Upcoming Events


“Let me see if I’m free this Saturday…”



Tuesday, September 8, 2020

LAUNCH PARTY with guest co-host, author Victoria Dougherty: The Mysterious Bookshop in New York City. (6:30-8:00 p.m. EDT, 4:30-6:00 p.m. MDT)

Friday, September 18, 2020

The King’s English Bookshop in Salt Lake City. (6:00-7:00 p.m. MDT)

Thursday, October 20, 2020

Hosted by the Utah Humanities Book Festival & Weller Book Works (7:00-8:30 p.m. MDT)


Thursday, September 10, 2020

Annual Volunteer and Donor Appreciation Event, 12:00-1:00. I’m honored to have been awarded volunteer of the year for this fine organization.


Thursday, September 24, 2020

The first UCCD Fireside Chat: Music as an instrument of citizen diplomacy. 12:00 – 12:40 



November 9, 2019

Guest conductor, Salt Lake Symphony 7:30 PM (pre-concert lecture, 6:15) Libby Gardner Concert Hall, University of Utah, Salt Lake City.

“The Cowboys” Overture, by John Williams
“Estancia,” by Alberto Ginastera (conducted by Matthew Makeever)
Symphony No. 3, by Aaron Copland

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December 7, 2019

Conductor and Music director, annual Vivaldi by Candlelight concert, “The Brilliant Garden”

Sponsored by the Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy 8:00 PM (pre-concert lecture, 7:00) First Presbyterian Church, South Temple and C Street, Salt Lake City.

Sinfonia in G Major, “Il Coro delle Muse”, by Antonio Vivaldi
Concerto for Violin in B minor per La Signora Anna Maria dal Violino, RV 387      , by Vivaldi.
Leslie Henrie, Violin Sinfonia in B-flat Major, by Francesco Gasparini
Sinfonia in D Major, by Giovanni Porta
Sinfonia in F Major, by Gaetano Latilla
Concerto for Violin in B-flat Major per la Signora Chiara, RV 372, by Vivaldi. Krista Utrilla, violin
Sinfonia to “La Giardiniera Brillante,” by Giuseppe Sarti

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January 29, 2020

A two-book author’s night event! Stellina Restaurant, Watertown, MA. 6:30-7:45PM. An entertaining evening of literature and music at one of the Boston area’s finest Italian restaurants.

First, a book reading of the enchanting children’s story “Maestro, the Potbellied Pig,” with internationally acclaimed harpist, Franziska Huhn, providing live music.

Then, a discussion of Elias’s memoir, Symphonies & Scorpions, including his prize-winning TEDxSaltLakeCity essay, “War & Peace. And Music.”

February 4-17, 2020

Violinist, Boston Symphony Orchestra Asia tour.

Feb. 6, 7: Seoul, South Korea
Feb. 9, 10: Taipei, Taiwan
Feb. 12, 13: Hong Kong
Feb. 15, 16: Shanghai, China

Program I:
Barber: Medea’s Meditation and Dance of Vengeance, Opus 23a
Shostakovich: Chamber Symphony
Dvorák: Symphony No. 9, New World

Program II:
Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 24, K.491
Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé, Suite No. 2


May 2, 2019

World Premier To Honor Utah African American Pioneer

Celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Salty Cricket Composers Collective with “The Legend of William Grandstaff,” by Gerald Elias

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, April 8, 2019—The talents of local composers will be on full display at Salty Cricket Composers Collective season-climax concert on May 2, 2019 at 7:30 PM at the Urban Arts Gallery, 116 S Rio Grande Street, Salt Lake City. Tickets are $20, or $15 for students, and may be purchased at the door, or at this LINK.

The program features the premier of “The Legend of William Grandstaff” by composer, author, and former Utah Symphony associate concertmaster, Gerald Elias. The composition honors the life of the 19th century African American rancher and trader forced off his land outside of Moab, Utah in 1881 by white settlers. The role of Grandstaff will be sung by the eminent African American baritone, James Martin. The concert will be preceded by a discussion about the life of William Grandstaff led by Elias.

Outdoor enthusiasts in the Moab area will be familiar with what was originally called N—– Bill Canyon, changed to Negro Bill Canyon around 1960, and after long community effort was renamed William Grandstaff Canyon. “If we look at the state of race relations today compared to 1870,” Elias said, “things have changed on the surface but many of the underlying tensions are still with us. I hope the music I’ve written will shed more light not only on Grandstaff as an individual but on ourselves as a society.”

