Master Chorale of South Florida to Perform 'Considering Matthew Shepard’ May 31 & June 1

Photo courtesy of matthewshepard.org. Photo by Gina van Hoof.

The Master Chorale of South Florida will perform Craig Hella Johnson's “Considering Matthew Shepard” on May 31 and June 1, at Sunshine Cathedral.

At the heart of this year's concert for a Cause lies “Considering Matthew Shepard,” a poignant three-part oratorio honoring the life and legacy of Matthew Shepard, a gay college student whose tragic murder 25 years ago ignited a global outcry against hate crimes.

Drawing inspiration from Shepard's own words, interviews with his parents (his mother Judy Shepard has dedicated her life to helping erase such hate crimes, was recently awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Biden), and reflections from media coverage and poetry, Considering Matthew Shepard offers a multifaceted exploration of compassion, resilience, and the human spirit. 

The oratorio invites audiences to reflect on the profound impact of hate and the transformative power of empathy. In addition to its musical richness, Considering Matthew Shepard features texts by renowned poets such as Rumi and Hildegard of Bingen, as well as quotes from Johann Sebastian Bach, adding depth and resonance to the narrative. The inclusion of diverse voices and perspectives underscores the Master Chorale's commitment to presenting works that address significant social, emotional, and political themes. 

A portion of ticket proceeds will directly support SunServe's youth programs, underscoring the Master Chorale's steadfast commitment to social justice and community empowerment. Tickets for "Considering Matthew Shepard" are available now and can be purchased at masterchoraleofsouthflorida.org

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