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Seven Last Words of Jesus Christ on the Cross


Seven Last Words of Jesus Christ on the Cross

  • Date: Wednesday, 14 October 2009, 9:00pm
  • Venue: St Patrick's Cathedral, East Melbourne — Cnr Gisborne St and Cathedral Place, East Melbourne, VIC
  • Tickets: $30-$25 — Tickets can be purchased online

Event Details

Based on three sacred classical music works, this very special series of concerts meditates on Christ’s seven last words on the cross. From these seven sets of words flows two thousand years of history, belief and thought. Included in this deep history of contemplation are three musical meditations by Joseph Haydn, Sofia Gubaidulina and James Macmillan brought together over three evenings in this unique project created especially for Melbourne Festival, and complementing Peter Greenaway's Leonardo's Last Supper.

In this concert, Haydn's music will be interlaced with new musical reflections by seven contemporary composers. These performances unfold under a sublime lighting installation by Ben Cobham and Bluebottle in the vast stillness of St Patrick’s Cathedral, a place in which these works and the spiritual message behind them can be appreciated to its fullest.

Featured non-Australian music: Haydn

Further information for this event is available online at the event's website

Featured Australian Works

Descent (trios) by James Ledger — World premiere
— performed by Greg Taylor, Sam Curkpatrick, Rachel Cashmore and Timothy Phillips
Ingwe (solo electric guitar) by Georges Lentz — World premiere
— performed by Zane Banks
Digital sheet music sample '...in Paradiso' : for nine or more flutes (2009) by Andrew Ford — World premiere
— performed by Taryn Richards, Agatha Yim and Dominique Chaseling
Miniature (Etude for two French horns) (duos: 2 horns) by Brett Dean — World premiere
— performed by Rosemary Savage and Heath Parkinson
Thirst (trios including oboe) by Anthony Pateras — World premiere
— performed by Claire Ramuscak, Timothy Phillips, Rachel Cashmore and Annabelle Badcock
 Reflection by William Barton — World premiere

Featured artists

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