The Salty Cricket Composers Collective is an organization dedicated to bringing New Music (aka Modern Classical) to new audiences, while shaping new musicians. They achieve this through their two main activities:  Educational K-12 outreach through El Sistema@Salty Cricket, and their new music ensemble that performs the works of living composers who currently reside in Utah. For more information, visit: https://saltycricket.org/


Nathaniel Eschler, Artistic Director        or         Gerald Elias

Salty Cricket Composers Collective                      eliaspattn@gmail.com

nathaniel@saltycricket.org                                (413) 717-7103

(919) 604-3461

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This is the oldest structure still standing in Moab and was built by William Grandstaff.


Saturday, November 3, 1:00-6:00PM

Local Authors and You, book signings, writing workshops and related events of local Utah authors. Aspiring authors and book fans get to chat with published authors. Lots of fun! I’ll have several recent books on hand: Spring Break, Dances with Death,(a new combined edition of Devil’s Trill and Danse Macabre), and Mister E’s Mysteries. At the Salt Lake County Library Viridian Events Center. Address: 8030 S. 1825 W. — West Jordan, UT 84088


Thursday, November 15, 6:00-9:00PM

10th anniversary Melange Concert, sponsored by the Salty Cricket Composers Collective. A lot of interesting music by Utah composers and performers. I’ll be playing my “V’adoro” Variations for solo violin and tape, on the theme from the aria “V’adoro Pupille” from the opera Julius Caesar, by Handel. It’s a love aria that Cleopatra sings to Caesar, and my variations trace the development of love starting with anguish and ending in devotion. For this concert anything goes, game pieces, electronic music, experimental, and standard classical pieces. Their will be a cash bar. Salty Cricket will announce its new season. Address: Sugar Space Warehouse 132 S 800 W, Salt Lake City, UT 84104

Saturday, December 1, 8:00-9:30PM

The 36th annual Vivaldi by Candlelight concert! The theme this year is “Ciao, London!” Sponsored by the Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy, the program features music of English Baroque composers their Italian counterparts who plied their trade in London. For those who remember the theme from Benjamin Britten’s Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, you’ll get to hear the original, composed by Henry Purcell in the 1690s! I’m also performing a crazy concerto by Vivaldi called “Il Grosso Mogul!” This is my 15th year as music director and it’s my favorite concert of the year. I think you’ll agree!  Address: First Presbyterian Church on C Street and South Temple!

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Saturday, February 3, 7:30

Jewish Community Center, Salt Lake City. An evening of eclectic chamber music, featuring music of Brahms, Mozart, and the quirkily engaging “Cafe Music” by Paul Schoenfield.  Click HERE for details.

Thursday, February 22, 1:30-3:00.

Daria Book Club, Salt Lake City. The first of seven twice-monthly presentations of an assortment of fiction and related nonfiction of special local or music-related interest. Here’s the rundown:

February 22: Indivisible by Four: A String Quartet in Pursuit of Harmony, Arnold Steinhardt (The first two dates will include a special appearance by the Rosco String Quartet).

March 8: Death and the Maiden:  A Daniel Jacobus Mystery, Gerald Elias

March 22: Death at La Fenice, Donna Leon

April 12: Finders Keepers:  A Tale of Archaeological Plunder and Obsession, Craig Childs

April 26: A Thief of Time, Tony Hillerman

May 10: Salamander:  The Story of the Mormon Forgery Murders,  Linda Sillitoe & Allen      Roberts

May 24: Playing with Fire,  Gerald Elias

For details, click HERE

Sunday, February 25, 7:00

University of Utah School of Music. The second of a three part series of the complete Brahms trios and quartets for strings and piano. This concert with feature the Trio in C Major and the Quartet in A Major. For details, click HERE.

Friday, October 13, 7:00-8:00

The Raven Book Store, Lawrence, Kansas. What could be more appropriate than an evening of mystery and music on Friday the 13th?  As student embark upon their Fall Break I’ll be talking about my critically acclaimed Spring Break, Devil’s Trill audiobook, and the soon-to-be-released Danse Macabre audiobook; and, of course, playing excerpts of the music from the books.For every book sold, a donation will be made to the University of Kansas School of Music. Here are the DETAILS

Thursday, October 26, 7:00-8:00

The 15th Street Gallery, Salt Lake City, Utah. An evening of music and mystery, as a fund-raiser for a great cause, the student scholarship fund of the Salt Lake chapter of Citizens Climate Lobby (of which I’m a proud member). I’ll be talking about Spring Break, Devil’s Trill audiobook, and the soon-to-be-released Danse Macabre audiobook; and, of course, playing excerpts of the music from the books.

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Sunday, October 29, 7:00 PM.

