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Proof of Vaccination or Negative Test Required for Entry

Patrons will be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test upon arrival. A physical vaccination card or a photo of a vaccination card, along with a valid photo ID, will be accepted for entry. Alternatively, proof of a negative PCR test within 72 hours of the performance date or antigen test within six hours of performance may be shown upon arrival.

Children currently going through the vaccination process will be permitted with one vaccine dose administered at least 14 days prior to the performance.

Face Coverings

The CCA singers are vaccinated, and all performers will be masked with some exceptions, e.g., soloists.

We expect, consistent with local and venue rules, that audience members will wear masks at all times when inside the building, including during the concert performance.

CONSIDERING MATTHEW SHEPARD

Craig Hella Johnson

April 29 @ 7:30pm

HARMONY COMMUNITY CHURCH

1908 S Millard Ave, Chicago

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April 30 @ 7:30pm

May 1 @ 4:00pm

GRACE LUTHERAN CHURCH

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