The Seven Last Words (Die sieben letzten Worte) by Franz Joseph Haydn was commissioned by the Catholic cathedral for Holy Week, the week preceding Easter, in 1785. It was composed originally for string orchestra, and made up of seven sonatas plus an introduction. The seven movements were meant to express and comment on the seven last statements of Christ as he was dying on the cross, as recorded in scripture. The Seven Last "Words" of Jesus Christ from the cross are actually 7 short phrases that Jesus uttered on Calvary that serve as an excellent holy week meditation.
It is the 1796 version that we will hear performed in St. Andrew's Cathedral by the local string ensemble, the Emily Carr String Quartet.
Muge Buyukcelen born in 1975, in Istanbul Turkey started playing at age 9. She studied at the Istanbul State Conservatory, where her natural talent was quickly recognized and was awarded the "best young musician" award. She studied privately with Nicolai Chumacenko, Sandra Goldberg, Ayla Erduran, and Burkhard Godhoff.
She holds a Masters degree ... more info
Cory is originally from Meadow Lake Saskatchewan and earned a Bachelors degree in violin from McGill and a Masters degree from Rice University. He is a member of the Victoria Symphony and the Galiano Ensemble. He has participated in the Shaw festival, the Charlottetown Festival and Les Jeune Virtuose Montreal. Cory has performed with Kenji Fuse in ... more info