Music for Lent: Seven Last Words from the Cross

Friday, March 18, 2016
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

The Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys with Orchestra of St. Luke’s perform James MacMillan's masterpiece ‘Seven Last Words from the Cross’ with works by John Taverner and Sir John Tavener. Online ticketing for tonight’s performance will close at 1pm. Tickets will be available for purchase at the Fifth Avenue entrance beginning at 6:30pm.

The promotion code for parishoners and Friends of Music will be available on Monday, March 7 at 12pm.

QUEMADMODUM John Taverner (c.1490-1545)

SVYATISir John Tavener (1944-2013)

THE LAST DISCOURSESir John Tavener (1944-2013)
Tavener describes the Discourse of Christ with the Disciples at the Last Supper as ‚Äúone of the most disturbing and at the same time comforting meetings of Heaven and Earth.‚Äù And his method of conveying it in music is touched with genius.’ Rob Cowan, The Independent

SEVEN LAST WORDS FROM THE CROSS
(New York Premiere) – James MacMillan
Widely admired as one of Scottish composer James MacMillan’s finest achievements, a masterful setting of the traditional text based on a compilation from all four gospels to form a sequential presentation of the last seven sentences uttered by Christ.
‘‚Ķwhat riches there are for those who scale these heights. MacMillan’s conviction in this music, stemming from his deep faith, is passionately obvious and could not leave anyone unmoved by this experience.’ Paul Spicer

Renowned for his fine musicianship, David Hill is widely respected as both a choral and orchestral conductor. He is Chief Conductor of The BBC Singers, Musical Director of The Bach Choir, Southern Sinfonia and Leeds Philharmonic Society, Associate Guest conductor of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Principal Conductor of Yale Schola Cantorum. His previous posts have included Master of Music at Winchester Cathedral and Westminster Cathedral, Associate Conductor and then Artistic Director of the Philharmonia Chorus and Director of Music at St John’s College, Cambridge. David Hill’s broad-ranging discography of over 80 recordings includes many award-winners and his commitment to new music has led to him premiering works by several leading composers.