April 13, 1995
Vol. 14, No. 15

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    Lissa Romell is among the dancers in Caged, the second event in the three-part Spring Dance Celebration, co-sponsored by University Theater and UCDancers. Caged, a full-length theatrical dance featuring students and other members of the University community, will be performed at 8 p.m. today, April 13, through Saturday, April 15, in Reynolds Club's Kinahan Theater. This modern ballet -- choreographed by Doug Wood, directed by Jay Franks and illustrated with paintings by Catherine Arnold -- will be accompanied by dramatic readings from T.S. Eliot's Four Quartets and Samuel Beckett's Happy Days. Admission is $4. Haydn's 'Seven Last Words' at Rockefeller on Good Friday

    Franz Josef Haydn's oratorio "The Seven Last Words of Our Savior on the Cross" will be performed in observance of Good Friday at 8 p.m. Friday, April 14, in Rockefeller Memorial Chapel.

    Bruce Tammen will conduct the oratorio, which will feature the Rockefeller Memorial Chapel Choir, Symphony of the Shores and vocal soloists Amy Cochrane, Emily Lodine, Calland Metts and Jeffrey Horvath, with concertmaster Jeri-Lou Zike.

    "The Seven Last Words of Our Savior on the Cross" was first composed in 1786 as a series of orchestral responses in an extended Good Friday liturgy at the cathedral of Cadiz, Spain. In 1796, Haydn completed the oratorio version that will be performed at Rockefeller Chapel, using as his text both the Seven Words and homilies prepared by librettist Baron Gottfried van Swieten.

    The Seven Words are, according to Christian tradition, the last seven statements made by Jesus as he was dying on the cross. They are, as recorded in the New Testament:

    "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do."

    "Verily, I say unto thee, today shalt thou be with me in paradise."

    "Woman, behold thy son, and thou, behold thy mother."

    "My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me."

    "Alas, I thirst."

    "It is finished."

    "Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit."

    Also on the program will be Palestrina's "Super flumina Babylonis (By the Waters of Babylon)," Brahms' "Ich aber bin elend (But I Am Afflicted)," Hugo Distler's "Fuerwahr, er trug unsere Krankheit (Surely He Has Borne Our Griefs)" and Vincent Persichetti's "Agnus Dei."

    Tickets are $10 and are available in advance at the Reynolds Club box office or by calling 7531191. John Hope Franklin lecture to be filmed on campus April 19

    A talk by John Hope Franklin, a pioneering researcher in African-American history and the John Matthews Manly Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus in History, will be filmed at 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 19, in Social Sciences 122 for a forthcoming television biography. Students, faculty and staff are invited to attend the lecture, which will focus on Franklin's latest research. For more information, call 7028356.