Libby Gardner Concert Hall, University of Utah, Salt Lake City. An all-Brahms special Sundays@7 concert featuring the magnificent Brahms B Major Piano Trio and the fiery G Minor Piano Quartet. I’ll be playing violin, with fellow School of Music faculty members Julie Edwards on viola, John Eckstein on cello, and Vedrana Subotic on piano.

November 1-9, 2017

Concert tour to Japan with the Boston Symphony and music director, Andris Nelsons. Performances in Nagoya, Osaka, Kawasaki, and three in Tokyo. A concert tour to Japan is always a great adventure, and I’ll have a chance to reunite with old friends and colleagues in Tokyo, my second home.

Saturday, December 9, 8:00

“Kaleidoscope of the Baroque.” The 35th annual Vivaldi by Candlelight concert, the major fund-raiser for the Utah Council of Citizen Diplomacy. I’ll be conducting a delightfully diverse program of music by Vivaldi, Stradella, Castrucci, Biber, and Brescianello, all performed by the dynamic musicians of the Vivaldi Virtuosi.

August 30, 2017


This day is indeed a cause to celebrate! It will not only be my 65th birthday, it is Author’s Night at Stellina Restaurant in Watertown, MA. I certainly hope you’ll enjoy my presentation of Spring Break and the Devil’s Trill audiobook, but after doing this four times previously, I guarantee you’ll love having dinner there!


August 1, 2017

Spring Break, my 6th Daniel Jacobus mystery novel, has its US release. For sale at your local indie bookstore, you can also purchase on Amazon HERE.

This is what Booklist has to say: The sixth in the Daniel Jacobus series finds the blind violin teacher and amateur sleuth taking a speaking engagement at a prestigious music conservatory that’s hosting a symposium on baroque music. When a member of the conservatory’s faculty dies, the question is: Was it natural causes, or murder? Elias, a professional violinist and composer, does a fine job of establishing the story’s musical frame, and he’s a darned good storyteller, too: the mystery here is tightly constructed and very clever (readers should be wary of thinking they know where it’s going, because it sometimes takes sharp, unexpected turns). In Jacobus we have an imaginative, ornery, reclusive, witty protagonist—a guy who has bits of other mystery leads in him but who feels at the same time wholly original. A very good entry in a reliable series.— David Pitt


August 1, 2017

My Kickstarter campaign to raise money for a Danse Macabre audiobook has concluded. And it was a success! Thank you to all the backers of what is going to be a sensational new audio experience. My producer, Alison Larkin, and I hope for it to be finished just in time for your holiday gift shopping!



August 21, 2017

A major launch event for the Devil’s Trill audiobook and Spring Break will also be a fund-raiser for the wonderful Berkshire amateur chamber orchestra, The Stockbridge Sinfonia. Partnering with The Bookstore in Lenox, a portion of sales of both books will go to support the orchestra’s scholarship fund for deserving students.


August 30, 2017

This day is indeed a cause to celebrate! It will not only be my 65th birthday, it is Author’s Night at Stellina Restaurant in Watertown, MA. I certainly hope you’ll enjoy my presentation of Spring Break and the Devil’s Trill audiobook, but after doing this four times previously, I guarantee you’ll love having dinner there!

October 26, 2017

The Utah launch of Spring Break and Devil’s Trill audiobook will also be a fund-raiser for the Salt Lake chapter of Citizens Climate Lobby, a national nonprofit, nonpartisan grassroots organization of which I am a proud member. CCL seeks to create the political will for Congress to pass meaningful climate change legislation–and we’re getting there! The money we raise will go toward paying the way for young high school and college students to attend CCL’s regional and national annual conferences. At the evening of entertainment followed by a reception, I’ll be talking about Spring Break and Devil’s Trill and playing music from the books. It will take place at the 15th Street Gallery, and we’ll be partnering with our friends at King’s English Bookstore. Stay tuned for details!

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March 20, 2017

I’ve been asked to give a talk before a special screening of a very powerful, 1-hour documentary called Violins of Hope: Strings of the Holocaust. It’s about an Israeli violin maker who restored dozens of instruments that were owned by death camp victims of the Holocaust, and which were recently played on by musicians in the Cleveland Orchestra for a memorial performance. In addition to my talk, I’ll be performing an excerpt from Nigun, by Ernest Bloch, and will giving my Klezmer debut!
The film reminds us–if we need reminding–of why we play the violin, and, more importantly, who we are as human beings.
Here’s all the information about the screening: Violins of Hope event information
After you’ve seen this trailer I’m sure you’ll want to see this documentary in full and will  want to pass it along to string teachers and all their students: Violins of Hope: 4-minute trailer

March 1, 2017

Pre-Concert Lecture: Chamber Music Society of Salt Lake. The youthful Minetti String Quartet from Austria will perform the final quartets of Mozart and Mendelssohn, composed shortly before their deaths, and the monumental “Death and the Maiden” Quartet in D Minor by Franz Schubert. The subject of my talk will be drawn from the text of Schubert’s powerful song of the same name: when the hand of Death inevitably reaches out, how did Mozart respond, how did Mendelssohn respond, and how will each of us respond? The talk is at 6:45 in Dumke Recital Hall; the concert is at 7:30 at Libby Gardner Concert Hall.



