Midsummer’s Music Festival will present the fifth annual performance of Franz Joseph Haydn’s masterpiece, “The Seven Last Words of Christ” on Tuesday, March 18 at 7 pm. This stirring presentation, which has become a much anticipated Door County Easter-week tradition, will be performed this year at St. Rosalia’s Catholic Church in Sister Bay.
“This is truly a community event,” said Kathleen Pearson, Executive Director of Midsummer’s Music. “The performance of Haydn’s sublime music, graced by words from local church leaders as well as lay people of many faiths, conveying the sense and essence of Christ’s last utterances, is profoundly moving,” she added. The universal appeal of the subject matter – love, faith and redemption – combined with beautiful music played by Door County’s premier chamber ensemble provides a common thread to bind the community spiritually.
Haydn’s composition consists of seven rich and solemn sonatas, each based on one of Jesus’ last utterances. This eloquent music will be performed by a string quartet drawn from the Midsummer’s Music Festival ensemble, featuring David Perry and Isabella Lippi, violins, Sally Chisholm, viola, and Walter Preucil, cello. Guest speakers from throughout Door County will elaborate on the meaning of Christ’s last words. An introduction and a powerful finale surround these sonatas and spiritual reflections.
Adults and children of all faiths are welcome to attend “The Seven Last Words of Christ.” There is a suggested good will offering of $10 per adult and seating will be general admission.
To learn more, call 920.854.7088 or visit http://www.midsummerSmusic.com.