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Considering Matthew Shepard: A Chamber Music Performance

In 1998, a college student named Matthew Shepard was beaten, tied to a fence, and left to die in a Wyoming field because he was gay. His murder brought international attention to hate-crimes legislation and violence perpetrated against the LGBTQ community. Shepard’s life and legacy are remembered in Considering Matthew Shepard, the new passion/oratorio by Craig Hella Johnson, one of today’s most influential voices in choral conducting. This exquisite and moving chamber work, performed by the USC Thornton Chamber Singers, soloists, and instrumentalists, reminds us that we must embrace differences and disrupt violence. The performance will be followed by a discussion with the composer and representatives of the USC Office of Religious Life and the LGBTQ community.

Admission is free. Reservations required. RSVP beginning Thursday, March 8, at 9 a.m.

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Additional Links:
Matthew Shepard Foundation FacebookInstagramTwitterYouTube
Craig Hella Johnson Personal websiteWikipedia
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USC Thornton Chamber Singers Facebook

Presented by USC Visions and Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative. Organized by Jo-Michael Scheibe (Music) and the USC Thornton School of Music.

Photo: James Goulden