Andrew Schaeffer, Director of Music Ministries
As I was contemplating what music to do for Holy Week, I had a bit of a serendipitous experience. Several weeks ago, I was talking with Dr. Richard Zielinski who, in addition to teaching choral music at OU, directs the Adult Choir at McFarlin United Methodist Church in Norman. Dr. Z told me that he was presenting “Seven Last Words of Christ on the Cross” by Théodore Dubois on Good Friday and encouraged me to take a look at it. The very next day I was listening to the work in my office and going through some older boxes when low and behold, I came across a FUMC Messenger from 1996 announcing that the Chancel Choir would be singing it for Good Friday. I checked with our very own choir historian, Pat Deason who not only confirmed that we did it then, but that the FUMC choir has presented it many times before, stretching back to at least the 1960s.
So, you guessed it – for the first time in 21 years, we’ll be “resurrecting” this large-scale piece for Good Friday. (Sorry, I couldn’t resist the pun.) Stay tuned for further Messenger articles about this exciting musical treat and make plans now to join us on Good Friday.