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Haydn's rarely performed and moving composition

May 16, 2011

One of the prominent composers of the Classical period, Joseph Haydn's growing popularity was evidenced by the fact that he was frequently commissioned from abroad to write compositions. One such piece was the 'Seven Last Words of Christ,' which he wrote for a Good Friday service at a church in southern Spain. You can enjoy a performance of the composition by orchestra, choir, and vocal soloists on May 27 at Colorado State.

Colorado State University's Director of Choral Activities James Kim, Ph.D., will conduct the evening's performance.Friday, May 27
7:30 p.m.
Griffin Concert Hall
University Center for the Arts

CSU choral director James Kim, Ph.D., conducts a professional orchestra, chorus, and vocal soloists for Franz Joseph Haydn's rarely performed and moving score.

Haydn's rescored work for voices

Commissioned for Lenten observances in Cadiz, Spain, an instrumental version was successfully performed in 1786. In 1794, Haydn heard a version by German musician Joseph Friebert, who had added voices to Haydn's original work.  

Taken by the idea, Haydn rescored the work, resulting in the piece as we know it today. Haydn's Te Deum, completed in 1800, was written for Marie Teresa, the second wife of Emperor Franz II, and is used as an introduction. This special concert is made possible through generous sponsorship from Dr. Donald Park.


  • Amanda Balestrieri, soprano
  • Aiden Soder, mezzo soprano
  • Todd Teske, tenor
  • Steven Taylor, baritone.


  • $7/CSU student
  • $1/youth (under 17)
  • $12/adult

Advance ticket purchase is recommended to avoid at-the-door fees. 

Followed by a "Meet the Artist" Reception sponsored by Great Harvest, Mugs Coffee Lounge, and Whole Foods.

Contact: Jennifer Clary
Phone: (970) 491-3603