Grammy-winning Conspirare, which is described as a "choir inspired by the power of music to change lives" will be performing at the Laramie High School theater on Saturday, October 6. The performance is one of several events scheduled to commemorate the death of Matthew Shepard, who was murdered in 1998.

The chorus will be performing "Considering Matthew Shepard". "Considering Matthew Shepard was composed by Craig Hella Johnson, who started writing the piece after a 2012 visit to Laramie. Johnson says that Shepard's story has put him on "an inspiring, challenging and deeply meaningful journey". Johnson also said that with "Considering Matthew Shepard" that he wanted to "create, within a musical framework, a space for reflection, consideration, and unity around his life and legacy".

Following the performance, a panel discussion will be held. Among the panelists included in the discussion will be: Johnson, Matthew Shepard Foundation Executive Director Jason Marsden, and Dennis Shepard. The panel will consist of questions prepared by the moderator and questions asked by the audience.

"Considering Matthew Shepard" premiered in February 2016 in Austin, Texas and has since been performed in Boston, Pasadena, and Barcelona. Conspirare is currently working with Austin PBS, to produce a televised special of "Considering Matthew Shepard" that is expected to be nationally distributed this fall.

The performance will start at 7:30 p.m. While tickets are free, they must be reserved. There is a limit of two tickets per person. Overflow seating will also be made available in the LHS commons area. Tickets may be reserved by going to the Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts Box office, by calling (307) 766-6666 or by visiting www.uwyoedu.finearts.

For more information about Conspirare, please email Managing Director Ann McNair at amcnair@conspirare.org and for more information about the upcoming Laramie performance, please contact Nicole Lamartine by calling (307) 288-0042 or by emailing choir@uwyo.edu.