The Seven Last Words of Christ

7 Last Words

Saturday, March 4, 2023
Pacific Spirit United Church

The Seven Last Words of Christ Poster

Tony Roper, Narrator with Artistic Director Edette Gagné

Stopping for a moment to breathe deeply and reflect is such an incredible gift to oneself. On March 4th, Vivaldi Chamber Choir will set the tone for reflection with music by Pergolesi, Bruckner, Cherubini, Mozart and Haydn. Accompanied by the lush strings of Harmonia Ensemble, we will explore settings of sacred texts, culminating in Haydn’s Seven Last Words of Christ (sung in English).

Whether you are making space for self care or looking for a rich Lenten experience, Vivaldi Chamber Choir’s The Seven Last Words of Christ is the perfect choice.

Mozart’s Ave Verum Corpus, Bruckner’s Christus natus est and excerpts from Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater Doloroso and Cherubini’s Requiem in C minor will set the tone for this contemplative journey.

Honouring the sacred texts around which Haydn’s Seven Last Words of Christ was created, and pairing the performance with gorgeous visual projections makes this performance a “stand out” experience. After the instrumental introduction, the biblical text of each movement will narrated. Solo quartet will then “intone” the key words, after which the movement will be sung. Closing with a poignant poem by Malcolm Guite, this concert will be unforgettable.

Ensemble Harmonia, string orchestra

Narrated by Anthony Roper

Featuring solos by Catherine Crouch, Maria Golas, Steve Froese and Kevin Burke

Guest Orchestra: Harmonia – Nicholas Urquhart, Conductor

Presented with visual projections and poetry

Curated and conducted by Edette Gagné, Artistic Director, Vivaldi Chamber Choir

Running time: approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes (no intermission)

Suitable for all ages

Masking is encouraged at this venue

Donations can be made at the concert by cash, cheque, or e-transfer.

Your continuing support is always much appreciated.

Vivaldi Chamber Choir believes in the power of music to affect positive change in our world. We recognize that we rehearse, perform and record on the traditional, ancestral lands of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleiwatuth people. We acknowledge that the land’s historical relationships with these peoples has existed since time immemorial. We express our gratitude to these peoples and value the opportunity to create music on this land.

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