The School of Music, Department of Theater, Film, and Television, and Department of Art and Design join forces at the Seven Last Words of Christ event, an evening of music, theater, and art honoring Christ’s death and resurrection. Positioned to celebrate the approaching Easter season, this free event is open to the public and takes place in Munson Chapel on APU’s East Campus, at 901 E. Alosta Ave., in Azusa, on Thurs., March 21, at 8 p.m.

School of Music string players will perform Franz Joseph Haydn’s masterpiece The Seven Last Words of Christ, a world-renowned work with seven sonatas that musically depict Christ’s final utterances before his death. Faculty and students from the Department of Theater, Film, and Television, will deliver biblical readings and meditations between the sonatas. Adding yet another dimension, a projection screen will showcase art pieces illustrating the themes of Christ’s death and resurrection designed by students in the Department of Art and Design.

This event represents the first collaboration of these three influential disciplines that will unite in fall 2013 to form the new College of Music and the Arts. “The purpose of the program is to cause people to think about how they should respond to Christ’s powerful final words,” said William Catling, MFA, professor and chair of the Department of Art and Design. “The confluence of music, theater, and art produces an aesthetic power that amounts to much more than the sum of its parts. As we work together and celebrate our symbiotic similarities and our distinct differences, we find that we are stronger together than separate.”

For more information about this event, contact the School of Music at (626) 815-3848 or schoolofmusic@apu.edu.