March 20, 1997
Vol. 16, No. 13

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    'Seven Last Words of Christ' at Rockefeller

    Haydn's "The Seven Last Words of Christ" will be presented by the internationally renowned Vermeer String Quartet, with original homilies by nine distinguished theologians, at 8 p.m. on Good Friday, March 28, at Rockefeller Memorial Chapel. A pre-performance discussion with members of the Chicago-based Vermeer Quartet will begin at 6:45 p.m.

    Composed in 1786, "The Seven Last Words of Christ" was first presented on Good Friday in 1787 in Cadiz, Spain. The work's seven main sections, each based upon one of Jesus' final "words," or thoughts, were prefaced by brief, spoken meditations.

    This rarely performed format will be revived for Rockefeller Chapel's Good Friday presentation. Original homilies will be presented by Martin Marty, the Fairfax M. Cone Distinguished Service Professor in the Divinity School; Jean Bethke Elshtain, the Laura Spelman Rockefeller Professor in the Divinity School; the Rev. Alison Boden, Dean of Rockefeller Chapel; the Rev. T.L. Barrett, pastor of Life Center Church of God in Christ; Mark Noll, the McManis Professor of Christian Thought and History at Wheaton College; John Shea of Loyola University; Edgar Thornton, retired pastor of Original Providence Church; Grover Zinn, the William H. Danforth Professor of Religion at Oberlin College; and Mary Gonzales, director of the Metropolitan Alliance Congregations.

    The performance will be broadcast live on WFMT radio (98.7 FM).

    Admission is $10, free for children 17 and under. For advance tickets and more information, call 702-7300.