Conspirare: Considering Matthew Shepard
Boston Symphony Hall
- Boston, MA
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"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
Celebrated Grammy® award-winning Conspirare comes to Boston to perform Craig Hella Johnson's new musical masterwork, Considering Matthew Shepard. Audiences describe this work as "brilliant," "powerful," "innovative," "dazzling," and "gripping." TheBay Area Reporterwrote "it has the richness, depth and complexity to compel repeated hearing, and the power to get you the first time out."
Led from the piano by Johnson, Considering Matthew Shepard showcases the award-winning artistry of Conspirare's singers and instrumental chamber ensemble. 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 texts by poets including Hildegard of Bingen, Lesléa Newman, Michael Dennis Browne, and Rumi. Poignant passages from Matt's personal journal, interviews and writings from his parents, Judy and Dennis Shepard; newspaper reports and additional text by Johnson and Browne are poignantly appointed throughout the work.
Considering Matthew Shepard debuted at #4 on Billboard's Traditional Classical Chart following a September 9, 2016 release on the Harmonia Mundi label.