Joseph Haydn’s “The Seven Last Words of Christ” for string quartet to be performed at Columbia Street Baptist Church, by the Hallelujah String Quartet April, 3, 7:00 pm. Bangor, Maine, March 4, 2015. Betsy Kobayashi, the founder of Pineland Suzuki School in Manchester, will bring the Hallelujah String Quartet to Bangor for a performance of Joseph Haydn’s masterpiece “The Seven Last Words of Christ”. Composed in 1783 for the Good Friday service at the Cathedral of Cádiz in Spain, it is considered to be one of the greatest pieces of Easter music.
Hayden’s seven sonatas are meditations on the following phrases gathered from the four Christian Gospels: "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do." "Surely, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise." "Woman, behold your son! Behold your mother!" "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" "I thirst." "It is finished!" "Father, into your hands I commend my spirit."
Twenty years ago, violinist Betsy Kobayashi of Manchester, ME, had a dream. Her dream was to bring to Maine, Dr. Shinichi Suzuki’s lifetime belief that music lies in the heart of any and every child: “I believe that every child can become superior, and my confidence has never been betrayed.” Betsy studied under Dr. Suzuki for 7 years, graduating from the Talent Education Institute in Matsumoto, Japan. Since the early 1990’s, hundreds of Maine children have found their voices through violin, viola and cello at the Pineland Suzuki School.
For 17 consecutive Good Fridays, Betsy has led a string quartet in the sacred performance of Joseph Haydn’s Seven Last Words of Christ. On April 3 at 7:00 pm, her “Halleluiah String Quartet” (comprised of members of the Pineland Suzuki School Faculty and Student Quartet) will perform Haydn’s masterpiece at Columbia Street Baptist Church (CSBC) in Bangor.
Dr. Stan Moody, Senior Pastor at CSBC, credits Betsy with the spark that ignited the spirit of his cellist son, Jonathan, a performance music major at Susquehanna University. “I have watched children come alive under Betsy’s leadership”, Moody says. “The patient, faithful contribution that Betsy has made to my own ministry has deeply enriched me. I guarantee that those who attend this concert will find nothing to compare with it this side of NY.”
The Good Friday concert will be offered at no charge to the public as a gift to Bangor from CSBC. Instead, a freewill offering will be taken. All are welcome.