Stonewall offers Considering Matthew Shepard
Posted 3/20/2023

Considering Matthew ShepardOn Saturday, March 25 at 7:30 PM, The Stonewall Chorale, the nation’s first gay and lesbian choir, will present Craig Hella Johnson’s cantata Considering Matthew Shepard at Holy Apostles Church (28th Street and 9th Avenue) in Chelsea. Considering Matthew Shepard tells the story of Matthew Shepard, a young gay college student from Laramie, Wyoming, who was beaten, tortured and left to die tied to a fence in 1998.

Composer Craig Hella Johnson “wanted to create, within a musical framework, a space for reflection, consideration and unity around [Matthew’s] life and legacy.” The passion-style oratorio incorporates excerpts from Matthew Shepard’s diary, interviews with his family and friends, and news articles. More...

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