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"Love's Sanctuary: New Music of the 14th Century" to be presented locally

Published January 30, 2012 11:36 am

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Brolly Arts presents Utopia Early Music as it continues its third season with "Love's Sanctuary: New Music of the 14th Century."

The concert will present music of medieval France and Italy, performed by voices, fiddle, and Gothic harp on Friday, March 2, at 8 p.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church, 1100 E 5550 S, South Ogden; Saturday, March 3, 8 p.m. the Madeleine Choir School, Erbin Hall Oratory, 205 E First Ave., Salt Lake City; and Sunday, March 4, 5 p.m. at the Madeleine Choir School, Erbin Hall Oratory.

Admission: free‐will payment (suggested $15 general/$12 seniors/ $10 students).

From the press release:

The Black Death, the Hundred Years War, floods, famine and a prolonged economic slump shaped life in14th century Europe, sparking peasant rebellion and urban riot. Little wonder that French composers sought control in a "New Art" that opened music to heights of complexity and expression. A breath of fresh air to some and a scandal to others, this daring new style joyfully wrung out the full range of rhythms made possible by the latest notation. At its apex was the great French poet and composer Guillaume de Machaut. Meanwhile in northern Italy, composers like Francesco Landini and Johannes Ciconia followed the age of Dante with their own take on the new style. "Love's Sanctuary" revels in the tuneful, refined and fascinatingly avant-garde textures of this boldly experimental period, showing how the old can sound new. Utopia co-founders Emily Nelson (soprano) and Christopher LeCluyse (tenor) are joined by Tona Yost (soprano) and two special guests and frequent Utopia collaborators: Shulamit Kleinerman (vielle) from Seattle and Therese Honey (Gothic harp) from Houston. 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.