Tom Purdom reviews Dear March — Come In

Tom Purdom reviewed in the Broad Street Review our end-of-season concert Dear March — Come In. As ever, we encourage you to read the entire text of the review at the preceding link, but here are some excerpts to whet your appetite.

 It was, in short, a typical Lyric Fest variety show. If you weren’t happy with the item you were hearing at the moment, you knew you would hear something different in three or four minutes. …

The guest star of the event was Kiera Duffy … could produce the nuances and shadings art song requires. She got everything just right when she sang the premiere of Benjamin C. S. Boyle’s setting of Edith Wharton’s “Patience” …

Elizabeth Shammash, has an exceptionally beautiful mezzo voice and a perfectly modulated art song style. One of the high points of the afternoon was her collaboration with one of Lyric Fest’s founders, mezzo Suzanne DuPlantis. …

Randall Scarlata, combined the art song and operatic styles…

Joseph Gaines … perfect fit for wilder items …

The concert ended with Gaines singing John Musto’s setting of an eight-line dissertation on suicide by Dorothy Parker. … an affirmation of life wrapped in a wry, wisecracking, very American style.