"Considering Matthew Shepard"

City Recital Hall

Thursday 20th February 2020

The Sisters were absolutely delighted to be invited to attend the performance of "Considering Matthew Shepard", a Mardi Gras Festival Premier Event, held at the City Recital Hall. The performance was at times sad and confronting, often evoking emotional memories of one's own endured passed discrimination.

“In 1998 Matthew Shepard, a first-year college student in Wyoming, was kidnapped, beaten and left to die. This brutal anti-gay hate crime inspired anguish and outrage. Nearly 20 years later it inspired composer Craig Hella Johnson to contemplate suffering, death and the flame of love and led him on a challenging creative journey. “In composing Considering Matthew Shepard,” he says, “I wanted to create, within a musical framework, a space for reflection, consideration and unity around his life and legacy.”

The result is a fusion-oratorio, stylistically eclectic music that moves between Lutheran hymnody, chant, blues, cowboy songs and Broadway as it captures the fullness of Matthew’s life and the legacy of his death. In the background are the Passion settings of JS Bach – offering musical comfort as their listeners reflect on a story of intense suffering. And Considering Matthew Shepard begins with Bach: the serene sounds of the first prelude from the Well-Tempered Clavier (the music that underpins Gounod’s Ave Maria)”.

Considering Matthew Shepard was performed by Sydney Philharmonia Choirs' VOX choir – some of its members the same age as Matthew himself when he died – in a semi-staged presentation that reverberated with hope and serenity.”

The Sisters would like to acknowledge and show appreciation to the City Recital Hall and Sydney Philharmonia Choirs & photograper Keith Saunders for their permission to use photos and relevant text & photograper Keith Saunders.


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Sisters Present: Sister Catheter and Brother Hug-a-lot along with some their Gathered Faithful!
Photos courtesy of Brother Hug-a-lot, the City Recital Hall & Sydney Philharmonia Choirs
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