Considering Matthew Shepard at Alexander Kasser Theater in Montclair

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    Date(s) - 12/08/2019
    7:00 pm - 3:00 am

    Alexander Kasser Theater

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    Considering Matthew Shepard at Alexander Kasser Theater in Montclair

    Crawford Concert Brings ‘Considering Matthew Shepard’ to Montclair State to erase hate.

    All-inclusive, free University concert is an artistic and human achievement, reaching out to LGBTQ+ community

    “Singing is our hope. Joining voices, joining cultures, through our shared song, is the last thing we have in this world to fight this awful hatred that is spreading through our world and dividing people in devastatingly powerful ways.” – Brielle Burns, student, Montclair State University 

    On December 7 and 8, the John J. Cali School of Music at Montclair State University will present for its annual Crawford Concert Considering Matthew Shepard, by composer Craig Hella Johnson, as a celebration of one man’s life and a demonstration of the healing and unifying power of art.

    When Matthew Shepard, a gay man, was brutally beaten and left for dead tied to a fence in Wyoming in 1998, the ugliness and hatred that caused his death was cause for despair for many. In the years since, however, Shepard’s legacy has been one of hope, inspiring a foundation, a federal hate crimes prevention act, and many works of art – including the oratorio Considering Matthew Shepard, which will see its New York City regional and New Jersey debut December 7 and 8 in Montclair, New Jersey.

    The Crawford Concert performance of Considering Matthew Shepard includes the 175-voice Montclair State University Chorale, 75-voice University Singers, a chamber ensemble of professional players and award-winning accompanist/pianist Steven W. Ryan, all under the direction of Conductor Heather J. Buchanan. The performance will also include introductory video, projected visuals, and supertitles that will incorporate the expertise of faculty, staff, and students from throughout the University community.

    The Crawford Concert is a free annual event presented at Montclair State University in memory of Beatrice Crawford and supported by a generous grant from the Keating Crawford Foundation.

    Open Dress Rehearsal, Saturday, December 7 at 2 p.m. at the Kasser Theater, Montclair State University. Post-Performance TalkBack moderated by Cathy Renna.

    Crawford Concert, Sunday, December 8 at 3 p.m. at the Kasser Theater. Post-Performance TalkBack moderated by Cathy Renna.

    Tickets are FREE and required for both Open Dress Rehearsal and Concert.

    Reserve performance tickets here