Considering Matthew Shepard

<i>Considering Matthew Shepard</i>

James Goulden


Past Event
$25 & up

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John Anson Ford Amphitheatre
2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East
Hollywood, CA  90068
Even by the conservative standards of the frequently lawless modern Wild West, the 1998 murder of young gay student Matthew Shepard by bigoted thugs outside Laramie, Wyoming, was shocking. Shepard was beaten, tortured and left to die in the bitter cold after being tied to a fence by his assailants, who, in common fashion, later attempted in court to blame the victim's homosexuality for his own murder. This weekend, the 30-person choir Conspirare and a small ensemble revisit the scene of the crime via Craig Hella Johnson's Considering Matthew Shepard. Johnson combines words from Shepard's journals with writing by Rumi, Hildegard of Bingen and other poets in a choral work that draws from a variety of traditional country, spiritual and jazz music.
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