Utopia Early Music: What Fright’ning Noise Is This? 

Friday Oct. 29 & Sunday Oct. 31 @ St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral

Nothing quite says darkly odd musical experimentation like French baroque composer Marin Marais’ The Gallbladder Operation, music that includes annotations such as “The patient is bound with silken cords” and “He screameth.”

Only in its second year as a collective, Utopia Early Music is geared toward performing historically informed pieces of medieval, Renaissance and baroque music such as the one described above. Although the concept of historically re-creating music compositions may come across as a bit stuffy—and make no mistake, the group is deadly serious about its skills and scholarship—Utopia is also bent on doing so with a sense of whimsy.

The company opens its second season on Halloween weekend with a program celebrating all things eerie, gruesome and macabre. In addition to the Marais piece described above, the concert includes Antonio Soler’s Sonata No. 15 in D minor, Henry Purcell’s Bess of Bedlam and music from The Indian Queen.

Utopia Early Music: What Fright’ning Noise Is This? @ St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral, 231 E. 100 South, 801-649-8522, Oct. 29, 8 p.m. & Oct, 31, 5 p.m., suggested donation $10-$15. UtopiaEarlyMusic.org.

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