2013-2014 Season Preview

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2013-14 Season Preview


A Year of Song in Biography, Love and Poetry

PHILADELPHIA, PA – July, 2013 Lyric Fest enters its second decade with an eclectic program appealing to a wide audience. From an enchanting educational show for youngsters to an intimate look at Benjamin Britten, or a wry look at lovers as well as newly commissioned works based on the works of American female poets, this season continues Lyric Fest’s heralded tradition of bringing people together through song.

“We are launching the new decade with fantastic programming!” says Founding Artistic Director Suzanne DuPlantis. “Though the spotlight is always on the music, we are thrilled about the season’s cast which includes Metropolitan Opera singers, Will Ferguson and Kiera Duffy for Biography in Music: Benjamin Britten and American Female Poets respectively. International opera singers, husband and wife, Stephen Powell and Barbara Shirvis, join tenor, Richard Troxell for Love with a Twist. and there are plenty new, exciting up-and-comers.”

Lyric Fest offers reasonable and affordable season subscriptions as well as single tickets online http://lyricfest.org/tickets/ and at the box office.

Program Highlights

A Magical Musical Menagerie

Sunday, October 27 at 3 pm at Main Line Reform Temple (MLRT)

Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 10 am at Girard Academic Music Program (GAMP)

A costumed cast of characters present a magical program of cowboys, fairies, elves, valkyries and more. A hilarious (and educational) program lovingly created to enjoy with children. Features “character” pieces from Carmen to Hansel and Gretel, Don Quixote to Don Juan, Dorothy to the Grinch, classical songs, arias from opera, Broadway musicals and film classics. Plus a time for the audience to connect with the performers and ask questions. Lyric Fest—- committed to sharing great music with kids.

With Guest Artists Rebecca Carr, Jeffrey Halili, Jessica Lennick, Chadwick Somers, Jason Switzer, and Chrystal Williams

Biography in Music: Benjamin Britten

Sunday, November 24, 2013 at 3 pm at The Academy of Vocal Arts

In honor of the 100th Anniversary of his birth, Lyric Fest presents a theatrical concert featuring the works of a towering composer of the 20th Century, Benjamin Britten. Political and musical intrigue are set against the backdrop of the two World Wars, revealing a fascinating story through a cast of characters that includes Britten’s life partner and collaborator, Peter Pears, physicist Albert Einstein, poet W.H. Auden, violinist Yehudi Menuhin and many composers of his day. A distinguished cast will bring Benjamin Britten to life with songs, letters and biographical narration.

With Guest Artists Jim Bergwall, actor, Kelly Ann Bixby, William Ferguson and Jarrett Ott

Love with a Twist: A program for those lucky at cards (unlucky at love)

Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 3 pm at The Academy of Vocal Arts

Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 7:30 pm at Lenape Valley Church, Bucks County

Misfortunes in love do indeed make for great songs and great opera, so just in time for Valentine’s Day, Lyric Fest offers a program featuring the daydreams, denials and disasters of love – in song. Make your Valentine’s Day plans now!

With Guest Artists Stephen Powell, Barbara Shirvis, and Richard Troxell with Harold Evans at the piano

Bearing the Light – American Female Poets in Song

Friday, March 28, 2014 at 7:30 pm Bryn Mawr College, Music Room Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 3 pm at The Academy of Vocal Arts

Celebrating both Women’s History Month and Poetry Month, Lyric Fest presents a fantastically varied program of American Female poets in song. Both well loved and little known settings are included, as

well as Lyric Fest’s latest commission project, a “Songbook of American Female Poets.” This collaboration brings together newly commissioned songs by composers Abbie Betinis, Benjamin Boyle, Douglas Cuomo, Michael Djupstrom, Daron Hagen, James Primosch, Maurice Wright into a composite songbook. Original compositions at once heighten the emotional tone of the poem and exemplify Lyric Fest’s ability to bring an audience together through the shared experience of song. The concert will also premier the winning song of Lyric Fest’s Young Composers Song Competition, inaugurated in this season. (More details to come in August.)

With Guest Artists Kiera Duffy, Joe Gaines, Randall Scarlata and Elizabeth Shammash

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