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Web Exclusive Video: The Vermeer Quartet’s Seven Last Words

Crucifixion by Jacopo Tintoretto,1565

Crucifixion by Jacopo Tintoretto,1565

The Seven Last Words of Christ, performed by the Vermeer Quartet, will be broadcast on WFMT Friday night at 8:00 PM.

For over two decades, the Vermeer Quartet has made Haydn’s The Seven Last Words of Christ a Chicago tradition during Holy Week. Inviting speakers from across the social spectrum, sometimes with opposing views, Vermeer’s collaborators have included the Reverend Billy Graham, Jason Robards, T.L. Barrett, Cardinal Francis George, and even Barack Obama, when he was a newcomer to public life.

See the video* for an inside look at Haydn’s work with Vermeer violist Richard Young.

*WFMT mourns the loss of cellist Marc Johnson pictured in this video. Cellist Kurt Baldwin will play in Marc’s place on Friday’s broadcast.

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