Concerts and Performances
2017 - 2018 Concerts and Performances
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Madeleine Festival is an annual partner in our concert season. Donors of the Madeleine Festival of Arts should contact Trish Wesson email@example.com to request reserved seating for this concert on April 8, 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).
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.
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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com to request reserved seating for this concert on April 8, 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.
Sung services at the Cathedral of the Madeleine during the school year
- 10:00 AM Lauds
- 11:00 AM Mass
- 5:00 PM Vespers and Benediction
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
- 5:15 PM Mass
- 12:00 Noon Mass
- 4:30 PM Vespers
- 6:00 PM Mass