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.

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, all thread 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 and 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

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

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