Considering Matthew Shepard
Date: Saturday 22nd April
Venue: Main Stage, National Concert Hall
Tickets: €14 - Concessions €5
Cór na nÓg
Mary Amond O’Brien, music director
Jennifer McMahon, Ferdia O’Cairbre, music assistants
Carole O’Connor, piano
Bryan Burroughs, movement director
Alan Smale, violin
Adele Johnson, viola
Niall O’Loughlin, cello
Carlos Gomes, double bass
Seamus Wylie, clarinet
Jimmy Smyth, guitar
Lila Iontcheva, percussion
Craig Hella Johnson Suite from Considering Matthew Shepard (2017) [Irish Premiere]
Elaine Agnew We Are What Gives us Strength (three short pieces) (2019)
Festival favourites Cór Linn and Cór na nÓg – the youth choirs of the National Concert Hall – return to the main stage for this poignant yet uplifting concert of works by Craig Hella Johnson and Elaine Agnew.
Performed here in its Irish premiere, Craig Hella Johnson’s Considering Matthew Shepard was composed to celebrate the life of a young man cut short by hate and violence. Drawing on a wide range of styles and poetic texts, including passages from Matt’s personal journal, it is a soulful work of hope and forgiveness.
Paired with renowned Irish composer Elaine Agnew’s heartfelt short pieces We Are What Gives Us Strength, this promises to be a thoughtful and optimistic performance showcasing the very best of youth music-making.