Nashville Sinfonietta-Haydn's Seven Last Words
8/31/2013, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
This concert is a benefit for the Shade Tree Clinic. Donations will be accepted at the door but are not required. Suggested donation: $15 adults, $5 students
Open to the Public
Location: Ingram Hall (Google map of this location)
Dean Whiteside, director
"Haydn’s Seven Last Words"
Franz Josef Haydn’s neglected masterpiece contains some of the most sublime music ever written. Haydn’s subject matter here is religious, but the themes are universal: deepest suffering, hope, and redemption. While several versions of the piece exist (one for orchestra and chorus, one for quartet), this one, for orchestra, is the original. Haydn originally intended the piece as part of a Good Friday service.
Acclaimed conductor and Blair alumnus Dean Whiteside leads this unique collaboration, which realizes Haydn’s work in a secular performance featuring new poems inspired by the seven last words, written for the occasion by Rick Hilles, assistant professor of English at Vanderbilt, and narrated by Michael Hime, senior lecturer in music literature at Blair. These poems, reflecting on the universal meaning of Christ’s death, provide a modern substitute for the role of the priest that Haydn originally envisioned.
Presented with gratitude to the Sartain Lanier Family Foundation for its generous support of the Blair School