Haydn’s Seven Last Words: Crucifixion of the Earth

Date(s) - January 24, 2015
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Orpheum Annex

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Haydn’s Seven Last Words – Crucifixion of the Earth

January 24, 2015 | 8:00pm | Pre-concert chat with host Matthew White at 7:15 Orpheum Annex | Map

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Marc Destrubé, violin; Linda Melsted, violin; Stephen Creswell, viola; Tanya Tomkins, cello; Robert Bringhurst, poet; Jan Zwicky, poet

“Robert Bringhurst’s sinewy language and acute formal intelligence now reveal poetry of vivacity and stature, which can be enjoyed as a cultural treasure.” – Griffin Poetry Prize judges

“Marc Destrubé bared his soul without reserve, yet displaying gentlemanliness and humility”. Neville Oliffe, Early Music News, Australia

Texts by Robert Bringhurst and Jan Zwicky

In 1785 Josef Haydn wrote a chamber work based on the Biblical seven last words spoken by Christ on the cross. Traditionally, the words or phrases are spoken, followed by a meditation on those words, then by the music. EMV, in collaboration with Green College at UBC, have invited renowned BC poets Robert Bringhurst and Jan Zwicky to prepare poetry for each of the seven movements that stimulates a dialogue based on the universal human qualities in the text and also in Haydn’s deeply affecting music.

Generously sponsored by Mark Vessey & Maya Yazigi and Sherrill & John Grace.


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