Matthew Shepard

Choir shares the life of Matthew Shepard through music

A few students from Clarkston High School Choir paused for a moment as they listened to the sounds coming from their classroom last Thursday morning for their upcoming final performance. It was the first time all the pieces for their final concert were brought together, which includes choir, madrigals and...
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Hingham chorale to perform 'beautiful' music about 'horrifying' Matthew Shepard murder

HINGHAM – It certainly wasn't what members of the Unicorn Singers and Broad Cove Chorale had been expecting for their annual spring concert. This year, the group's founder and director, Margo Euler, chose a dark subject: one of America’s most notorious anti-gay hate crimes. The murder of college student Matthew Shepard, a 21-year-old gay man, in 1998 will serve as the inspiration for a performance of an "extraordinarily beautiful" piece this weekend.
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BPR announces 2021-2022 Asheville Symphony Orchestra broadcasts and Considering Matthew Shepard spec

BPR is pleased to share the schedule for upcoming broadcasts of the Asheville Symphony Orchestra 2021-2022 season. Hosted by BPR arts producer Matt Peiken, the series includes six performances and interviews with conductor Darko Butorac. The debut broadcast is Masterworks 1: Uncaged and airs Tuesday, February 8th at 7 pm and Thursday February 10th at 9 am. A full schedule is below.

Scholarship in memory of Matthew Shepard created

A scholarship in the memory of Casper, Wyoming, resident Matthew Shepard has been created to support diversity and inclusion. The Matthew Shepard Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship was named in memory of Shepard, a gay University of Wyoming college student murdered in 1998 in a hate crime. The scholarship will be awarded to a second-semester student who identifies as part of the LGBTQ+ population or an ally dedicated to diversity and inclusion work in the Casper community, noted doner Gene Monterastelli.

Remember Matthew Shepard at Washington National Cathedral Today

Wednesday, December 1, would have been Matthew Shepard’s 45th birthday. Shepard was laid to rest in Washington in 2018, 20 years after his brutal murder near Laramie, Wyoming. The reason he went so long without a resting place? His family feared his grave would be desecrated. Shepard’s remains lie in...

West Orange HS thespians deliver powerful telling of Matthew Shepard story

WEST ORANGE, NJ — West Orange High School’s emotional rendering of “The Laramie Project” will be held on Nov. 12 and 13 at 7 p.m. in the high school’s auditorium, 51 Conforti Ave. The play is based on Moises Kaufman and the Tectonic Theater Project’s 18 months of journal entries and interviews with more than 200 residents of Laramie, Wyo., as they grappled with the aftermath of Matthew Shepard’s murder at the hands of Aaron McKinney and Russell Henderson on Oct. 6, 1998. The three left the Fireside Bar together and, according to McKinney, he and Henderson lured Shepard out with the promise of sex but instead planned to rob him and perhaps look for drugs.

“The Laramie Project” focuses on murder of gay college student Matthew Shepard

Experience the captivating play, “The Laramie Project,” presented by Southwestern Illinois College Division of Arts and Sciences, as it reveals the reaction to the 1998 murder of gay college student Matthew Shepard in Laramie, Wyoming. Co-directed by SWIC Communication Arts Professors Emily Kelly-Padden and Julie Willis, the 2000 play by...

Trump’s lies and cruelty echo the terrible death of Matthew Shepard

A year ago, when I examined the lessons of hatred and political violence in the US, I made note of the ugly role dehumanization and hate played in the alt-right’s support of Donald Trump. I was inspired, in part, by thinking about what Matthew Shepard would have experienced had he lived to see the full-force of Trumpism. But I was also unable to ignore the violent plots which received Trump’s full blessings.

‘Joy Ride’, Gay Panic and the Real-Life Case of Matthew Shepard [Horror Queers Podcast]

September was all over the map, with episodes on influential slow burn It Follows, A Nightmare on Elm Street‘s wacky “final” entry Freddy’s Dead, David Lynch’s surreal LA satire Mulholland Drive, and classic lesbian vampire film Dracula’s Daughter. Now that we’re into October, it’s time to bring out some big titles, starting with director John Dahl‘s under appreciated 2001 highway horror flick, Joy Ride.

Trinity Church Wall Street Announces 2021-22 Season, with Tribute to Josquin, St. Matthew Passion, Craig Hella Johnson’s Considering Matthew Shepard, Britten’s War Requiem, and More

As music and art have continued to be a source of solace and light throughout this difficult time, Trinity Church Wall Street envisions 2021-22 as a pandemic transition concert season: a combination of live and virtual performance that maximizes the safety of all involved while carefully reinstituting—for limited in-person audiences—the live spiritual renewal, cultural enrichment and “indispensable and unmissable” music (New York Times) for which the institution is celebrated.

REVIEW: ‘The Laramie Project’ Documents Gay Bashing of Matthew Shepard

Seeing a situation from different perspectives is one of the things we humans do either well or poorly. When we do it well, we gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of diversity. When we do it poorly, we often refuse to understand and certainly don’t appreciate the lives and deaths of other people.