Utah Chamber Artists will fill Cathedral of the Madeleine with sound

Music • Audience invited to sing along.
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This year's edition of Utah Chamber Artists' popular Cathedral Collage will include a few hundred guest artists.

Artistic director Barlow Bradford will invite the audience to join his 43-voice choir in singing the opening and closing selections. (If you'd like to practice at home first, they're two familiar tunes: "God of Our Fathers" and "Sine Nomine.")

"I thought it might be thrilling to have everyone participate — the orchestra, choir, organ and audience," said Bradford, whose UCA Christmas concerts in Libby Gardner Concert Hall usually feature at least one carol sing-along.

Bradford was named Utah Symphony chorus master this week, in addition to his work with UCA and as head of choral studies at the University of Utah,

He acknowledged that the Cathedral Collage is trickier to program than most concerts. Unlike this season's three upcoming programs — which will feature Benjamin Britten's "A Ceremony of Carols," Johannes Brahms' "A German Requiem" and Frank Martin's Mass for Double Choir — there isn't a major work to build around. Rather, the concert is a continuous string of short pieces and single movements performed all over the cathedral by soloists, small ensembles and the full choir.

There will be more unaccompanied choral music than usual this year, as the singers are preparing repertoire for a European concert tour this summer and won't be able to take instrumentalists with them.

Among the choir's selections will be a Carlo Gesualdo motet, marking 400 years since the composer's death, and the Salt Lake City premiere of Dale Warland's "The Voices," with cello accompaniment by John Eckstein. There will be instrumental music as well, including Arvo Pärt's "Cantus in Memoriam Benjamin Britten," in honor of the late British composer's centennial, and Bach selections performed by pianist Jason Hardink, organist Craig Jorgensen and violinist David Porter. —

A collage of sound

Utah Chamber Artists presents the annual Cathedral Collage concert.

With • Conductor Barlow Bradford, organist Craig Jorgensen, pianist Jason Hardink, violinist David Porter, baritone Michael Chipman and cellist John Eckstein.

When • Monday, Sept. 16, 8 p.m.

Where • Cathedral of the Madeleine, 331 E. South Temple, Salt Lake City.

Tickets • Free, but the cathedral fills up fast.