Haydn's Seven Last Words of ChristNotable theologians to read homilies during performance Martin Marty, Jean Bethke Elshtain, the Rev. Andrew Greeley and Cardinal Francis George will be among the speakers participating in the performance of Haydn's Seven Last Words of Christ, performed by the Vermeer Quartet on Wednesday, April 8, at Rockefeller Memorial Chapel.
The piece, first performed on Good Friday in 1787, is traditionally accompanied by brief spoken homilies. In addition to the aforementioned speakers -- Elshtain, the Laura Spelman Rockefeller Professor in the Divinity School; Greeley, Research Associate at NORC; Marty, the Fairfax M. Cone Distinguished Service Professor in the Divinity School; and Cardinal George -- this year's participants include Alison Boden, Dean of Rockefeller Chapel; Samuel Betances of Northeastern Illinois University; John Buchanan of the Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago; B. Herbert Martin of the Progressive Community Center; and Dick Staub of WYLL radio.
The performance will take place at 8 p.m., with a pre-concert lecture by the Vermeer Quartet at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults; ages 17 and under will be admitted free.
In addition to Seven Last Words of Christ, two other concerts at Rockefeller Chapel will celebrate the Easter season. On Sunday, April 5, at 3 p.m., the Rockefeller Chapel Choir and the Rockefeller Bach Soloists will perform a Palm Sunday Concert, featuring Maurice Durufle's Requiem and Bach's Himmelskoenig, sei willkommen. Tickets are $7, $5 for students.
On Friday, April 10, at 8 p.m., world-renowned organist Wolfgang Ruebsam will perform a Good Friday organ recital of contemplative selections by Bach, including Partita on Sei Gegruesset, Jesu Guetig. Admission to this event is free.
Tickets for these events are available at the Reynolds Club Box Office or by phone at 702-7300.