In June 2019, Coro Vocati was proud to perform Considering Matthew Shepard, a powerful and emotionally gripping musical journey about the life and legacy of Matthew Shepard. This special event honored the 20th anniversary of Shepard’s tragic death, an act that shocked the world and led to the creation of The Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act. Passed by Congress in 2009, the Act gives federal authorities the power to pursue charges in hate crimes targeting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals when local law enforcement officials cannot or will not do so.
Pairing chamber choir and rich orchestrations with compelling visuals, Considering Matthew Shepard is a brilliant tribute featuring jazz, country and classical solos; poetic texts; and passages from Shepard’s own personal journal. Originally developed for and performed by the renowned chamber ensemble, Conspirare, Considering Matthew Shepard has toured to select cities across the United States; however, Coro Vocati’s performance marks the work’s professional premiere in Georgia.
“Considering Matthew Shepard is a unique musical experience that is both heartbreaking and uplifting, and we are thrilled to be one of the first professional choirs apart from Conspirare to bring this piece to life for audiences,” said Coro Vocati Artistic Director John Dickson. “Twenty years after Matthew Shepard was tied to a fence, beaten and left to die simply for being gay, his story remains extremely relevant. Considering Matthew Shepard is a story about how hate can lead people to attack those viewed as ‘different,’ and it promotes a message of love and acceptance that society needs now more than ever.”
Coro Vocati’s production of Considering Matthew Shepard took place on Saturday, June 29, 2019 at the Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center, to a sold-out audience in Byers Theatre. Coro is grateful to all of its partners, sponsors, and supporters who made this incredible performance possible.
“Coro Vocati’s “Considering Matthew Shepard” makes powerful social statement”, by William Ford for earrelevant.net.