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NDSU announces choral symposium, performance of 'Considering Matthew Shepard'

FARGO — The North Dakota State University Challey School of Music will present its third biennial choral symposium next month.

The theme for this year's symposium, which will be held Oct. 12 and 13, is "Relevance: Creating Community Through the Choral Art." The event will focus on how choral music can enhance and strengthen a community, according to a news release, and will feature presentations from academics and musicians from across the country.

As part of the symposium, choral faculty members Jo Ann Miller, Michael Weber and Charlette Moe picked "Considering Matthew Shepard" by Craig Hella Johnson as a featured choral work that tells a story and inspires conversation about a social issue. The work by the Minnesota native reflects on Shepard, a young gay student at the University of Wyoming in Laramie who was kidnapped, beaten and left to die in the fall of 2008.

A performance is set for 7:30 p.m. Oct. 12 at Festival Concert Hall on the NDSU campus, and will be followed by a talk-back with the composer. Tickets range from $10 to $25 for that performance.