Women of the Movement




Saturday, January 9, 2021 at 7:30pm


Meet the Artists Film Discussion:

Sunday, January 17, 2021 at 3pm


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 Lavett Ballard.

During this time of pandemic, Lyric Fest is offering #SayTheirNames free of charge. 

The concert will be streamed on demand on the homepage of the Lyric Fest website starting Saturday, January 9, 2021 at 7:30 PM.



Watch #SayTheirNames any time before Sunday, January 17 at 3pm where you can meet the artists and join in a discussion and Q & A on Zoom that starts at 3pm. Joining will be renowned soprano, Karen Slack, who conceived this program for LF, along with composer Jasmine Barnes; poet Shana Oshiro; and story-teller/narrator, Charlotte Blake Alston 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.


January 9, 2021 @ 7:30 pm
January 17, 2021 @ 3:00 pm