Considering Matthew Shepard

Cantare Con Vivo Chorale
First Presbyterian Church of Oakland
2619 Broadway Oakland, CA 94612
Event date: 
01 Mar 2020
Start Time: 
4:00 pm
Conductor / Keynote Speaker: 
David Morales, conductor

The Cantare Chorale presents the first East Bay performance of a new 95-minute choral work exploring the life, death and legacy of Matthew Shepard, the gay Wyoming teenager who became a national figure after he was beaten and left for dead in 1998.

Matthew Shepard, the Wyoming teenager who became a national figure after he was beaten and left for dead for being gay in 1998, has inspired plays, documentaries and books. He is the subject of this newly written 95-minute extended work entitled “Considering Matthew Shepard” that explores his life, death and legacy. Composer Craig Hella Johnson, Director of Austin choir Conspirare and former Director of San Francisco’s own Chanticleer, features lyrics taken from Shepard’s writing well as dark passages about the group that picketed his funeral. “The piece actually became a whole lot more than just the story of the suffering,” Johnson said. “It needed to become this larger invitation to return to love. And to return to remember who we are as human beings, in the deepest sense of our essence." Watch an early performance of Considering Matthew Shepard here and an example of Chorale's fantastic singing here.

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