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

What audiences are saying about Lyric Fest

“It's much more than just a concert. It's the feeling of being alive.”

Raehann Bryce- Davis,  Photo: Donato Valentino

“You are at the center of the world where music, poetry, and thought come together. You are inches away from the art, and there's no other group that is giving you that kind of emotional immediacy.”

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


La Serenata

Songs and Serenades from Italy for Guitar & Voice

7, 8 & 10


Evidence of Things Not Seen

Happy Birthday to Ned Rorem


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



Songs for Valentine’s Day

14 & 18



COTTON presented at the 92nd Street Y

Here's What's Happening Right Now

Mexican Classical and Ranchera Songs with piano and Mariachi


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.
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