March 11, 2013

Second review of Journey Toward Freedom

Lewis Whittington reviewed our March 3 concert in Some choice excerpts from the review:

“Lyric Fest designs concerts with scope and historical significance so well that it often results in uniquely vital programming. Earlier this year, their single performance of a deep field survey of music from Spanish, Latin and South American composers, brought academic and aesthetic depth to unique repertoire, not to mention making it sumptuously entertaining. The same qualities were present for Journey Toward Freedom-A History of the Civil Rights Movement, through music and word, an eloquent musical narrative of the black civil rights movement in America.”

“… mezzo soprano Denyce Graves … [showed such] commitment to this music and concept, that she was among one of the chorus of many.”

“… soprano Lisa Daltirus, a technically accomplished and stratospheric soprano who crafted such spiritual songs as O What a Beautiful Cityand He’s got the whole world in his hands impressively…”

“The Singing City Chamber Choir and their Children’s Choir, providing resounding quality and choral esprit…”

“The Rev. Charles Rice narrated … Also moving hearts, the clarion bass-baritone Kevin Deas … Laura Ward, Lyric Fest’s pianist is in the moment with stellar accompaniment for every singer.”

We encourage you to read the entire review at this link.

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