. John is filled with vision, sadness and suffering. Sometimes described as the ‘lost masterpiece’ of Vaughan Williams, the oratorio is often cited as the composer’s favorite choral work.

 

His 1936 cantata Dona Nobis Pacem opens with an urgent appeal for peace from the text of the Agnus Dei from the Mass, and musically presages the coming war in the midst of the increasingly unstable political situation in Europe of the late 1930’s. Other elements of the cantata’s text derive from the work of American poet Walt Whitman, who himself witnessed the horrors of the United States Civil War, heightening this musical admonition that urges humanity to finally do away with the strife and terror of war.

 

 

 

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National Performance Tour

19 April 2018 through 22 April 2018

Concert Performances and Liturgical Services in Chicago, Illinois and South Bend, Indiana

 

The Cathedral Choir featuring the Choristers of The Madeleine Choir School will travel to the Midwest performing both in concert and liturgical settings. The Choir will offer music of Alonso Lobo, Anton Bruckner, Francis Poulenc and Alfred Desenclos. Performances are scheduled for Holy Name Cathedral, Chicago, The University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, and in other Chicago churches. The Choir is honored by this opportunity to perform in these churches, engaging audiences in the Chicago and South Bend as cultural ambassadors from Utah.

 

 

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Solemn Vespers for Pentecost**

730 PM Sunday, 20 May 2018

Celebrating the Twenty-Fifth Anniversary of the Cathedral Gallery Organ

 

The Cathedral’s Eccles Memorial Organ celebrates its twenty-fifth anniversary of service to the community as we recall its dedication by Bishop William K. Weigand on this date in 1993. The Cathedral Choir will recall the occasion by singing Solemn Vespers, as it did on the evening of the original dedication, and performing a brief concert following the service. Music of Thomas Tallis, Zoltán Kodály, and Marcel Dupré will be performed.

 

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All concerts (except International and Domestic Tours) are performed in the Cathedral of the Madeleine, located at 331 East South Temple in Salt Lake City.  The choirs perform on international and domestic tours on alternate years.  

  • General Admission Seating Only (no passes required).*
  • General Admission Seating is available and free to all guests (passes are required).**
  • Reserved Seating passes are available to MCS donors at $500 and above. Click here for details. Please email Matt Kitterer (mkitterer@utmcs.org) with requests or questions.*
  • The Madeleine Festival is an annual partner in our concert season. Donors of the Madeleine Festival of Arts should contact Trish Wesson pwesson@utcotm.org to request reserved seating for this concert on May 20, 2018. Donors of the Choir School at $500 and above since January 1, 2017 will be contacted by the Office of Advancement regarding Reserved Seating opportunities. Other seating for this performance is General Admission (no passes are required).***

 

Thank you very kindly for supporting The Madeleine Choir School and the local arts.

 
 

All performances by The Choir of the Cathedral of the Madeleine are FREE and open to the public. 
 
Reserved seating is available by making a minimum donation to The Madeleine Choir School. Donation options can be viewed by clicking here and then clicking the GIVE TODAY box in the Friends Annual Appeal section.
 
Thank you kindly for your generous support of the musical arts!
 
 
 *** Pass requests for each performance may vary. Please review summaries of each concert for details.***
 
 
 

Sung services at the Cathedral of the Madeleine during the school year

Sundays

  • 10:00 AM Lauds
  • 11:00 AM Mass
  • 5:00 PM Vespers and Benediction

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

  • 5:15 PM Mass

Holy Days

  • 12:00 Noon Mass
  • 4:30 PM Vespers
  • 6:00 PM Mass
Thank you to our major concert sponsors!  We are very grateful to have the support of these organizations.  Please consider making a contribution to our efforts.  Every dollar helps us to further our mission of service to the young people entrusted to our care and to continue offering our annual concert series to the community at large.