Dudley Birder Chorale Presents “The Seven Last Words of Christ”

March 23 at 1 p.m. & 3 p.m.

From St. Norbert College, March 10, 2014
by Stefanie Trinkl, stefanie.trinkl@snc.edu, 920-403-3089

The Dudley Birder Chorale will present Théodore Dubois' cantata "The Seven Last Words of Christ" on Sunday, March 23, at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. at the St. Norbert Abbey church, 1016 N. Broadway, De Pere. The program is presented by the chorale every other year as an ecumenical concert in observance of the Lenten season. The concert is free and open to the public. A goodwill offering is suggested.

"The Seven Last Words of Christ" relates the events surrounding the last words spoken by Jesus on the cross. It was composed in Paris in 1867 and is regarded as the world's most popular Lenten music work.

The piece will be performed by the 150-voice chorale, conducted by Dudley Birder and accompanied by Jeffrey Verkuilen at the abbey organ. Soloists will be Lee Anne Scovell, Elizabeth Zitney, Tim Olejniczak, Chad Lemerande and Kent Paulsen. Local clergy will offer a brief reflection between each of the seven words or movements.

Participating will be Green Bay Bishop David Ricken and clergy of the following local churches: Our Lady of Lourdes, Father Tim Shillcox; St. Elizabeth Seton, Father Paul Demuth; Grace Lutheran, Rev. Larry Lange; First Presbyterian, Rev. Dr. Randy Argall; Union Congregational, Rev. Steve Hartman; St. Willebrord, Father Andy Cribben; First United Presbyterian, Rev. Luke Farwell; West Side Moravian, Rev. Marion Boyle; First United Methodist, Rev. David Kalas; and St. Norbert College, Father Rowland De Peaux; also, retired Green Bay pastors Rev. James Sjolie and Rev. Wayne Garman.

For more information, contact Dudley Birder at 920-403-3116 or dudley.birder@snc.edu.