Vivaldi by Candlelight concert celebrates 40 years in Salt Lake City

Local nonpartisan, nonprofit Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy (UCCD) is pleased to announce the 40th anniversary of the Vivaldi by Candlelight fundraising concert.

Vivaldi by Candlelight has stood the test of time, changing conductors and venues over the years. Forty years ago, Vivaldi by Candlelight came about as a collaborative effort to support UCCD. These days, the concert is more than a fundraiser; it is a staple of the holiday season, a delightful night of music against a beautiful backdrop. 

This year’s program features masterpieces by the four greatest composers of the baroque era – Antonio Vivaldi, Johann Sebastian Bach, Arcangelo Corelli, and George Frideric Handel – while reflecting Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy’s mission of fostering respect and understanding between the people of Utah and other nations.

This year’s concert will be conducted by Gerald Elias, returning for his 18th year. Maestro Elias is a veteran of both the Utah and Boston Symphonies.

“What better instrument for cultural diplomacy is there than music?” says Maestro Elias, “A universal language that breaks down language, cultural, and political barriers, music celebrates cooperation, understanding, and mutual respect among people, communities, and nations, thus contributing to a vision of peace and social cohesion.” 

“In the last 40 years, the ‘Taste of Home” hospitality program has been a wonderful example of how the Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy connects with new friends throughout the year,” says Felecia Maxfield-Barrett, Executive Director of UCCD, “Volunteer Shane Barrow tells us sharing a meal shows how much we all have in common.”

“Sharing drinks with an Italian family, listening to lovely guitar music played by an Argentinian and the joy of  watching an Iraqi citizen teach my daughter to dance,” Barrow says.  “All memories that matter and will never fade.”

Vivaldi by Candlelight presents a unique opportunity to support this program and others like it, including international exchanges, youth leadership programs, and hosting cultural lectures and dialogues here in Utah.

For the first time in 40 years:

  • Percussion and brass will join Utah classical musicians playing string instruments and harpsichord.
  • Introducing the theorbo! Described as “a lute on steroids”, the theorbo is six feet long with fourteen strings. This rarely-seen baroque-era instrument will be flown in from Boston for the performances.

The expanded orchestra set to candlelit ambiance sets off the holiday season perfectly,  with a message of peace and universal friendship. 


Friday, December 2, 2022

VIP Dinner & Concert

Dinner 5:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M.
Grand America’s Laurel Brasserie & Bar

Concert Performance 8:00 P.M – 9:30 P.M.
First Presbyterian Church 12 C Street Salt Lake City

Tickets $125.00

Saturday, December 3, 2022 

8:00 P.M – 9:30 P.M.
First Presbyterian Church 12 C Street Salt Lake City

General Tickets $50

Premium Tickets $75


  • Zions Bank
  • Mitchell, Barrow, and Mansfield
  • Doyle Arnold & Anne Glarner

About Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy (UCCD): For 55 years, Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy has relied on people of every age to help meet its mission of promoting respect and understanding between the people of Utah and other nations, one handshake at a time. By engaging with UCCD through its international exchanges, lectures and dialogues, hosted dinners, and youth programs, not only are we amplifying Utah as an economic, innovative, and cultural hub, we are contributing to a more peaceful and prosperous world. To learn more about UCCD, visit