Category: 2015-16

Sincerely yours…

This program of mostly American song takes a detour from the verse of poets and looks to setting letters to music, where each selection is not only a song, but a story. Featuring its 2016 commission project, new works are premiered by three Philadelphia composers, Benjamin C.S. Boyle, John Conahan and Thomas Lloyd, joined by composers […]

Johannes Brahms

A semi-theatrical program of Brahms’s life and times, as told through his music and letters, including biographical narration, solo songs, vocal quartets and duets. With Laura Strickling soprano; Chrystal E. Williams, mezzo soprano; Jonas Hacker, tenor; Anthony Whitson-Martini, baritone and with Laura Ward, at the piano; Jim Bergwall and Suzanne DuPlantis, Narrators. Program PDF

Sibelius Celebrates 150

In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the birth of Jean Sibelius, Lyric Fest offers a short concert to be celebrated with drinks and hors d’oeuvres on the day of his birth. Song aficionados know that though seldom programmed in the U.S., Sibelius songs are considered to be among the finest in the art song […]

The Raven

A Co-production with Dumbarton Concerts in Washington, DC A program celebrating the works and life of Philadelphia Poet, Edgar Allan Poe, featuring the area premiere of “The Raven” by Nicholas White, scored for a quartet of solo voices, string quartet, and piano. Also featuring solo song settings of Poe’s poetic works and readings from Poe’s prose. With […]

La Dolce Vita

A breezy program of Italian favorites and little known gems celebrating the sweet things in life: Rossini quartets, Songs of Verdi, Respighi, Bellini and Puccini, Hahn, Neapolitan song, Opera and more. With Jennifer Aylmer, Suzanne DuPlantis, Eric Rieger, Randall Scarlata with Laura Ward at the piano. Program PDF