2012-13 Season Preview

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August 2, 2012


PHILADELPHIA, PA – August 2, 2012: Lyric Fest, a unique song offering in Philadelphia, announced its 10th Anniversary Season under the theme “Journeys”, featuring creative collaborations with many leading singers, composers, choral groups, as well as commissions of new songs. Season subscriptions and individual tickets go on sale in August 2012.

“With a passion and commitment for art song, we have established a firm presence in the supportive community of the greater Philadelphia area,” said Randi Marrazzo, Founding Artistic Director. “The past decade has brought many thematic productions, collaborations with many well-known and emerging opera singers, composers, youth ensembles, choral groups, actors, artists and dancers. Our family concerts have provided a unique vehicle to bring great music to the younger generations in an accessible, engaging format.”

According to Founding Artistic Director Laura Ward, Lyric Fest gave the title “Journeys” to the entire 10th Anniversary Season “to reflect a decade-long journey with collaborative artists and loyal audience to arrive at a milestone of accomplishment in song recital programming.”

“Journeys”, Lyric Fest’s 10th Anniversary 2012-2013 Season: 

Old City ~ New Song II
Sunday, October 14th at 3 PM
The Academy of Vocal Arts, 1920 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA

Lyric Fest begins a season of “Journeys” in our hometown, Philadelphia, for an eclectic program highlighting the great composers of the Curtis Institute of Music (Barber, Hoiby, Djupstrom, Boyle and Seyfried) and University of Pennsylvania (Crumb and Primosch) as well as others who have called Philadelphia home. World premieres by Thomas Lloyd and Allen Krantz. With Artists: Kelly Bixby, Thomas Lloyd, Jarrett Ott, Suzanne DuPlantis, Randi Marrazzo and pianist Laura Ward.

A tu Corazón ~ Canciones y Dansas (To Your Heart ~ Songs and Dances)
Sunday, November 18th at 3 PM
The Academy of Vocal Arts

A journey to Spain, Mexico, Central and South America for Spanish song and zarzuela, this program traces the development of Spanish song and dance and how Spanish exploration brought this tradition to the New World. With Artists: Maria Aleida, Carla Dirlikov, Diego Silva, Luis Ledesma, and pianist  Laura Ward.

New Journey Into Song: A Winter’s Journey
Friday, January 25th at 8 PM
Sunday, January 27th at 3 PM
The Academy of Vocal Arts

This program explores an “inward” journey with Schubert’s Die Winterreise (performed Friday by Randall Scarlata and Laura Ward), followed by Sunday’s concert featuring two newly commissioned song cycles inspired by Schubert’s work by composers Andrea Clearfield and Daron Hagen. A meet-the-composer talk with Clearfield and Hagen follows the Sunday performance. With Artists: Justine Aronson, Steven Brenfleck, Katherine Pracht, Randall Scarlata and pianist Laura Ward.

Journey Toward Freedom….with special guest artist Denyce Graves
Sunday, March 3rd at 3 PM
The First Presbyterian Church of Philadelphia

A documentary of the Civil Rights Movement history, completed with commentary, songs of the era, art songs, opera and spirituals. With Lyric Fest and Singing City collaborating, the concert features readings/narrations from the works of Langston Hughes, Maya Angelou, and Martin Luther King. With Artists: Denyce Graves joined by Kevin Deas, Karen Slack Blackwell, and Narrator Rev. Charles Rice, along with the Singing City Chamber Choir and Children’s Choir under the direction of Jeffrey Brillhart and pianist Laura Ward.

The Rosetta Stone
Sunday, May 5 at 3 PM
The Academy of Vocal Arts

In the spirit of the Rosetta Stone, Lyric Fest presents the many songs in which composers have set texts in languages foreign to their own: Samuel Barber in French, Charles Ives in German and French and Lowell Lieberman in Spanish. With Artists: Suzanne DuPlantis, Randi Marrazzo, other artists TBA, with pianist Laura Ward.

2 Responses to 2012-13 Season Preview

  1. Bruce Waddington says:

    Please add me to your contact list. Thanks.

  2. dimi says:

    Done. Thank you.

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