Sage Quartet Presents “Seven Last Words of Christ” by Joseph Haydn
Date(s) - 04/21/2019
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Two Rivers Unitarian Universalist
A musical journey through Rebirth
Easter is a time for deep reflection on rebirth and hope. This piece of music, Seven Last Words of Christ, composed by Joseph Haydn as a commissioned work in 1785 for Cadiz Cathedral in Spain, followed the last seven words of Jesus on the cross. Seven slow movements of profound spirituality traced the last moments of life and transformation. It is about forgiveness, aspiration, tenderness, poignancy, reconciliation, peace, and surrender. Today the music is still being presented all over the world.
Since 2012, the Sage Quartet has brought the music of Haydn’s String Quartet “Seven Last Words of Christ” around Easter every year. Started with Lyons Community Church, the music offering went on to churches of different denominators in Taipei, Tainan, Nantou, and Kaohsiung of Taiwan, as well as St. John’s Episcopal in Boulder and Epiphany Lutheran in Denver. This year the music will be brought to yo to Carbondale as a special event at the Two Rivers Unitarian Universalist, located at the Third Street Center.
Special Thanks to Sondra Reiff and Rev. Shawna. Music is where people of all walks of life, all faiths and cultures, all backgrounds and wonderment could gather and contemplate, could unite in the singular experience of divine beauty. Come join us in this musical journey.
Haydn’s Last Seven Words of Christ
Introduction: Maestoso ed Adagio
Sonata I. Largo. “Father, Forgive them, for they know not what they do.”
Sonata II. Grave. “Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.”
Sonata III. Grave. “Woman, behold thy son! Behold thy mother!”
Sonata IV. Largo. “”My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?”
Sonata V. Adagio. “I thirst.”
Sonata VI. Lento. “It is finished.”
Sonata VII. Largo. “Into your hands I commit my spirit.”
Il Terremoto (Earthquake). Presto
About Sage Quartet:
MinTze Wu, violin
Founder and Director of BenFeng Music Studio & Productions, Wu is a violinist of many passions. She has been heard from the pubs in Poland, opera houses in Italy, concert halls in Australia, US, Taiwan, and the remote villages in Newfoundland. She has performed as a member of Azmari Quartet, Sarasota Opera, San Diego Symphony, and Australian Chamber Orchestra, and served as a full-time faculty at Northern Kentucky University from 2004-2007. She has been active in presenting, performing, and creating music projects inspired by different genres, cultures, and traditions. A graduate from Cleveland Institute of Music, she has pursued a career exploring classical music as an expressive medium in performing art, with notable projects such as Peer Gynt, Death of the Pugilist, Carmen Fantasy, Kiss, Traces, and Beneath. Her last production of Xu Zhimo & His Transfigured Night has been presented at the National Concert Hall and National Opera House in Taiwan. She has collaborated with filmmakers, theatre directors, writers, calligraphers, and visual artists in multi-disciplinary productions in both Asia and North America.
Brian Krinke, violin
Described by the New York Times as an “accomplished and intrepid young player,” Brian Krinke has performed extensively as a recitalist throughout the country and in Central America. As a chamber musician he has collaborated with musicians such as Orli Shaham, Simone Dinnerstein, Lukas Foss, and with members of the Pro Arte, Daedalus and Maia Quartets. A new music specialist, Mr. Krinke has premiered and recorded many violin works, in addition to working with living composers such as Milton Babbitt, Andrew Imbrie and George Crumb. Mr. Krinke holds degrees from the Juilliard School and the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with renowned Carl Flesch students Szymon Goldberg and Felix Galimir, as well as former Juilliard Quartet member Joel Smirnoff. Mr. Krinke is currently Visiting Assistant Professor of Violin and Viola at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction.
Erin Gallagher, violin
Erin Gallagher is a professional violist, violinist and teacher based in Aspen, with students throughout the Roaring Fork Valley. She received her Bachelor of Music in Viola Performance and Bachelor of Arts in English Literature with Honors in 2013 from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. She studied with Dr. Roland Vamos at Northwestern and was a dedicated member of the Contemporary and Baroque ensembles at Northwestern, as well as the symphony orchestra and many, varied, fulfilling chamber ensembles. Ms. Gallagher moved to the Roaring Fork Valley in 2014 and quickly began performing with ensembles in the valley, and mentoring students with the Roaring Fork Youth Orchestra.
Sarah Biber, violincello
Cellist, Sarah Biber, has played across the United States, Australia and China. In recent collaborations with dance, she has been featured with the Paul Taylor Dance Company performing solo Bach and with Cherylyn Lavagnino Dance at the premiere of “Treize en Jeu”. Sarah earned her doctorate from Stony Brook University after double-degree studies at Oberlin Conservatory and College and the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. As cellist of Kentucky’s premiere period ensemble, she collaborated in a performance of a Vivaldi Concerto, called “Passionate and insightful” and aired on NPR’s Performance Today. Immediately after receiving her doctorate, Sarah was appointed professor of cello at Montana State University. She recently relocated to the Capitol Hill neighborhood of DC where she teaches group classes with the support of the Capitol Hill Foundation and Classics for Kids, a Boston based non-profit.
Some frequently asked questions:
Where is the worship space, exactly? We meet at the Third Street Center which does have a lot of rooms! As you come in the main entrance, you’ll notice a beautiful room directly in front of you. That is where we have religious exploration classes for our youth. Take a left, and just past the vending machine on the right, you’ll find the hallway to the community room, with beautiful tall windows and string lights. This is our Sanctuary on Sunday mornings.
How accessible is your worship space? We are pleased that someone with a wheelchair will find our services comfortable with close parking, double wide doors, everything is on one level, and the restrooms are also accessible for wheelchair users. We are working on other accessibility improvements such as a hearing loop. Please contact us if there is another accommodation we can provide so we can enjoy your time here with us.
Is there childcare? Every Sunday we have religious exploration for our youth during the service. We worship together as a whole congregation at the start of the service, and then after the Time For All Ages, we sing the kids out for religious exploration classes. As a family, you’re welcome to have your children enjoy the classes or to stay with you for the whole service.
What do people wear? Come as you are. We have dress-on-Sunday best folks with hats, and folks wearing blue-jeans because they just got off the ranch.
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