Seven Words

Presented March 22, 2013

When Haydn's Seven Last Words of Christ On the Cross was first performed in 1786, the audience attended a multimedia performance that included special lighting, spoken words, and live music. Inspired by the original setting, artist Ofri Cnaani created a live video installation to encircle the performers and generate a theatrical context for the music. Lavard Skou Larsen's Salzburg Chamber Soloists gave their New York debut with a program featuring their adaptation of the piece to a string orchestra.

Image: Screen simulation by Ofri Cnaani of details from Rembrandt (Rembrandt van Rijn) (Dutch, 1606–1669). Christ Crucified Between the Two Thieves: The Three Crosses, 1653. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Gift of Felix M. Warburg and his family, 1941 (41.1.31)