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Considering Matthew Shepard Conspirare, a Company of Voices

February 27 @ 7:30 PM

$50Buy-Tickets-Button2 Orchestra/Parterre, $45 Mezzanine $40 Balcony
$50 Tier 1 Box Seat, $45 Tier 2 Box Seat


20% UM Faculty/Staff/Retiree Discount is available at the UM Box Office.
UM Student Tickets are $10 for all seat. Student tickets are available at the UM Box Office. UM student ID is required.

Concert Program

Approaching the eve of the 20th anniversary of Matthew Sheppard’s death, Craig Hella Johnson has created the concert-length work Considering Matthew Shepard. This three-part fusion oratorio speaks with a fresh and bold voice, incorporating a variety of musical styles seamlessly woven into a unified whole. Johnson sets a wide range of poetic and soulful texts by poets including Hildegard of Bingen, Lesléa Newman, Michael Dennis Browne and Rumi. Passages from Shepard’s personal journal, interviews and writings from his parents, Judy and Dennis Shepard, newspaper reports and additional texts by Johnson and Browne are poignantly appointed throughout the work.

In October 1998, Matthew Shepard, a young, gay student at the University of Wyoming in Laramie was kidnapped, severely beaten, tied to a fence and left to die in a lonely field under a blanket of stars. Five days later, when Shepard passed away, the world was watching.

Led from the piano by Johnson, Considering Matthew Shepard showcases the award-winning artistry of Conspirare’s singers with a chamber ensemble of renowned instrumentalists. They are joined by the UM Choirs for the final number.

A Genre-Bending Recording Remembering Matthew Shepard Is Up For A Grammy – Story by Andrea Shea, WBUR Boston



February 27
7:30 PM