Lyric Fest adapts to music-making during a time of pandemic with a new format: a powerful virtual song-movie entitled #SayTheirNames. Renowned soprano Karen Slack has developed a program to present songs and readings that hold up the women who have, wittingly or unwittingly, been a catalyst for social change, with Laura Ward at the piano. This program addresses four social movements that have been spearheaded by brave, sometimes forgotten women. The program will say their names in the story of emancipation, anti-lynching, civil rights, and #SayHerName movements. Featuring the premiere of a LF commissioned work by Jasmine Barnes, “Taking Names”, a setting of a new poem by Shana Oshiro, and will also feature the art of Lavette Ballard.
During the time of pandemic this fall, Lyric Fest is offering this concert free of charge.
The concert will be streamed on demand on the homepage of the Lyric Fest website starting Saturday, November 14, at 7:30 PM.
Be sure to watch #SayTheirNames any time before Sunday, November 22 at 3pm – because our “Launch Party” on Zoom starts at 3pm! We’ll welcome you to join our artists, composer, and poet to discuss this film, the movements represented, the songs, and the question of where to go from here. Request a link and register your attendance by clicking the blue “Buy Tickets” link. (The ticket is free.) LF will be in touch with complete instructions and a zoom link to join the Launch Party. We look forward to experiencing this powerful program together with our community.