This past week I attended a performance of a most moving and profound work called “Considering Matthew Shepard.” As most of you know, Matthew was a gay college student living in Wyoming. In 1998, in a brutal hate crime that captivated the nation, Matthew was murdered, and left hanging, like a scare crow, on a fence outside Laramie.
The librettist uses the word “passion” for the work, as there is a strong connection to choral works based on the passion of Christ. The fence becomes a character in itself. As Matthew is near death on the fence, his arms are extended, like on a cross.