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Our Journey with Matthew Shepard

  • City Council Chambers 625 North San Vicente Boulevard West Hollywood, CA, 90069 United States (map)

Like so many people, composer Craig Hella Johnson was deeply moved and affected by the death of a young gay Wyoming man in 1998, Matthew Shepard. The events surrounding his death 20 years ago created an enormous worldwide outpouring of grief and sense of injustice that continues to reverberate today. 

Grammy Award-winning Craig Hella Johnson and Conspirare choir members will share the story behind creating the work that became the Grammy-nominated master work “Considering Matthew Shepard” in this intimate evening of song and conversation. 

Presented in partnership with the Ford Theatres and Chris Isaacson Presents. The keyboard for the event is donated by Studio Instrumental Rentals (SIR) Entertainment Services.

Hosted by local favorites, duo Sam Pancake & Roz Drezfalez

Our June 13 preview event is free & open to attend. RSVP requested:

In addition to our June 13 presentation, masterwork “Considering Matthew Shepard” will be performed in full Friday and Saturday, June 15 and 16 at 8:30pm at the Ford Theatres - you may purchase tickets with a 20% discount using the code 1CTY1PRD at