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Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the OCS Spring concert “Considering Matthew Shephard” has been cancelled, along with the documentary screening scheduled for 1 April at cinemas. The OCS has also suspended its practices for the Spring season. We apologize for the inconvenience this may cause but it is in the best interests of recently implemented safety and health measures regarding the coronavirus.”


Tickets: Adults $25 in advance/$30 at the door
Students $15 / Children 12 and under free

Oakville Choral’s Spring Concerts

Oakville Choral’s April 2020 concert Oakville Choral’s April 2020 concert will feature Fauré’s Requiem preceded by movements from a recent remarkable composition by American composer Craig Hella Johnson called Considering Matthew Shepard. It is inspired by the life and death of 21-year-old Matthew Shepard and was composed on the 20th anniversary of his kidnapping and murder at the hands of violent homophobes in Wyoming. It is skillfully constructed and consists of powerful and beautiful music with moments of tragedy but also joy, forgiveness and healing. There are many musical styles in this work, from baroque to country reflecting the character and culture of Matthew and his environment, yet it is remarkably cohesive with a profound expressive arc. It is referred to as a Passion, whereby the fence on which Matthew was tied and left to take his final breaths parallels too accurately a crucifixion. Following its Canadian premier in 2018, Oakville Choral will be among the first groups to bring this work to a Canadian audience.


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