Charlotte Master Chorale presents Considering Matthew Shepard
Covenant is one of two churches to serve as a host venue for the first performance of this compelling work in the Carolinas. The Charlotte Master Chorale Chamber Singers, under the direction of our choral conductor, Kenney Potter, is a smaller ensemble of voices selected through a competitive audition.
The three-part "fusion oratorio" incorporates a variety of musical styles with poetry as well as passages from Matt’s personal journal, interviews with his parents, and newspaper reports.
Audiences describe the work as “brilliant,” “powerful,” “innovative,” “dazzling,” and “gripping.
”I wanted to create, within a musical framework, a space for reflection, consideration, and unity around his life and legacy,” says composer Craig Hella Johnson.
Saturday, Sept. 21 at 7:30 p.m. | First United Methodist Church
Sunday, Sept. 22 at 4 p.m. | Covenant Presbyterian Church
About Matthew Shepard
On October 7, 1998, Shepard – a gay student at the University of Wyoming – was beaten by two men, tied to a fence and deserted. It took nearly 18 hours until he was rescued and taken to a hospital. Five days later, he died. Shepard was 21.
Two days after Shepard died, President Bill Clinton addressed a Washington D.C. vigil attended by thousands, saying, “In our shock and grief one thing must remain clear: Hate and prejudice are not American values.” Eleven years later, President Barack Obama signed “The Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act” into law.