Good Friday Concert: Membra Jesu nostri patientis sanctissima

Date: April 10, 2020
Time:
5:30 pm to 6:30 pm

In observance of Good Friday, the La Farge Ensemble (composed of a select group of professional and amateur singers from the Trinity Choirs) and instrumentalists perform Dietrich Buxtehude’s rarely-heard 1680 oratorio Membra Jesu nostri patientis sanctissima (The Most Holy Limbs of Our Suffering Jesus). Composed of seven brief cantatas, the hour-long work integrates vivid texts dedicated to the wounded limbs of the crucified Christ: feet, knees, hands, sides, breast, heart, and face. The overall effect is a moving meditation serving to evoke empathy, compassion, and, finally, comfort.