Considering Matthew Shepard

Saturday, March 28, 2020 | 2:30 PM (preview) & 7:30 PM
Sunday, March 29, 2020 | 2:30 PM & 7:30 PM

Craig Hella Johnson Considering Matthew Shepard

ChoralArt Singers, Camerata, & Masterworks
University of Southern Maine Chorale

Director’s Notes, Robert Russell: I had an opportunity to hear Considering Matthew Shepard while attending a recent national convention of the National Collegiate Choral Organization. I attended out of curiosity, not certain what I would hear: posturing, preaching, complaint, chaos… What I heard moved me: the story of a young man in the wrong place at the wrong time who met the wrong people. Described as a fusion oratorio – elements of musical theater, choral a cappella, gospel, country & western, and opera, accompanied by string quartet, piano, clarinet, guitars (acoustic and electric) and percussion – Considering Matthew Shepard tells the tragic story in simple, often understated terms, with narration and commentary from chorus and soloists. It was a wrenching experience that profoundly affected me – ultimately the story of “life over death, love over hate, light over darkness.” This composition has all the hallmarks of a classic: a musical experience of immediate interest whose resonance will permeate the musical world for many years to come. I want to share that experience with audiences in Southern Maine.

Pre-concert talk 30 minutes before each regular performance.

Considering Matthew Shepard will be presented without intermission. Running time is 90 minutes.


Supported in part by




Supported in part by an Alfred Nash Patterson Grant from Choral Arts New England.


Woodfords Congregational Church - 202 Woodford St, Portland, ME 04103
Additional Ticket Information

Adult Tickets

In Advance*: Premium $35 / Premium (Partial Obstruction) and Regular $25 / Value $15

At Door, if available: Premium $40 / Premium (Partial Obstruction) and Regular $30 / Value $20

Student Tickets

In Advance*: Premium $25 / Premium (Partial Obstruction) and Regular $15 / Value $5

At Door, if available: Premium $30 / Premium (Partial Obstruction) and Regular $20 / Value $10

Kids 12 & Under: Free


Premium seating is the first 10 pews of the Sanctuary.

Premium (Partial Obstruction) are seats in the front right corner of the Sanctuary whose view is partially blocked by the conductor.

Regular seating are pews 11-21.

Value seating are the back 10 pews.

*Preview (Saturday, March 28, 2020 at 2:30 PM) ticket prices are General Seating for all ages at $5 in advance. $10 at door.

**A $2 fee per ticket is applied to online and phone ticket purchases at checkout – we do this as a nonprofit to offset our fees to the ticketing platform. Advance ticketing sales end 8 hours prior to performance, after that, tickets may be purchased for the “at door” rates, when available.