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


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



Mexican Classical and Ranchera Songs with piano and Mariachi

17, 18 & 19

Here's What's Happening Right Now

Multimedia song cycle inspired by the cotton photography of Philadelphia artist John Dowell and composed by Damien Geter. Conceived and commissioned by Lyric Fest.


Damien Geter’s COTTON will be presented at the 92nd Street Y with Denyce Graves, mezzo soprano, Justin Austin, baritone and Laura Ward, piano. Based on the fine art cotton photography and story of John Dowell, and featuring the poetry of eight nationally renowned poets, COTTON was first premiered to sold-out audiences in Philadelphia and at the Kennedy Center in February of 2022. Lyric Fest will host a special shuttle travel experience for patrons interested in traveling to NYC for this performance, ticketed through Lyric Fest. All other tickets can be purchases through the 92nd Street Y.
The 92nd Street Y - New York City, NY
April 18, 2024 @ 7:30 pm