Deadmall Ballads - Hilliard and Boresi

Lyric Fest Movie Now Streaming On Demand

Deadmall Ballads – a seriocomic song cycle about the life cycle of the American shopping mall. Offered in a new vision with video antics by Lyric Fest, this song-movie features the brilliant score / libretto of Hilliard and Boresi, brought to full hilarity and poignance by the artist who inspired the work, Jennifer Aylmer. Deadmall Ballads was originally premiered by LF in 2022 by Jennifer Aylmer and Laura Ward and was then studio recorded for our movie.

“[With] original, bluesy-driven penetrating music… composed by Peter Hilliard with idiosyncratic words by Matt Boresi… Deadmall Ballads has a clear story arc built around nine colorful songs about a dying shopping mall. The listener is taken on a journey not unlike Dante’s Inferno."

-D.C. Metro Theatre Arts

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Lyric Fest is a place to experience the unique power of the human voice in song. We bring together great singers, composers, history, biography, and humor. Here we tell our stories in song.

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2023-2024 Season

January

A Winter Feasting

A Celebration of Word and Song

April

L'Invitation Au Voyage

Songs of the Sea

June

Come with a whoop...

Come with a Call!

January

White Nights and Northern Lights

Songs of Russia and Scandinavia

November

Simple Gifts

Songs of Joy and Thanksgiving

19 & 20

January

February

May

Once Upon A Time...

Children's Concert

19 & 20

September

November

April

Old City - New Song

Philadelphia Composers

12 & 13

September

MAHLER Resurrected

Biography in Music

27 & 28

April

Komm, Liebe Zither

The Art of the Serenade

25 & 26

October

Moving Heaven and Earth

World Spirituality in Song

30 & 1

February

May

Unplug!

Children's Concert

22 & 23

October

November

Night and Day

The Harmony of Yin Yang

January

I've Got Rhythm

Family Concert

28 & 29

April

Stranger Things

Paris in the early 20th Century

September

November

To Kiss The Earth

potter, poet and guide

12 & 13

March

23 & 25

January

New Journey Into Song

A Winter's Journey

25 & 27

February

Love with a Twist

A program for those lucky at cards (unlucky at love)

15 & 16

March

Dear March - Come In

American Women Poets in Song

28 & 30

March

October

November

The Raven

A Poe Fest

7 & 8

January

JOHANNES BRAHMS

Biography in Music

25 & 29

April

Sincerely yours…

Letters set to music

2 & 3

November

A Neighborhood of Friends

A World of Song

13 & 14

December

Letters to Santa

Happy Hour and Mini Concert - 5:30 Reception, 6PM Music

January

Music in the White House

A Collaboration between Lyric Fest and Singing City

28 & 29

March

It’s Elementary

Songs of Earth, Wind, Fire and Water

31 & 2

May

Happy Birthday Irving Berlin

Happy Hour and Mini Concert, 5:30 Reception, 6PM Music

11 & 17

September

Pedals, Page-turns and Postludes

– A view from the bench

21, 22 & 24

October

Dominick Argento Turns 90

Happy Hour and Mini Concert

December

Art Songs of Benjamin C.S. Boyle

Lyric Fest’s Composer-in-Residence

February

Claude Debussy BIOGRAPHY IN MUSIC

Songs, Life and Letters of Debussy

10 & 11

March

CABARET FUNDRAISER

Join us for a spectacular evening that supports 
Lyric Fest!

