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Winston-Salem Symphony, Winston-Salem Symphony Chorus: Considering Matthew Shepard

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( Sun., Oct. 29, 2023 )

Brendle Recital Hall, 1834 Wake Forest Drive, Winston-Salem, NC 27109


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. Craig Hella Johnson has responded with his first concert-length work, Considering Matthew Shepard.

This three-part fusion oratorio speaks with a fresh and bold voice, incorporating a variety of musical styles seamlessly woven into a unified whole, setting texts by poets including Hildegard of Bingen, Lesléa Newman, Michael Dennis Browne, and Rumi alongside passages from Matthew’s personal journal, interviews with his parents, and newspaper reports.


Believing that music has the power to inspire, the Winston-Salem Symphony will fulfill its mission: To Bring Music to Life by enriching the community with live music. The Symphony brings performances, educational programs, and community engagement initiatives to where people live and desires for audiences to experience music in a way that is relevant and meaningful to their own lives. Through music, the Winston-Salem Symphony aspires to create shared experiences and connections that improve the quality of life in Winston-Salem and throughout the region.



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  • Sunday, October 29, 2023 at 3:00 PM