Song of the Shepherd

On Saturday, December 7th and Sunday December 8th, the Ojai Community Chorus will present its annual Winter Concert, “Song of the Shepherd.” The program will include a broad spectrum of holiday music from “I Love the Winter Weather” to selections from Handel’s  “Messiah”.

The centerpiece of the program will be selections from “Considering Matthew Shepard”.  Audiences describe this work as “brilliant,” “powerful,” “innovative,” “dazzling,” and “gripping.” After its debut in 2016 The Washington Post stated,  “’Considering Matthew Shepard’” demonstrates music’s capacity to encompass, transform and transcend tragedy. Powerfully cathartic, it leads us from …grief to a higher understanding of the human condition, enabling us to endure.”

Director Connie Woodson has an outstanding history of conducting the Ojai Community Chorus for over fifteen years.  The accompanying musicians are James Antunez, John Boyd, and Chris Kimbler.

Tickets may be purchased at the door, at the St. Thomas Aquinas Thrift Store, online at, or from chorus members.

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