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Considering Matthew Shepard

  • October 9, 2021 - October 10, 2021
  • Recurring daily
  • Buskirk-Chumley Theater
  • 114 E. Kirkwood Avenue, Bloomington, IN 47408
  • (812) 323-3020
  • Sat. 7:30pm, Sun. 3pm
  • $20-$25

On October 9 and 10, Bloomington Chamber Singers will perform Considering Matthew Shepard, Craig Hella Johnson's powerful reflection on the events surrounding the 1998 beating and death of Matthew Shepard, a gay college student in Wyoming. This "fusion oratorio" speaks with a fresh and bold voice, incorporating a variety of musical styles ranging from gospel to chant and punctuated with powerful solos, seamlessly woven into a unified whole. Gerald Sousa conducts the Bloomington Chamber Singers and soloists in this long-awaited production.

Amid deep divisions in our country and a fear of "otherness," Considering Matthew Shepard helps listeners and musicians alike reflect on the proliferation of violence but also the healing power of acceptance, justice, and love. Listeners of diverse backgrounds, faiths, and musical tastes describe this work as "brilliant," "powerful," "innovative," "dazzling," and "gripping."

More information on the piece, the Bloomington Chamber Singers, and outreach related to the concert is at www.chambersingers.info.

Doors open 30 minutes before each event for this general admission show. The estimated length of the program is 1 hour and 45 minutes. Wearing a mask is strongly encouraged and greatly appreciated.

Considering Matthew Shepard