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‘Considering Matthew Shepard’

Event organizer: USM Music Box Office
Event Date & Time: March 28, 2020 7:30 pm
Lori Arsenault | BDN
Lori Arsenault | BDN

Saturday, March 28 at 2:30 p.m. (preview)

Saturday, March 28 at 7:30 p.m. and

Sunday, March 29 at 2:30

Sunday, March 29 at 7:30 p.m.

ChoralArt Singers, Camerata, & Masterworks, University of Southern Maine Chorale
with Faculty, Alumni and ChoralArt Chamber Ensemble

Woodfords Congregational Church – 202 Woodford St., Portland

From ChoralArt Music Director Robert Russell: “I had an opportunity to hear Considering Matthew Shepard while attending a recent national convention of the National Collegiate Choral Organization. I attended out of curiosity, not certain what I would hear: posturing, preaching, complaint, chaos… What I heard moved me: the story of a young man in the wrong place at the wrong time who met the wrong people. Described as a fusion oratorio – elements of musical theater, choral a cappella, gospel, country & western, and opera, accompanied by string quartet, piano, clarinet, guitars (acoustic and electric) and percussion – Considering Matthew Shepard tells the tragic story in simple, often understated terms, with narration and commentary from chorus and soloists. It was a wrenching experience that profoundly affected me – ultimately the story of “life over death, love over hate, light over darkness.” This composition has all the hallmarks of a classic: a musical experience of immediate interest whose resonance will permeate the musical world for many years to come. I want to share that experience with audiences in Southern Maine.”

Supported in part by an Alfred Nash Patterson Grant from Choral Arts New England

Tickets: https://www.choralart.org/Events/considering-matthew-shepard/