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Lyric Fest (LF) was founded in 2003 by three Philadelphia-area musicians: Suzanne DuPlantis, mezzo-soprano, Randi Marrazzo, soprano, and Laura Ward, pianist, with the shared goal of celebrating and revitalizing the song tradition. It has produced and presented over 60 concerts and recitals featuring more than 160 local, regional and national artists. Currently LF is run by Artistic Directors, Suzanne DuPlantis and Laura Ward.

Commissioning and performing new works has become integral to LF’s mission and programming philosophy.  Since its founding, LF has commissioned and premiered over 35 new works of local, regional and nationally recognized composers. LF enjoys working in partnership with composers, providing them with opportunities for creating and mounting performances of their work.

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.

Lyric Fest remains committed to access through affordable ticket prices, to broadening its audience, and to expanding the area’s interest in and knowledge of song as an important and relevant art form.

"Lyric Fest’s quirky, unpredictable, beautifully executed programs have become one of the glories of my life."

-Tom Purdom, Broad Street Review

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Lyric Fest – All-Bernstein Vocal Program

Date: Sunday, October 21, 2018 - 3:00 PM

Location: Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Jennifer Aylmer, soprano; Elizabeth Shammash, mezzo-soprano; William Ferguson, tenor; Randall Scarlata, baritone; Laura Ward, piano; Jamie Bernstein, narrator; Suzanne DuPlantis, narrator

All-Bernstein Vocal Program


This concert is supported by the Presser Foundation.

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Lyric Fest

Date: Thursday, March 12, 2009 - 8:00 PM

Location: American Philosophical Society, Benjamin Franklin Hall
427 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Keira Duffy, soprano; Suzanne DuPlantis, mezzo-soprano; Leslie Johnson, soprano; David Adams, tenor; Randi Marrazzo, soprano; Randall Scarlata, baritone; Laura Ward, piano

Concert of song features arias, duets, and ensembles highlighting a range of composers including Purcell, Fauré, Weill, Duparc, Elgar, Schubert, Brahms, Britten and Porter

Tom Purdom, Broad Street Review

“Lyric Fest’s quirky, unpredictable, beautifully executed programs have become one of the glories of my life.”

Chestnut Hill Local

“...commanded every detail without losing sight of the movement’s final measure.”

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