On Sunday morning, April 7, the Festival Chorus of the First Congregational Church of Westfield will present Théodor Dubois’ dramatic cantata "The Seven Last Words of Christ" during the 10AM worship service.
This beloved work, originally published in 1899, is a highlight of choral music from the late nineteenth century. It recounts in music the seven last “words” – that is, the seven last statements made by Christ during the crucifixion. The chorus serves as the angry mob, the sorrowing followers, and commentary on the scene. In a dramatic highlight, the earthquake at the time of Christ’s death is vividly depicted in the music.
Originally written for orchestra, chorus and soloists, the orchestra will be replaced in this performance by organ, harp, and timpani, and the work will be performed in English. The soloists are Maureen Francis, soprano, Ronald Naldi, tenor, and Stephen Bryant, baritone, and the church’s Organist and Music Director, Dr. Barbara Thomson will accompany and conduct.
All are invited to attend this dramatic and moving concert.