The 2014 Madeleine Festival of the Arts and Humanities begins next Sunday. This year’s edition of the annual festival includes two concerts, two lectures and a dinner honoring former Utah Sen. Haven J. Barlow for his contributions to education and the arts in the state. Most events take place in the landmark Roman Catholic cathedral, 331 E. South Temple, Salt Lake City.
The opening event, at 3 p.m. April 27, is a special reception for friends of the festival. It’s described as a visit to the burial chamber of Pilar Pobil — the beloved Salt Lake City artist who is very much alive. Pobil’s home itself is a work of art, filled with her colorful paintings and furnishings, and the Pilar Pobil Legacy Foundation is in place to ensure it remains as a monument to her life and work in perpetuity. For more information, email Patrick Moore Hoagland at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brady Allred will conduct the Salt Lake Choral Artists in Johannes Brahms’ "A German Requiem" at 8 p.m. May 4 in the cathedral. He’ll use Robert Shaw’s English-language edition of the choral masterpiece. Admission is free.
Robert Kiely, emeritus professor of English at Harvard University, will give a pair of free lectures: "Magdalene & Mark: Gospel & Legend," May 7 at 8 p.m. in the Cathedral of the Madeleine; and "Jesus, in the Testament of Beauty: The Gospels According to Italian Painters 1300-1650," May 8 at 8 p.m. in St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral, 231 E. 100 South, Salt Lake City.
Contemporary Scottish composer James MacMillan’s setting of the Te Deum is the centerpiece of a free concert by the Madeleine Choir School choristers May 18 at 8 p.m. in the cathedral. The performance also includes Haydn’s "Lord Nelson" Mass and music of Mozart.
The Madeleine Festival concludes June 1 with a 6 p.m. dinner in honor of Barlow, whose 42-year stint in the Utah Senate is the longest in state history. The dinner, the only festival event at which there is an admission charge, will be at a location to be determined. Contact Laurel Dokos at email@example.com, or call 801-328-8941 x108.
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