“The Seven Last Words of Christ” a Good Friday concert presentation.
performed by the Kontras Quartet and Newton-Conover Pastors
Kontras String Quartet, Western Piedmont Symphony’s quartet in residence, is excited to bring Joseph Haydn’s string quartet version of “The Seven Last Words of Christ” to the Old Post Office Playhouse in Newton on Good Friday, April 6, 2012 at 7:00 pm. Nine prominent pastors from the Newton area will reflect upon each of the Seven Last Words of Jesus on the cross.
This concert presentation is offered free to the public by The Green Room Community Theatre. The Green Room is pleased to work with the following area minsters who will be participating in the concert: Lutz Keller, Interim at Grace Reformed UCC, Newton; Willis Green, First Methodist, Newton; John Robbins, Chaplain, Catawba Valley Medical Center; Ann and Frank Aichinger, New Vision Presbyterian, Conover; Beth Lilly, Retired – Episcopal Church of the Epiphany, Newton; Robert Silber, ECCCM; Willetta Ar-Rahmaan; St. Pauls United Methodist, Newton; Brant Hoots, Trinity Baptist, Newton.
Contemplating on the Savior’s last sayings has served as inspiration to a great number of visual artists and musicians over the centuries. In particular, at least 15 composers have written musical settings of the Seven Last Words for various combinations of voice or instruments. The best known of these musical works is by the Austrian composer Joseph Haydn (1732 – 1809).
Combining the recitation and explanation of the actual phrases with Haydn’s musical meditations upon them has proven to be an incredibly profound and moving experience, and has been popular with concert audiences and churchgoers worldwide in the past two centuries.
No reservations are required, and general seating will be on a first come, first served basis.