SUSPENDED: University Chorale presents “Considering Matthew Shepard”

Venue: Fairchild Theatre, MSU Auditorium

MSU Choirs

University Chorale, conducted by David Rayl, Fairchild Theatre
University Chorale, conducted by David Rayl. Fairchild Theatre, MSU Auditorium.
Considering Matthew Shepard. University Chorale, conducted by David Rayl, April 5, 7pm Fairchild Theatre.


In accordance with the state’s emergency declaration and protocols set by MSU, all music events have been suspended. Please read notice.



David Rayl, conductor

Presenting Craig Hella Johnson’s Considering Matthew Shepard, an inspiring musical retelling of the story of a young, gay student from the University of Wyoming, who was kidnapped, severely beaten, tied to a fence and left to die in October 1998.

Considering Matthew Shepard is an oratorio in three parts incorporating a variety of musical styles threaded together to form a single unified piece. Johnson includes a range of texts by poets Hildegard of Bingen, Lesléa Newman, Michael Dennis Browne, and Rumi, including passages from Matt’s personal journal, interviews and writings from his parents Judy and Dennis Shepard, newspaper reports and additional texts by Johnson and Browne, all woven together to form a powerful artistic narrative.

“Matt Shepard and his story have led me on an inspiring, challenging and deeply meaningful journey that I continue to this day. In composing Considering Matthew Shepard  I wanted to create, within a musical framework, a space for reflection, consideration and unity around his life and legacy.”
– Craig Hella Johnson, composer

This is part of “Our Own Story, Own Your Story” a series of events presenting music, film, art, poetry and storytelling April 5–10 at venues across campus visit cal.msu.edu/signature-events for more information.

General admission seating: $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, free for students. 

Add a $1.50 convenience fee for each ticket ordered online or over the phone. Tickets may also be purchased at the door if available. College of Music Box Office: 517-353-5340,
musicboxoffice@music.msu.edu

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