On Friday, April 7, at 7:00 p.m., the Friends of Music Series at St. Paul’s will present the St. Paul’s Chamber Choir and a string quartet from the North Carolina Baroque Orchestra performing Franz Joseph Haydn’s The Seven Last Words of Christ.
This work, considered by many to be one of the composer’s finest, was originally written for orchestra and chorus, but Haydn also set it for orchestra alone and string quartet. There was also a keyboard reduction approved by the composer.
The Seven Last Words of Christ is comprised of an introduction, seven slow movements corresponding to the seven words, and a final chorus depicting the earthquake following the crucifixion. In this performance, the choir will sing the seven words and the final chorus. The string quartet will play the introduction and the slow movements following each word.
Members of the string quartet are David Wilson and Martha Perry, violin, Joey O’Donnell, viola, and Barbara Krumdieck, cello.
The concert is open to the public. An offering will be taken to support the Friends of Music series at St. Paul’s.