Described as “brilliant,” “powerful,” “innovative,” “dazzling” and “gripping,” when it debuted at #4 on Billboard’s Traditional Classical Chart, Considering Matthew Shepard, showcases the Grammy Award-winning artistry of Conspirare’s singers performing a concert-length fusion oratorio with song, chamber instrumentation and projected media. Led by artistic director and composer Craig Hella Johnson, this work is a musical response to the tragic death that sparked a revolution in our understanding of hate crime legislation. Jason Marsden, executive director of the Matthew Shepard Foundation, calls it “the most intricate, beautiful and unyielding artistic response to this notorious anti-gay hate crime.” This performance marks the return of Conspirare to Sauder Concert Hall, where this work was originally recorded.
Price: No charge. A free-will offering will be held.
An annual tradition — the Michiana Mennonite Men’s & Women’s Relief Sale Choirs will perform a concert in Sauder Concert Hall. Admission is free, but a free-will offering will be held with all proceeds benefitting Mennonite Disaster Service. Part of the Michiana Mennonite Relief Sale.
The Donald Sinta Quartet, Gold Medal winners at the Fischoff Competition, has earned praise from audiences and critics alike for its virtuosic performances, compelling recordings and distinctive repertoire. Hailed as “…a tight-knit ensemble exploding with power and virtuosity and an un- concealable ambition to connect with its newly found listeners” (Boston Musical Intelligencer), the DSQ performs entirely from memory, which strengthens an already palpable connection with its audiences.
Named for its mentor, legendary University of Michigan Saxophone Professor Donald Sinta, the quartet’s competition successes include, 1st prize in the Concert Artists Guild Competition, 1st Prize at the 2017 M-Prize Chamber Arts Competition, the Grand Prize and 1st Place of the Coleman Chamber Competition, and 1st Prize in the North American Saxophone Alliance Quartet Competition.