Considering Matthew Shepard, a fully staged choral work

The UCSC Arts Division co-sponsors a major choral production presented by the Cabrillo College Music and Theater Arts Departments based on Matthew Shepard’s life, the hate crime of his death, and the national outpouring of compassion which followed. This work is performed under the direction of Cheryl Anderson, Music Director, and Joseph Ribeiro, Stage Director, featuring the Ensemble Monterey Chamber Orchestra.

This beautiful masterpiece by Craig Hella Johnson has been called the first important major musical work of the 21st century.  It is an emotionally powerful and uplifting work and speaks with a fresh and bold voice. It ultimately calls each of us to live with kindness, compassion, and love.  Experiencing this fully staged major choral work is a journey that transcends tragedy to lead us toward beauty and forgiveness. It will move and inspire you.

Matthew Shepard was a young gay man who was beaten, tied to a fence, and left to die in the Wyoming countryside 22 years ago. His death catalyzed a generation of poets, musicians, and playwrights to change our attitudes about being different and to embrace "the other.”

Tickets at the Cabrillo College box office.
Thursday 3/5 7:30 p.m
Friday 3/6 7:30 p.m.
Saturday 3/7 7:30 p.m
Sunday 3/8 2:30 p.m
Thursday 3/12 7:30 p.m
Friday 3/13 7:30 p.m
Saturday 3/14 7:30 p.m
Sunday 3/15 2:30 p.m.

Sunday, March 15, 2020 at 2:30pm

Crocker Theatre, Cabrillo College

Event Type

Concerts & Performances

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Alumni, Faculty & Staff, Students, Prospective Students, General Public, Graduate Students


Arts & Culture, Diversity & Inclusion




Arts Division


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