The LSU A Cappella Choir and faculty orchestra will perform Grammy Award-winning conductor and composer Crag Hella Johnson's "Considering Matthew Shepard" at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 3 in the LSU Union Theater, Raphael Semmes Drive.
The musical work examines the 1998 hate crime, which resulted in the murder of University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard because of his sexual preference.
Embracing a variety of musical styles from jazz to classical, the composition's intent is to explore the important questions about diversity, marginalization and societal responses to acts of violence, hate or intolerance.
This commentary on social justice will be performed before an international audience of choral conductors and singers for the National Collegiate Choral Organizations conference that will meet in Baton Rouge Nov. 2-4.
The concert will be preceded by a forum from 5:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. in the Atchafalaya Room on the third Floor of the Student Union, which will offer an environment in which to talk about positive ways to address hatred and prejudice in society.
The forum will involve clergy, civic leaders and collegiate educators, along with Jason Marsden, executive director of the national Matthew Shepard Foundation, and Shepard's mother, Judy Shepard. State, local and university officials have been invited to participate.
Tickets are $17. Call (225) 578-3527 or visit lsu.edu/cmda.