Running Time: Just under 2 hours
About The Show: Perhaps one of the most important major works of our time. The Chicago Tribune wrote: “Moving among styles ranging from Lutheran hymnody to blues to Broadway, this modern-day Passion will move many listeners to tears even as it reaches beyond tragedy to peace, understanding and forgiveness.” For the advanced choir looking to make an impact on students and community this is worth every bit of effort it requires.
Led from the piano, Considering Matthew Shepard showcases the artistry of singers with an ensemble of instrumentalists. This three-part fusion oratorio speaks with a fresh and bold voice, incorporating a variety of musical styles seamlessly woven into a unified whole. The book sets a wide range of poetic and soulful texts by poets including Hildegard of Bingen, Lesléa Newman, Michael Dennis Browne, and Rumi. 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.
Kit Includes: SATB Libretto Books (10), Full Accompaniment Score
Instrumental Parts available
*Digital versions of much of the score and instrumental parts are available - contact your licensing rep for details and cost.
– Craig Hella Johnson, composer
Considering Matthew Shepard
- Product Code: 888680705947