FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Lyric Fest and Singing City present
The Road Less Traveled
October 5, 2019, 4PM at Haddonfield United Methodist Church
October 6, 2019, 3PM at Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral
PHILADELPHIA, PA – “The Road Less Traveled” offers a timely program that explores world-wide migration and America’s roots as an immigrant nation.
In songs of journey and diaspora, welcome and belonging, leaving home and finding home, the concert features three Lyric Fest soloists. Cuban-born American soprano Maria Aleida joins LF amidst a world tour as soprano soloist with international superstar Andrea Bocelli, and will be featured in songs from Cuba, Ecuador and Great Britain. Korean-born American mezzo-soprano Misoon Ghim is featured in songs of her homeland, as well as Germany, Great Britain, Russia. American baritone Jared Bybee is featured in songs from Russia, Argentina, France and America. Pianist and LF Music Director Laura Ward will be at the keyboard.
Singing City Choir, with Artistic and Music Director Jeffrey Brillhart, will perform works by Stephen Paulus, Dominick DiOrio, Randall Thompson, Mark A. Miller, Jill Friedersdorf and Melissa Keylock, and Jester Hairston. Lyric Fest and Singing City have previously teamed up for historical programs such as ”I’ll Make Me A World,” “Music in the White House,” and “Journey Toward Freedom – a History of the Civil Rights Movement.”
About Lyric Fest
The overall mission of Lyric Fest is to bring people together through the shared experience of song by offering to diverse audiences lively, theme-oriented voice recitals designed to edify, educate, stimulate dialogue, and foster community. Lyric Fest is one of a very few voice recital series of its kind in the area. Its reputation for excellence and innovation is growing nationally and LF has begun to receive invitations to bring concerts to Pittsburgh, PA, Princeton, NJ, and Washington, DC. LF has received critical acclaim locally and has also been noted in a number of national publications, such as Opera News.
About Singing City
Singing City Choir was founded as an integrated choir in 1948 in Philadelphia by Dr. Elaine Brown and came out of the Fellowship House movement, which believed that differences between races, religions, and cultures could be bridged by ordinary people coming together in shared activities. The 80-member strong chorus is led by Artistic & Music Director Jeffrey Brillhart and continues to fulfill its original mission, which today encompasses an educational program for youth, T-VOCE (Teen Voices of the City Ensemble), and programs for under-served audiences.