Gerald Elias: Devil’s Trill | Entertainment Picks | Salt Lake City | Salt Lake City Weekly
We need your help.

Newspapers and media companies nationwide are closing or suffering mass layoffs since the coronavirus impacted all of us starting in March. City Weekly's entire existence is directly tied to people getting together in groups--in clubs, restaurants, and at concerts and events--which are the industries most affected by new coronavirus regulations.

Our industry is not healthy. Yet, City Weekly has continued publishing thanks to the generosity of readers like you. Utah needs independent journalism more than ever, and we're asking for your continued support of our editorial voice. We are fighting for you and all the people and businesses hardest hit by this pandemic.

You can help by making a one-time or recurring donation on, which directs you to our Galena Fund 501(c)(3) non-profit, a resource dedicated to help fund local journalism. It is never too late. It is never too little. Thank you. DONATE

Culture » Entertainment Picks

Gerald Elias: Devil’s Trill

Nov. 21



Gerald Elias, associate concertmaster for the Utah Symphony and adjunct professor of music at the University of Utah, has written a thriller set in a world he knows quite well—that of classical music.

Named after a Giuseppi Tartini violin sonata famously known for its demanding technicality, Devil’s Trill follows a solitary and cantankerous violin teacher, the blind Daniel Jacobus, who begrudgingly returns to the symphonic world from his self-imposed exile in order to attend the Grimsley Competition—a contest held every 13 years at Carnegie Hall for young prodigies exclusively under the age of 13. When the prize of the contest—an extremely rare, three-quarter-size violin known as the Piccolino Stradivarius— mysteriously goes missing, Jacobus is blamed for the theft and, in turn, quickly begins the daunting and deadly quest of clearing his tarnished name.

Elias, an accomplished violinist in his own right, will read, sign and play select pieces from this exciting debut novel.

Gerald Elias: Devil’s Trill @ Sam Weller’s Bookstore, 254 S. Main, 801-328-2586, Nov. 21, 5 p.m.,