Matt Alber Live Performance Benefit

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Matthew Shepard Foundation says
The Matthew Shepard Foundation presents Matt Alber Live at M Uptown. Matt will perform a set of original works and pop favorites with proceeds benefitting the Matthew Shepard Foundation.

In October 1998, as news spread across the country and the world of the terrible hate crime committed in Laramie, Wyoming against Matthew Shepard, it reached a young gay countertenor working on a musical performance with conductor Craig Hella Johnson.

The singer was Matt Alber, who was devastated at the hatred and sadness of the crime, especially against a fellow young gay man from the Midwest with the same first name. He hugged Johnson tearfully, feeling permanently marked by the tragedy.

Eighteen years later, Alber, now a former member of Chanticleers and accomplished singer-songwriter in his own right, has played a key part in a new choral work, "Considering Matthew Shepard," composed by his longtime friend Johnson. Alber sang Matthew Shepard's own words from his journal in the piece's world premiere this winter and on the newly released CD.
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By: Matthew Shepard Foundation

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