New Season Preview

We are very excited to tell you about our 2011-2012 season! We will update our front page with links to detailed descriptions of the concerts in the next several days.

The Bawdy Bard

Friday, September 23, 2011 at 8 pm in Widener Hall at The Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill
Sunday, September 25, 2011 at 3 pm at The Academy of Vocal Arts

Lyric Fest takes its first ever plunge into early music…  Rousing song and medieval verse are brought together in this special concert celebrating the birth of the art form of song.  Featuring guest artist-conductor Matthew Glandorf with soloists Leslie Johnson, Maren Montalbano Brehm, tenor and baritone, to be announced, with Choral Arts Philadelphia.  Also featuring Jim Bergwall, as a traveling bard, reading from Chaucer to Shakespeare.  Solo and ensemble works with lute and viol; Janequin, Senfl, Bernard de Venterdorn, Josquin, Purcell, Gastold.

To Kiss the Earth – potter, poet and guide

Saturday, November 12, 2011 at 3 pm at Ravenhill Chapel, Philadelphia University Campus
Sunday, November, 13, 2011 at 3 pm at The Academy of Vocal Arts

A program celebrating the creative artist and the flow of inspiration from one to another – one generation to the next.   Featuring the premieres of three new works: Maurice Wright’s  “To Kiss the Earth,” settings of the diaries of Bauhaus Potter Marguerite Wildenhain for baritone and string quartet, Allen Krantzs “Little Elegy with Books and Beasts” and Curt Cacioppo’s “Volgi, Beatrice” both for soprano and string quartet.  With guest artists William Stone, Elizabeth Weigle and the Ravenhill String Quartet.  Includes composer commentary.

A very good year ~ Happy Birthday to 1912

Friday, March 23, 2012 at 8 pm at Haverford College
Sunday, March 25, 2012 at 3 pm at The Academy of Vocal Arts

An historical snapshot of the world of 1912, the year “Happy Birthday” first appeared in print.  Enjoy this amazingly varied centennial program featuring songs and opera composed in that year, heard against the backdrop of world history.  Music of the Americas, North and South, Europe, Scandinavia, Russia, Ukraine…  With Zach Borichevsky, Meagan Miller, Randall Scarlata and the Chamber Singers of Haverford and Bryn Mawr.

Once upon a Time… Family Concert

April 29, 2012 at 3 pm at The Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill
May 1, 2012 at GAMP (Girard Academic Music Program)

Kings and queens, princes and princesses, witches and bird-men!   It’s the perfect introduction to opera for young audiences.  Lyric Fest presents again three mini-version operas, semi-staged:  Magic Flute, Barber of Seville and Hansel and Gretel, narrated by a puckish Imp and a lovable Fairy-God Mother and presented by a cast of professional singers and actors hailing from opera companies across the US.  Joined by the Trouvèeres of the Pennsylvania Girlchoir, Mark Anderson, conductor.