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FULL Considering Matthew Shepard (Craig Hella Johnson) Boston 2022 New England Conservatory

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  • Published by: New England Conservatory  
  • Date Published: 2022  
  • Format: Streaming
  • Quality Video: 4 Audio:4
  • Subtitles: nosubs  
  • Video Recording from: YouTube     FULL VIDEO

“On Tuesday, October 6, 1998, at approximately 11:45 p.m., twenty-one-year-old Matthew Shepard, a gay college student attending the University of Wyoming, was kidnapped from a bar by twenty-one-year old Aaron McKinney and twenty-one-year-old Russell Henderson. Pretending to be gay, the two men lured Matthew Shepard into their truck, drove him to the outskirts of Laramie, robbed him, beat him with a pistol, tied him to a buck-rail fence, and left him to die. The next day, at about 6:00 p.m.—eighteen hours after the attack—he was discovered and taken to a hospital. He never regained consciousness and died five days later, on Monday, October 12, with his family by his side.” –Lesléa Newman

More now than ever musicians wrestle with the message(s) they wish to convey through their artistry. “Can I, should I, use my performance as a platform for change?” That is a question every artist struggles with, in different ways. Some quickly say “Of course I should!” but then wonder, “how?!” Others live in fear of censorship and reprisal if they try. A fusion oratorio, “Considering Matthew Shepard” is a recent work in the choral canon focused on facets of social justice, calling its performers, and listeners, to not only mourn the loss of a young man’s life taken too soon, but to reflect on the numerous ways love, hate, and compassion live side-by-side.


Cattle, Horses, Sky and Grass
Cowboy: Edward Ferran

Ordinary Boy
Narrator: Cassandra Pinataro
Judy: Anna Poltronieri Tang
Matt: Nicholas Ottersberg
Matt: Jack Keller

We Tell Each Other Stories / I am Open
Narrator: Ashley Chen


Madeleine Wiegers

The Fence (before)
Fence: Nicholas Ottersberg

Molly Flynn

The Fence (that night)
Fence: Jádon Brooks

Molly Knight

A Protestor

Keep It Away From Me
Bystander: Anneke Stern
Trio: Cassandra Pinataro, Madeleine Wiegers, Corinne Luebke-Brown

David Helder

Fire of the Ancient Heart
Cantor: Jádon Brooks

Kathryn Fernholz

Stray Birds

We Are All Sons

I Am Like You
Quartet: Madeleine Wiegers, Anna Poltronieri Tang,
Lucas Hernandez, Nicholas Ottersberg

The Innocence
A human: Colin Miller

Weza Jamison-Neto

The Fence (one week later)
Fence: Lauren Guthridge

Weza Jamison-Neto

Michael Meraw

Colin Miller

In Need of Breath
Matt: Edward Ferran

Molly Knight

Deer Song
Deer: Molly Flynn
Matt: Nicholas Ottersberg
Wyoming Winds: Chloe Thum, Ashley Chen, Yoomin Kang

Molly Flynn

in order of appearance:
Yoomin Kang, Stellan Bettany, David Helder, Killian Grider
Lucas Hernandez, Molly Flynn, Chloe Thum, Anneke Stern
Corinne Luebke-Brown, Lauren Guthridge


Meet Me Here
Narrator/Observer: Corinne Luebke-Brown

All of Us
Trio: Chloe Thum, Corinne Luebke-Brown, Lauren Guthridge

Cattle, Horses, Sky and Grass (reprise)
Cowboy: Edward Ferran

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