TO ALL OUR PATRONS AND FRIENDS.
PLEASE STAY HEALTHY AND WELL DURING THIS DIFFICULT TIME.
RESCHEDULED FOR APRIL 2021
This inspiring oratorio will be under the direction of William Thomas, and will showcase the artistry of the Tidewater Singers augmented with several new voices and a chamber orchestra.
The Washington Post wrote “’Considering Matthew Shepard’ demonstrates music’s capacity to encompass, transform and transcend tragedy. Powerfully cathartic, it leads us from horror and grief to a higher understanding of the human condition, enabling us to endure.”
Matthew Shepard’s story must never be forgotten.
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. Five days later, when Matt passed away, the world was watching. Approaching the 20th anniversary, Craig Hella Johnson responded with his first concert-length work, “Considering Matthew Shepard.”
Johnson 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.
"Matt Shepard and his story have led me on an inspiring, challenging and deeply meaningful journey that I continue to this day. In composing “Considering Matthew Shepard” I wanted to create, within a musical framework, a space for reflection, consideration and unity around his life and legacy."
– Craig Hella Johnson, composer
"This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before."
― Leonard Bernstein
The Tidewater Singers rehearse every Monday at
7:00 pm at Church of the Brethren in Easton, MD.
Membership is by audition. Come and join us!
If you would like to set up an audition or be added to our mailing list, please use the "Contact Us" form or one of the contact methods below.
P.O. Box 164
Easton, MD 21601
412 S Harrison St, Easton, Maryland 21601, United States