April

Humming and Strumming – Guitar Songs with Allen Krantz

Happy Hour and Weekday Mini Concert

3 & 4

June

Happy Birthday Irving Berlin

Songs, Life, and Times of Irving Berlin

October

LEONARD BERNSTEIN

Biography in Music

19 & 21

September

FASCINATING RHYTHM

Songs of Gershwin

October

THE ROAD LESS TRAVELED

In collaboration with Singing City

5 & 6

November

THE ART OF SONG

Daron Hagen, world premiere

December

TUTTI FIOR

Happy Hour/Mini Concert with Art Show

10 & 11

February

THE ENCHANTED FLUTE

SONGS FOR FLUTE AND VOICE

29 & 1

October

EDGAR ALLAN POE IN SONG

excerpts from “Lenoriana” Benjamin C.S. Boyle

17 & 25

January

#SAYTHEIRNAMES

Women of the Movement

9 & 17

March

THE NIGHTINGALE

Nordic Song

6 & 14

May

SPEAK LOW

Biography in Music of Kurt Weill

29, 5, 12 & 19

October

THE FUNNY BONE

A Time to Laugh

2 & 3

November

A Time to Mourn

Songs and Poems for the Victims of Covid-19

13 & 14

December

My Letter to the World

Emily Dickinson - Biography in Music

11 & 12

March

Yiddishe Nightingale

A Short History of the American Yiddish Theater

1, 2 & 3

April

The Song Catcher

The Folk Song Re-imagined

9 & 10

May

Anything Goes

Cole Porter - Uncensored

17 & 18

June

The Art of Song

By Daron Hagen, Brooklyn Premiere

June

My Favorite Things

Jennifer Aylmer and Laura Ward sharing favorites

September

Elysian Fields

Dawns, Dreams & Visions

18 & 20

November

A Singer's Singer

Biography in Music of Winnaretta Singer - An American Patroness in Paris

12 & 13

February

COTTON

New multi-media work Inspired by the cotton photography of Philadelphia artist John Dowell

25 & 28

March

Ode to the Lost Song Arne Dørumsgaard

Arrangements of Arne Dørumsgaard

28 & 29

April

Metamorphosis of Plants

A Lieder celebration for Earth Day at Longwood Gardens

22 & 23

May

Bewitched

The Bothered, Bewildered Songs of Rodgers & Hart

23 & 24

October

La Serenata

Songs and Serenades from Italy for Guitar & Voice

7, 8 & 10

October

Evidence of Things Not Seen

Happy Birthday to Ned Rorem

December

Any of Those Decembers

A Winter Cantata commissioned by Lyric Fest for four voices, string quartet, flute, and piano by Benjamin Perry Wenzelberg, composer, setting the poetry of Jeanne Minahan.

16 & 17

February

L-O-V-E

Songs for Valentine’s Day

14 & 18

April

COTTON

COTTON presented at the 92nd Street Y

September

Play a Simple Melody

The Historic Songs of Tin Pan Alley

28 & 29

November

Nevertheless, She Sang

Women Composers, Women Poets

16 & 17

February

The Soul of the City

Urban living in the best and worst of times

22 & 22

April

Everything Old is New Again

Antique songs in modern garb

5 & 6

Here's What's Happening Right Now

Mexican Classical and Ranchera Songs with piano and Mariachi

¡ CANCIÓN !

Lyric Fest is thrilled to present a fascinating program in collaboration with Esperanza (in Philadelphia), an organization that serves and strengthens the Hispanic community in Philadelphia. The program will explore the sights, sounds, and vibrant musical colors of Mexico. With Mexican American artists Cecilia Violetta López, soprano, Levi Hernandez, baritone, performing with Laura Ward at the piano, the concert offers classical art songs of Mexico as its first half. In the second half, the singers are joined by Mariachi Band to present the folkloric songs of Mexico in the electrifying style of Ranchera. Lyric Fest is most grateful for the support of The Independence Foundation, and to Conant Scott Rogers who have helped bring this program to our Lyric Fest and Esperanza communities.
Where
When
Workshop and Performance for Esperanza Academy Students at Teatro Esperanza
May 17, 2024 @ 1:00 pm
Esperanza Arts Center - Teatro Esperanza
May 18, 2024 @ 3:00 pm
The Academy of Vocal Arts
May 19, 2024 @ 3:00 pm