A multi-event project using music, performance, art, and spoken word to bring focus to prejudice and tolerance while engaging our campus and community in conversations on how to erase hate in the world while exploring the legacy of Matthew Shepard 25 years after his tragic death.

Theatre performance of "The Laramie Project"

8 p.m. Thursday, April 25-Saturday, April 27 | Frances Frazier Comstock Theatre

Written by Moises Kaufman, Leigh Fondakowsi, Greg Pierotti, Andy Paris, and Steven Belber. Directed by Advanced Directing Students. The story of Matthew Shepard, his murder, and the town left to grapple with the depths to which humanity can sink and the heights of compassion that are capable.
Mainstage Tickets: ConcordiaCollege.edu/Theatre

"Sanctified" Sculpture Installation

To accompany the events commemorating the 25th anniversary of the death of Matthew Shepard, art history major Hannah Sleath '25 has created a sculpture installation that will be displayed outside the Frances Frazier Comstock Theatre the weekend of April 25-28. The work, titled "Sanctified," seeks to memorialize Shepard and other victims of ideological hatred. Unwillingly, many victims including Shepard were considered martyrs by society and now, 25 years after his death, the tragic repetition of injustice continues.

YourClassical Minnesota Public Radio presents "Bring The Sing"

2 p.m. Saturday, April 27 | Centrum, Knutson Campus Center
Free and open to the public

Featuring music from the “Justice Choir Songbook,” conducted by Dr. Joseph K. Kemper, assistant professor of choral music, and Joseph Osowski, director of choirs, St. Michael-Albertville High School. 

"Considering Matthew Shepard" Oratorio

2 p.m. Sunday, April 28 | Memorial Auditorium

Performed by The Concordia Choir, Chapel Choir, Kantorei, and a faculty ensemble. Featuring guest soloist Marin Wilts '21. Conducted by Dr. Michael Culloton, director of choral activities and The Concordia Choir, and the Paul J. and Eleanor Christiansen Chair in Choral Music.

Tickets: ConcordiaTickets.com

Special thanks to Rick and Linda Glasgow's eLJay Foundation for their meaningful support of "Considering Matthew Shepard."

Concordia College is grateful that the appearances of guest artists Marin Wilts '21 and Joe Osowski are sponsored by Herbert '61 and Virginia '63 Morganthaler.

Artwork designed by Concordia student Eric Ault '25