Elizabeth Harper Neeld’s pre-concert talk for the world premiere of Craig Hella Johnson’s oratorio, Considering Matthew Shepard
I am here to celebrate stories. Particularly to celebrate what a marvelous and amazing thing it is that we human beings tell stories. It may be, as ancient Hasidic writings tell us, that God did create human beings in order to tell stories. It may be that, as poets have suggested, the universe is made up of stories, not atoms….
Born November 18, 1899, in Daytona Beach, Florida.Reared by his Grandma Nancy, who had been a slave and was a young woman during the American Civil War Found the protective fold of his neighborhood and nature his “windbreak against existence.”