Category: 2017-18

Happy Birthday Irving Berlin

Raise a glass to a great American musical treasure, Irving Berlin. Part of the newly established Music for Midsummer Nights Series,  this short concert features his timeless songs and a brief biography of Berlin’s amazing life story. With Suzanne DuPlantis, Mezzo Soprano; Randall Scarlata, Baritone; and Laura Ward, Piano. Free-Will offering at the door   […]


The latest in our biography series, this program features the fascinating life, tempestuous times and sublime songs of one of the greatest song composers, Claude Debussy. Narrating and reading from the composer’s letters will be Lyric Fest’s composer-in-residence, Benjamin C. S. Boyle. With Amy Burton (click here for Amy’s Debussy podcast), Suzanne DuPlantis, Thomas Meglioranza, […]

Dominick Argento Turns 90

Lyric Fest celebrates Dominick Argento’s 90th birthday with a concert of his songs. This living American composer, awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 1974, has dedicated almost his entire career to composing for voice. Come to experience a short concert of his beautiful art songs and learn about the life of this American musical […]

Art Songs of Benjamin C.S. Boyle

To commemorate our 15th-anniversary season, Lyric Fest is proud to announce the Stasiuk & Farion Composer-in-Residence Benjamin C.S. Boyle. He has produced a stunning body of art song that brings together his lyric and pianistic gifts with an affinity for exquisite verse. For the December 3rd concert, repertoire includes “Ophelia,” “Songs of Virtue and Loss” […]

Humming and Strumming – Guitar Songs with Allen Krantz

A winsome and fun program inspired by the art of the guitar and the songs it has tenderly accompanied through the years. Classical, folk, jazz and modern songs stand side by side in a program featuring Philadelphia’s premiere guitarist, Allen Krantz, with Suzanne DuPlantis and Emily Drummond. Put a little music into your midweek with […]

Bryan Hymel and Irini Kyriakidou in Concert with Laura Ward

Lyric Fest is thrilled to present international opera stars, tenor Bryan Hymel and soprano Irini Kyriakidou in a special concert with pianist Laura Ward. Featuring a program of Vaughan Williams, Ravel, Benjamin C. S. Boyle, and operatic favorites, in the couple’s first-ever recital performance in Philadelphia. Join us for this grand finale to Lyric Fest’s […]