The Madeleine Festival of the Arts and Humanities starts this Sunday with a concert by local violinist Kelly Parkinson. She’ll be joined by other artists in a concert of Celtic music. The program begins at 8 p.m. in the Cathedral of the Madeleine and is free of charge.

Here is a rundown of the festival schedule. All concerts begin at 8 p.m. and are free of charge, although donations will be accepted. For more information call the cathedral at 801-328-8941 or log on to

May 1: Kelly Parkinson and Ensemble, “A Celebration of Classical and Celtic Music for the Violin.”

May 8: Mel Foster, “The Art of Song.”

May 15: George Brown Quintet, “Jazz Reflections on Worship and Community.”

May 22: The Choir of the Cathedral of the Madeleine, “’The Pilgrim’ by Richard Proulx.”

May 29: Lori Sims, piano (presented in conjunction with the Gina Bachauer International Piano Foundation).

June 5: Madeleine Award Dinner to honor Ruth Lubbers, Art Access; call 801-328-8941 for time, venue and reservations.

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Edward Reichel, author, writer and composer, has been covering the classical music scene in Utah since 1997. For many years he served as the primary music critic for the Deseret News. He has also written for a number of publications, including Chamber Music Magazine, OPERA Magazine, 15 Bytes, Park City Magazine and Salt Lake Magazine. He holds a Ph.D. in composition from the University of California at Santa Barbara. He can be reached at Reichel Recommends is also on Twitter @ReichelArts.

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