Vivaldi by Candlelight Concert

2020 Vivaldi by Candlelight is canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Now you can join Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy for our annual Vivaldi by Candlelight from the comfort of your home! All past concerts will soon be available in our new Resource Center. Stay tuned for updates! 

Why Vivaldi by Candlelight?

Music diplomacy is an effective form of cultural diplomacy. As a universal language that breaks down language barriers and cultural differences, music can help a community understand world affairs. Music promotes cooperation, understanding, and mutual respect among people, communities, and nations thus contributing to a culture of peace and social cohesion.

For nearly 40 years, UCCD has hosted the Vivaldi by Candlelight concerts as our music diplomacy program - a program that has inspired more than 15,000 people in the community to the concept of citizen diplomacy - we all have the right and responsibility to help shape foreign relations one handshake at a time. Or in this case, one piece of music at a time.

Stream Past Performances

About Gerald Elias, Music Director

Gerald Elias, music director of Vivaldi by Candlelight since 2004, is a former violinist with the Boston Symphony and associate concertmaster of the Utah Symphony. He is also the author of the Daniel Jacobus mystery series, and his short stories and essays have been published in distinguished journals and anthologies.