Bentley Performance: "Considering Matthew Shepard" Composed by Craig Hella Johnson


We are very sorry to announce that to be responsive to COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) and the current public health situation, the remainder of W&L Lenfest performances’ Winter and spring Season 2020 are cancelled.

Lenfest  will issue full refunds to ticket holdersto canceled performances. If you paid by credit card or swipe card, your card will be refunded. If you paid by cash or check, you will receive a reimbursement check in the mail. For more information about obtaining a refund, please contact the Lenfest Box Office at or 540.458.8001

We hope this time of uncertainty passes quickly and that we are able to entertain you at the Lenfest Center for the Arts again very soon. Thank you for your understanding.

Friday, March 13th and Saturday, March 14th, 2020 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, March 15, 2020 at 3 p.m.
Lenfest Center/ Wilson Hall/Concert Hall

Open Forum: Thursday, March 12th at 5pm in Wilson Concert Hall. Matthew's parents will be moderating. No tickets are required for this forum.

Robert O. and Elizabeth M. Bentley Musical

Ticket sales begin Monday, January 13.

Join W&L in the Virginia premiere of Considering Matthew Shepard, one of the most important and meaningful recent works of art. Anchored by the University Singers in the highlighted choir role, the performance features both professional and student soloists, instrumentalists, and narrators.

This multimedia fusion oratorio is a heart-wrenching musical telling of the tragic story and aftermath of the kidnapping, torture, and death of Matthew Shepard in Wyoming in 1998. From the Washington Post: "Considering Matthew Shepard demonstrates music's capacity to encompass, transform and transcend tragedy. Powerfully cathartic, it leads us from horror and grief to a higher understanding of the human condition, enabling us to endure."

Prior to the run of the Bentley production, W&L will bring this important story to venues and schools across the United States.

Tickets are required. 

Adult $20
Senior $15
W&L Faculty & Staff $10
W&L Student/Student $5

Tickets are forfeited if not seated five minutes prior to performance. Please call the Box Office for more information at 540-458-8000