The Seven Last Words of Christ
by Joseph Haydn
March 30, 2018, 7:30pm
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Old St. Patrick's Church and Haymarket Opera Company present Haydn’s masterpiece The Seven Last Words of Christ with violinist Rachel Barton Pine and the Haymarket String Quartet.
Franz Joseph Haydn’s masterpiece The Seven Last Words of Christ expresses the immense sorrow of Christ’s suffering in an Introduction, seven slow movements, and a depiction of the earth quake. Haydn wrote “each movement is expressed by purely instrumental music in such a way that even the most uninitiated listener will be moved to the very depths of his soul.” This work was originally commissioned in 1783 for the Good Friday services at the Cathedral in Cádiz, Spain, providing a sonic backdrop for meditation on each of the seven last utterances of Christ. This musical treasure has endured the test of time, remaining in the performance repertory for more than 200 years.
Haymarket String Quartet
Rachel Barton Pine, violin
Jeri-Lou Zike, violin
Dave Moss, viola
Craig Trompeter, cello
Friday, March 30th at 7:30pm
Old St. Patrick's Church
700 W Adams St
Chicago, IL 60661
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Haymarket String Quartet
Heralded as a leading interpreter of the great classical masterworks, international concert violinist Rachel Barton Pine thrills audiences with her dazzling technique, lustrous tone, and emotional honesty. With an infectious joy in music-making and a passion for connecting historical research to performance, Pine transforms audiences’ experiences of classical music. Her 2017-18 season includes performances with the Sacramento Philharmonic, the Tel Aviv Soloists, the Orquestra Sinfónica Nacional de Costa Rica, the Eugene Symphony, and Symphony Nova Scotia, and recitals for the Ladies’ Morning Musical Club in Montreal and Early Music Seattle. Over the course of a career that began with her debut at the age of 10 with the Chicago Symphony, Pine has appeared as soloist with many of the world’s most prestigious ensembles and released 36 albums. The winner of several of the world’s leading competitions, she was the youngest gold medal-winner ever at the J.S. Bach International Violin Competition. Pine performs on the Joseph Guarnerius del Gesu (Cremona 1742), known as the "ex-Bazzini, ex-Soldat," on lifetime loan from her anonymous patron.
As a period instrument performer, Jeri-Lou Zike is concertmaster of the Haymarket Opera Company, where she also manages the orchestra. Other musical credits include concertmaster of the University of Chicago Rockefeller Chapel Concerts and Chicago Bach Ensemble, as well as performances with His Majestie’s Clerkes, Kansas City Music Consort, Baroque Band and Music of the Baroque’s first period instrument concert. She also has, ever since their inception, performed with City Musick and Basically Bach, two fine period instrument orchestras in Chicago.
Dave Moss, is a graduate of The Juilliard School and Oberlin Conservatory and is currently pursuing his MBA in finance at University of Chicago. He intends to combine business acumen with artistic excellence to foster a strong future for the arts in Chicago. An accomplished chamber musician, Moss has performed with Joshua Bell, Itzhak Perlman, Jamie Laredo, Miriam Fried, Shmuel Ashkenasi, Yo-Yo Ma, Renée Fleming, and with members of the Juilliard, Guarneri, and Ying Quartets. He has appeared on the world’s major concert stages including Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Kimmel Center, the Kennedy Center, the Smithsonian Museum, and Chicago’s Symphony Center. He has recorded for Cedille Records, Naxos and Sony Records and has been heard on the BBC, PBS, and is a frequent guest on Chicago’s WFMT. As an orchestral musician he has performed with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. His interest in historical performance has led him to work recently with Tafelmusik and with Mark Padmore at the Britten-Pears Festival, as well as performing with Haymarket Opera Company, Baroque Band, and Callipygian Players. Dave makes his home in Chicago where he is an active member of Old St. Patrick's, Chicago Yacht Club, and the Metropolitan Club.
Craig Trompeter, has been a musical presence in Chicago for more than twenty years. As an acclaimed cellist and violist da gamba he has performed in concert and over the airwaves with Second City Musick, Music of the Baroque, the Chicago Symphony, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Chicago Opera Theater, the Cal Players, the Oberlin Consort of Viols, and Great Lakes Baroque. He has performed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Glimmerglass Festival, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and the Valletta International Baroque Festival in Malta. He has appeared as soloist at the Ravinia Festival, the annual conference of the American Bach Society, with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and with Music of the Baroque. Trompeter has recorded works of Mozart, Biber, Boismortier, Marais, Handel, Greene, Henry Eccles, and a potpourri of Elizabethan composers on the Harmonia Mundi, Cedille, and Centaur labels. As a modern cellist, he was a founding member of the Fry Street String Quartet. He premiered several chamber operas by MacArthur Fellow John Eaton, performing as actor, singer and cellist. Most recently he served as Music Director for Francesca Caccini's opera La liberazione di Ruggiero dall'isola d'Alcina at Utah State University. He has taught master classes at his alma mater, the Cleveland Institute of Music, Grinnell College, and the Chicago Musical College. In 2003 he founded the Feldenkrais® Center of Chicago where he teaches Awareness Through Movement® and Functional Integration®. He has given Feldenkrais workshops throughout the nation in universities, music conservatories, and dance studios.