Katzen Arts Center
- 1:30-2:00 p.m. Registration
- 2:00-3:00 p.m. Plenary 1: Arts for Healing (Recital Hall)
- 3:00-3:15 p.m. Break and Reflective Conversation
- 3:15-4:00 p.m. Workshops 1
- 4:00-4:15 p.m. Break and Reflective Conversation
- 4:15-5:00 p.m. Workshops 2
- 5:00-5:15 p.m. Break and Reflective Conversation
- 5:15-6:15 p.m. Plenary 2 (Recital Hall)
- 6:15-7:15 p.m. Reception with light dinner and a day’s reflections (Rotunda)
- 7:30-9:15 p.m. Concert by AU Chamber Singers: Considering Matthew Shepard*
*AU Chamber Singers: Considering Matthew Shepard
Friday, November 1 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, November 2 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, November 3 at 3:00 pm
Daniel Abraham, conductor
Seth Andrew Watring, visual realization
Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center
Talk-back panels to follow each performance
Join us for the first complete hearing in the mid-Atlantic of this powerful work: an oratorio concerning the life and tragic death of Matthew Shepard, the openly gay University of Wyoming student who was murdered out of hate. The tragedy brought national and international attention to the need for LGBT state and federal hate-crime legislation. In October of 2018, twenty years after his death, Matthew was interred at the Washington National Cathedral.
The life and death of Matthew Shepard inspired this 2016 oratorio by award-winning composer-conductor Craig Hella Johnson. Incorporating a breadth of musical styles, the texts are drawn from passages of Shepard’s college journal, newspaper reports, testimony by his mother at the trial of her son’s murderers, and rich poetry by Rumi and others.
Owing to the nature of the subject matter, this performance may not be suitable for young audience members.