West Hollywood, CA (Hollywood Times) 5/29/19 – On June 1st and 2nd, Fiesta Hall in Plummer Park will be filled with the enthralling music of Craig Hella Johnson’s Considering Matthew Shepard performed by the Metropolitan Master Chorale. Saturday’s performance will be held at 7 p.m. and Sunday’s performance (June 2), will be held at 2 p.m.
In October of 1998, Matthew Shepard, a young gay student at the University of Wyoming in Laramie, was kidnapped, severely beaten, tied to a fence and left to die in a lonely field under a blanket of stars. Five days later, when Matt passed away, the world was watching. And it continues to watch and search for answers.
“Matthew Shepard’s story must never be forgotten,” says Madeleine M. Rackley, Metropolitan Master Chorale Board President. He was “an ordinary boy living ordinary days with extraordinary kindness.” While the story could be viewed through the lens of hatred, misunderstanding and divisiveness, this oratorio shimmers with the spirit of inclusiveness as it explores the light and darkness, loss and grace we hold in common.
Considering Matthew Shepard debuted at Number 4 on Billboard’s Traditional Classical Chart after Harmonia Mundi released the 2-CD set recording in mid-September 2016. Album page audiences describe this work as “brilliant,” “powerful,” “innovative,” “dazzling,” and “gripping.”
The Metropolitan Master Chorale, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary, was founded to present choral music in a variety of styles and genres. Focused on “Six Centuries of Music,” the Chorale celebrates the diversity of choral music, promotes artistic excellence and creativity, and brings communities together through the joy of singing.
This concert is presented with the support of the City of West Hollywood’s Arts Division and is part of the City’s One City One Pride LGBTQ Arts Festival (May 22 – June 30). The Metropolitan Master Chorale also is supported by the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.
This full production concert is designed for attendees to be visually immersed in imagery, as well as in the power of the music. Metropolitan Master Chorale considers this the most complex and unusual stage production they have ever presented. Kyla Wilkenfeld, founder of Heartsong, will be providing ASL interpretation. There will be a section reserved for patrons who are deaf and hard of hearing. If you are deaf or hard of hearing and purchase tickets online, indicate in the message/notes box that you would like the reserved ASL seating.
For more information about the concert and tickets, visit www.metrosings.org.