Presbyterians present ‘The Seven Last Words of Christ’

| March 31, 2017

COSHOCTON – The Presbyterian Church, North Fourth and Chestnut Streets in Coshocton, will present Theodore Dubois’ sacred cantata, “The Seven Last Words of Christ” as part of 10:30 a.m. worship on Sunday, April 2. Deacon Greg Kandra has called the Seven Last Words “one final sermon on the mount, a lasting message of forgiveness and mercy.”

The church’s Chancel Choir, conducted by Charles R. Snyder and accompanied by organist Mark D. Wagner, will be joined by soloists Kristin E. Lawler, soprano; Matthew P. Downing, tenor; and Andrew G. Hall, baritone. While most modern performances have used organ, harp and timpani for accompaniment, this performance will include some instruments from the original orchestration:  E. Luane Campbell, flute; Deborah Jones, oboe; Melinda G. Gale, clarinet; Leslie K. Dawson, bassoon; Joan E. Kason, horn; Donald T. Kason, trumpet; and Mathew H. Hayes, timpani.

Theodore Dubois was an important French organist, composer, and professor of music on the Paris scene in the late 1800’s. In 1861 he was awarded the prestigious Prix of Rome for composition. He studied at Reims and at the Paris Conservatory where he was later a professor from 1871 and the director from 1896-1905. The composer of four operas, a ballet, several oratorios, a Requiem Mass, as well as many orchestral works, Dubois is best remembered today for this sacred cantata composed in 1867, his Toccata in G – a tour de force for organ, and his texts on counterpoint and harmony which are still used in some music schools.

The Reverend Jonathan T. Carlisle and Sarah Swigert will serve as liturgists, Dannan and Sydney Stewart will be the cantors, and Gage Haines will be the crucifer.

Pastor Carlisle will lead an adult study at 9:15 a.m. that morning on these seven last statements Jesus made on the cross. The class will meet in the third floor conference room, and visitors are welcome.

All are invited to share in this musical worship service for Lent. Preschool childcare will be provided and ample parking is available.

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