May 7

Considering Matthew Shepard - The Singers

Sat, May 7, 2022 • 7:00pm - 8:45pm (1h 45m) • Kracum Performance Hall

The Singers present Considering Matthew Shepard featuring the Carleton Choir.

“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

In October of 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 Matt passed away, the world was watching. 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 Matt’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. – Program note from

from Music Department

Event Contact: Alexi Carlson

Event Summary

Considering Matthew Shepard - The Singers
  • When
    • Saturday, May 7, 2022
    • 7:00pm - 8:45pm (1h 45m)
  • Where
    • Kracum Performance Hall
  • Mode
    • In-Person
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  • Intended For: General Public, Students, Faculty, Staff, Alums, Prospective Students, Families
  • Categories: Performing Arts

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