“Last Seven Words Of Christ,” Oratorio Performed by Hudson Lyric Opera

BY GEORGE J. DACRE

In a very moving performance at United Methodist Church in Stony Point, the Hudson Lyric Opera Company rendered Theodore Dubois Oratorio, for which he is most noted, “The Seven Last Words Of Christ.”

The choir and soloists were accompanied by a four piece orchestra led by pianist/director Rosalinda Perez. Choir member Louis Solomon led off the Oratorio as Naomi followed by Terrence Hyde, tenor singing the First Word “Father, Forgive Them, For They Know Not What They Do.” Hyde also performed on the Second and Third Words, “Verily, Thou Shalt Be in Paradise Today With Me” and “See, O Woman! Here Behold Thy Son Beloved.” Arlene Linke also performed on the Third Word.

Kenneth Whiteman, baritone, performed on the First, Second, Third, Fifth and Sixth Words. John Taylor Thomas, baritone performed on the Second and Fourth Words and Pam Turner was a soloist on the seventh word. The entire choir accompanied the soloists through the hour long presentation. During the performance a screen showed pictures of Christ’s crucifixion and¬†resurrection.

The Oratorio was also performed Friday at the Clarkstown Reformed Church in West Nyack and will be presented at the Graymoor in Harrison. For information 845-358-4320.