CONSIDERING MATTHEW SHEPARD
Presented by The Ford Theatre Foundation in association with Chris Isaacson Presents
IGNITE @ THE FORD!
In October of 1998, Matthew Shepard, a young gay student at the University of Wyoming in Laramie was kidnapped, severely beaten, tied to a fence and left to die in a lonely field under a blanket of stars. Five days later, when Matt passed away, the world was watching. Approaching the eve of the 20th anniversary, acclaimed GRAMMY®-winning conductor Craig Hella Johnson has created a musical response to Shepard’s tragic and untimely death that seeks to both celebrate his life and explore how we can use tragedy as a means to discover our common humanity. Led on the piano by Johnson, this choral drama features the full 30-member GRAMMY®-winning Conspirare choir, a small instrumental ensemble and projected imagery.
Taking place as part of the City of West Hollywood and WeHo Arts’ One City One Pride commemoration of this important anniversary.
Tickets: $55-25, Box Office (323) 461-3673 or online by clicking “BUY TICKETS!”
2580 Cahuenga Blvd, East
Hollywood, CA 90068
This event is part of IGNITE @ the FORD!, a series presented by the Ford Theatre Foundation comprised of world-renowned contemporary artists whose work is thought-provoking and reflects the world in which we live. Supported by Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl.
“Johnson conducts 29 voices of Conspirare with an eight-piece instrumental ensemble in a brilliant, heartfelt performance.” — Washington Post
“It’s impossible to be unmoved…. Johnson’s musical vocabulary, here and throughout, is comfortingly consonant, an impressive union of country, folk/pop, gospel, plainchant, hymn and blues with a touch of musical theater.” — Opera News
“‘Considering Matthew Shepard’ is a stunning work. It treats a deadly serious topic with surprising levity, and at the same time makes a shrewd connection to the heart of this darkness.” — Austin American-Statesman