Vivaldi by Candlelight Concert

 Save The Date: December 7, 2024 

About the 2023 program:

🎶🕯️ We stepped into a musical time machine, experiencing the captivating journey through the ages in our Vivaldi by Candlelight concert! 🌟 While the Baroque era was often said to have ended in the 1750s, that night we challenged that notion. We explored the enduring legacy of Baroque music well into the 19th and 20th centuries, inspired by dance forms from centuries past. As the saying went, "If it was Baroque, we didn't fix it!"

🎵 Featured in the performance were: 🌟 Henry Purcell's The Fairy Queen, 🎵 Jean-Féry Rebel's Les caractéres de la danse, 🎻 Antonio Vivaldi’s La Follia, meaning "follies" or "madness” – that year’s concert title, 🌿 Edvard Grieg's Holberg Suite, Op. 40, 🎶 Ravel's Pavane pour une infante defunte, and 🕯️ Lastly, Capriol Suite by Peter Warlock.

🌍 By attending that concert, attendees actively supported our ongoing efforts to celebrate the artistry of the Baroque era and foster global connections. It wasn't just an evening of extraordinary music—it was our signature fundraising initiative! Every ticket sold contributed to building bridges between Utah and the world, promoting mutual respect, understanding, and international goodwill.

✨ Together, we made a meaningful impact and celebrated the beauty of the music.

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Why Attend Vivaldi by Candlelight

You may have seen advertisements for commercialized candlelight concerts; however, Utah Global Diplomacy proudly presents Utah's original Vivaldi by Candlelight concert, an exquisite blend of captivating music and ambiance. For over four decades, our nonprofit organization has dedicated itself to promoting music diplomacy, utilizing the enchanting glow of candlelight. Our unparalleled passion for this timeless tradition has allowed us to curate an extraordinary experience, where the masterpieces of Vivaldi and other Baroque composers come to life. As the pioneers of this distinctive concept, we remain committed to preserving the enchantment of this event by ensuring each concert is unique and original.

We wholeheartedly invite you to support us in our ongoing efforts to celebrate the artistry of the Baroque era. It's important to note that this event serves as our signature fundraising initiative. Every ticket sold contributes to building global connections between Utah and the world, promoting mutual respect, understanding, and international goodwill. Join us in this remarkable journey of harmonious diplomacy and make a meaningful impact.

Thank You to Our 2023 Sponsors

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Featuring Music Director, Gerald Elias

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Gerald Elias has been music director of the Vivaldi by Candlelight series since 2004. A former Boston Symphony violinist and Utah Symphony associate concertmaster, he was also first violinist of Salt Lake City’s Abramyan String Quartet and an associate professor at the University of Utah School of Music for thirty years.

In the spring of 2022, Centaur Records released the first-ever complete recording of the Opus 1 violin sonatas by the Baroque virtuoso, Pietro Castrucci. Collaborating with Vivaldi by Candlelight musicians Pamela Palmer-Jones and Noriko Kishi, the recording garnered glowing reviews from prestigious music journals.

Elias is also a well-recognized author of the Daniel Jacobus mystery series and other books. His Utah Western mystery, Roundtree Days, was a 2023 Silver Falchion Award finalist. His most recent Jacobus mystery, Murder at the Royal Albert, has been made into a critically acclaimed audiobook that features highlights of past Vivaldi by Candlelight live performances.

Elias divides his time between his home on the shore of Puget Sound in Seattle and his cottage in the Berkshire hills of Massachusetts, savoring the outdoors and maintaining a vibrant concert career while continuing to expand his literary horizons. He particularly enjoys winter, coffee, cooking, travel, watching sports, and being a hands-on grandpa.









  • Please contact us if your tickets have been lost or stolen.
  • Tickets may be given or exchanged to others.  
  • No children under 8 are allowed.
  • Please turn off all cell phones, pagers, and audible alerts. Photography and recording of any kind are strictly prohibited during performances.
  • Tickets may be fully refunded with the exception of the processing fee until November 18. Please remember this is a fundraising event and we need plenty of time to continue selling tickets. 
  • If the performance is canceled, you will be fully refunded.
  • Tickets to the performances are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
  • By attending a performance, you agree to follow the Covid-19 mitigation protocols in place.
  • Parking around the First Presbyterian Church can be difficult to find. For this reason, doors open at 7:30 P.M. with the concert starting promptly at 8:00 P.M. to allow you plenty of time to find parking and your seats. 
  • ADA Access can be found off of the C Street entrance. 


After 40 years of Vivaldi by Candlelight concerts, we at Utah Global Diplomacy are excited to celebrate this momentous occasion with music lovers for this holiday tradition. Utah Global Diplomacy will no longer require proof of vaccination, negative Covid-19 tests, or face coverings at our performances. Face coverings continue to be highly recommended as an effective way to prevent the spread of illness at indoor gatherings, and we encourage performance attendees to get vaccinated and boosted to protect our community from Covid-19.

Doors will open at 7:30 P.M. The performance will begin promptly at 8:00 P.M. This will give us plenty of time to welcome you and help you find your seats. We encourage you to arrive early to allow plenty of time for parking and check-in.