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The CCA singers and other performers may perform with or without face coverings, also at their option.

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Craig Hella Johnson

April 29 @ 7:30pm


1500 W. Belmont, Chicago

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April 30 @ 7:30pm

May 1 @ 4:00pm


7300 Division, River Forest

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. Approaching the eve of the 20th anniversary, Craig Hella Johnson has responded with his first concert-length work, Considering Matthew Shepard.

This three-part fusion oratorio speaks with a fresh and bold voice, incorporating a variety of musical styles seamlessly woven into a unified whole. 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

Pre-Concert Talk:

Dr. Marian Staats

One Night Only!

6:30 p.m., April 29th

St. Luke Lutheran Church

We are pleased to present a pre-concert talk by Marian Staats. Dr. Staats is a Professor of English and Co-Coordinator of Environmental Studies at Oakton Community College, where she teaches courses in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies and, through a National Endowment for the Humanities grant, developed curriculum in Environmental Humanities.

Professor Staats will discuss how in Considering Matthew Shepard, Craig Hella Johnson calls for us to confront violence, to reflect on our own collusion in abuse of the planet and other living beings, and consider how we might imagine more loving, less violent ways of living together.