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Celebrated Grammy–winners Craig Hella Johnson and choral ensemble Conspirare will perform Johnson’s new musical masterwork, Considering Matthew Shepard.
Led from the piano by Johnson, Considering Matthew Shepard showcases the award-winning artistry of Conspirare’s singers paired with an instrumental chamber ensemble. 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 draws upon a wide range of texts by poets including Hildegard of Bingen, Lesléa Newman, Michael Dennis Browne, and Rumi.
Throughout the work, Johnson also incorporates poignant passages from Shepard's personal journal; interviews with and writings from his parents, Judy and Dennis Shepard; and newspaper reports.
Johnson, who has studied with Berklee Online, and Conspirare are nominated for a 2017 Grammy for the Considering Matthew Shepard album.
Attend the exclusive post-concert reception in Symphony Hall by purchasing VIP tickets to the concert ($100):