Sunday, July 31, 2016 7:00pm 

Launch Event at Shaker Mill Books, West Stockbridge, MA. (Appropriately enough, Daniel Jacobus’s adopted hometown, and the setting for much of Playing With Fire.) Wine and light snacks, and a lovely deck overlooking the charming Williams River, weather permitting.

Tuesday, August 23, 6:30pm

Stellina Restaurant, Watertown, MA (Where, in the Boston area, the plot of Playing With Fire reaches its nail-biting climax). Enjoy author’s night with tasty hors d’oeuvers, and of course, it’s a fantastic place for a great Italian dinner.

Tuesday, September 20 ,7:00pm

King’s English Bookshop, Salt Lake City (where I happen to live much of the year). King’s English has always been incredibly supportive of local authors, and it will be a pleasure to be back after Jacobus’s extended sabbatical.

Sunday, April 3, 7:00

Performance of “Havanaise” by Camille Saint-Saens with pianist Vedrana Subotic, at Libby Gardner Concert Hall, University of Utah.Sundays@7

Sunday, April 17, 2:00

Performance of “Havanaise” with the Long Island Youth Orchestra, Scott Dunn conducting. The orchestra will also perform one of my compositions, “Overture in the Classical Style.” I am an alum of the LIYO and this will be my first collaboration with them in 40 years! I’ll also be doing a book signing of my mysteries, and all the proceeds are going to the LIYO scholarship fund. LIYO


April-May 2016

I will be performing with the Boston Symphony for two weeks in April, followed by a concert tour of Germany, Austria, and Luxembourg in May.


Most of you know me as a writer about the classical music world. In “Where Buffaloes Roam,” it turns out that murder also happens in wide open spaces. With this story, I made my debut appearance in the August/September 2015 issue of Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine. Thanks to EQMM editor, Janet Hutchings, for including me in such an august body of crime authors! Where The Buffaloes Roam

Speaking of the Wild West, the Moab Music Festival invited me to compose a sequel to my “William Grandstaff” composition. The world premiere of “The Ballad of William Grandstaff” took place on September 11 at the Sorrel River Ranch with James Martin, baritone, as the soloist.

My story, “Brotherhood,”was included in the Level Best anthology, Best New England Crime Stories of 2016: RED DAWN. Brotherhood

Last year “Christmas Concerto,” my first story with Level Best in their anthology, Best New England Crime Stories of 2015: ROGUE WAVE, won an honorary mention award in the Al Blanchard crime short story competition at the New England Crime Christmas Concerto

Another first was the publication of my review of the excellent Utah Opera’s production of Stravinsky’s opera “The Rake’s Progress” in the August issue of Opera Magazine. For all you opera lovers, the magazine contains everything you need to know about opera around the world to impress your friends. www.opera.co.uk


Last December 6 was the exciting 33rd annual Vivaldi by Candlelight concert in collaboration with our sponsor the Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy. A sold-out First Presbyterian Church audience enjoyed an all-Vivaldi program, featuring four solo concertos and three orchestral sinfonias.

On November 24, 2016 I performed a recital at the University of Utah’s Libby Gardner Concert Hall with faculty pianist, Vedrana Subotic, in a program of sonatas by Mozart, Schubert, and Beethoven. The well-attended concert raised over $5,000 for the Citizens Climate Lobby–Salt Lake City chapter in its efforts to enact Congressional climate change legislation.

Earlier in November, I was involved in a one-week residency at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, where I gave a master class, taught individual students, and performed the Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 with the chamber orchestra. Thanks to Dean Robert Walzel and the music department for hosting me!


4 thoughts on “Upcoming Events

  1. Are there any composite albums containing all of the music from the Gerale Elias mysteries? If yes, what are the titles, and where can I buy them?


  2. Hi Evelyn,
    Thanks for asking! Right now I’m in Massachusetts playing with the Boston Symphony at Tanglewood. From there I’m going on a European tour with them in September and then to visit family in Seattle. So I won’t be back in Salt Lake until mid-October! My first concert thereafter is the Vivaldi by Candlelight concert on December 1 at the First Presbyterian Church on South Temple. I hope to see you there! (Cecily says Hi!)


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