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Concerts and Performances

Concerts and Performances

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

is pleased to present their

27th 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, 13 November 2016

 

Benjamin Britten Hymn to St. Cecilia, Op. 27

 

A. Mozart Requiem, KV 626

 

The Hymn to St Cecilia is a musical setting by Benjamin Britten (1913-1976) of poetry of his friend W. H. Auden. The Hymn to St Cecilia was finished on Britten's voyage home from America to England, in 1942. The work was fittingly first performed on November 22nd of that same year, which was St. Cecilia's Day and Britten's twenty-ninth birthday. Our performance will feature Madeleine Choir School alumnus Ryan Tani as conductor.

 

Mozart’s Requiem was composed in September, October and November of 1791. In late November of 1791 Mozart was bedridden with an illness that was eventually to take his life on December 5, 1791. The Requiem was left incomplete with musical sketches and scraps of paper the only manuscript left by the composer for a large percentage of the work. The unfinished composition and the untimely end to his life combine to make the Requiem an “incomparably eloquent fragment.” The Cathedral Choir and Orchestra will be conducted by Craig Jessop.

 

 
 
Christmas Carol Service**
730 PM - Friday, 16 December 2016
730 PM - Monday, 19 December 2016
 

Music of Luca Marenzio, Anton Bruckner, and Herbert Howells

 

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.

 
 
 
Passes to the Christmas Carol Services are ‘SOLD OUT’ at this time. Please click here to add your name to a waiting list in case more passes become available. Those who do not receive passes are encouraged to join our ‘Stand-by’ line on the night of each performance, as we always find seats or standing room for all of our guests wishing to enjoy our performances.
 
 
Ceremony of Carols*
1215 PM - Thursday, 22 December 2016
1215 PM - Friday, 23 December 2016
 

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 22 & 23 are General Admission seating and do not require passes.  Seating is first come, first served.
 
 
 
Christmas Carol Service* 
400 PM - Saturday, 24 December 2016
 

Music of Luca Marenzio, Anton Bruckner, and Herbert Howells

 

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 afternoon offering on Christmas Eve of the Christmas Carol Service is General Admission seating and does not require passes.  Seating is first come, first served.
 
 
 
 
Founders' Day Concert**
730 PM - Thursday, 30 March 2017
 
A Concert Performance by King's College Choir, Cambridge 
 

The Cathedral of the Madeleine is delighted to present the world acclaimed King’s College Choir from Cambridge, England in a first Salt Lake City performance. Established in 1441 by King Henry VI, the Choir, with a few disruptions through the centuries, has been continuously singing services for over 500 years. Arguably the most well known Men and Boys Choir today, the Choir’s Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols annually broadcast on Christmas Eve is the joy of many listeners throughout the world. The Choir is comprised of sixteen treble choristers and fourteen undergraduate Choral Scholars. In addition to the daily services sung in the college chapel, the choir regularly performs concerts, produces recordings and travels on performance tours. The Choir has been under the direction of Dr. Stephen Cleobury since 1982. This concert has been made possible by a generous grant from Zions Bank.

 
Requests for passes to the Founders' Day Concert will be taken beginning Tuesday, 28 February.  A link to the request page will be available to make your request at that time.
 
 
 
Good Friday Choral Meditation
300 PM - Friday, 14 April 2017
 
  1. 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 April 14 does not require passes.  Seating is first come, first served.
 
 
 
 
 
International Tour of England and France 
21 April through 1 May, 2017
 

Concert Performances and Liturgical Services in London, Cambridge and Paris

 

In celebration of the twentieth anniversary of the Choir School’s founding, The Cathedral Choir and the Choristers of The Madeleine Choir School will travel to England and France performing both in concert and liturgical settings. The Choir will offer music of Alonso Lobo, Juan Gutiérrez de Padilla, Anton Bruckner and Marcel Dupre. Performances will be sung at Westminster Cathedral, London, Ely Cathedral in Cambridgeshire, L'église Sainte-Marie-Madeleine and Cathédrale Notre Dame de Paris. The Choir is honored by this opportunity to perform in these venerable churches, engaging audiences in England and France as cultural ambassadors from Utah.

 
 
 
 
 
 
The Madeleine Festival Concert***
800 PM - Sunday, 21 May 2017
 

George Frideric Handel Dixit Dominus, HWV 232

Peter Hallock Phoenix

Ralph Vaughan Williams Serenade to Music
 

George Frideric Handel (1685-1759) journeyed to Rome in 1707 and quickly secured the patronage of three cardinals, gave a wildly successful performance on the organ of the Basilica of St. John Lateran, and was soon composing church music. The Dixit Dominus is a setting of Psalm 110, a psalm that is regularly sung at Vespers. It was probably composed under the patronage of Cardinal Carlo Colonna for Vespers celebrating the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in the Church of Santa Maria di Montesanto, one of the “twin churches” in Rome’s Piazza del Popolo.

 

The Serenade to Music of Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958) was composed in 1938 with a text from Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice describing the glories of music. At the 1938 premiere Sergei Rachmaninoff was in the audience and was so overcome by the beauty of the work that he wept, declaring that he had never been so moved by a piece of music.

 
The Madeleine Festival is an annual partner in our concert season.  Donors of the The Madeleine Festival of Arts should contact Trish Wesson (pwesson@utcotm.org) to request reserved seating for this concert on May 21. Other seating for this performance is General Admission (no passes are required).***
 
 

All concerts (except the International Tour) 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 The Madeleine Festival of Arts should contact Trish Wesson (pwesson@utcotm.org) to request reserved seating. Other seating for this performance is General Admission (no passes are required).***

 

Requests for concert passes may also be made by leaving a message on our Concert Line: (801) 994-4663 after the request dates listed for each respective concert or performance. 
 

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

 
 

All performances 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!
 
Requests for concert passes may be made by leaving a message on our Concert Line: (801) 994-4663.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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