Choral Union
MU Choral Union and University Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra: Considering Matthew Shepard
Thursday, November 16, 2023

7 PM


This three-part fusion oratorio speaks with a fresh and bold voice, incorporating a variety of musical styles seamlessly woven into a unified whole. Johnson sets a wide range of poetic and soulful texts. Passages from Matt’s personal journal, interviews and writings from his parents, Judy and Dennis Shepard, newspaper reports, and additional texts by Johnson and Browne are poignantly appointed throughout the work.