Lyric Fest Opens Season 22-23 With ELYSIAN FIELDS, 20th Anniversary Concert Celebrates Lyric Fest Debut


Lyric Fest opens its 20th anniversary season with Elysian Fields: Dawns, Dreams, Visions – A Celebration of Lyric Fest’s Beginnings on Sunday, September 18, 2022 at 3:00 p.m. at the Vocal Arts Academy and Tuesday, September 20, 2022 at 7:30 p.m. at the Church Presbyterian Bryn Mawr. The concert features solos and duets by Tchaikovsky, Chopin, Canteloube, Rachmaninoff, Boyle, Ferré, Higdon, Cipullo, Lieberson and more – sung by two rising voice stars, soprano Magdalena Kuźma and mezzo-soprano Sun-Ly Pierce, who will present an evening “dawns, visions and dreams” in song. These two young artists are alumni of the Music Academy of the West – where co-founders Suzanne DuPlantis and Laura Ward first met and dreamed of creating a series of songs that would become Lyric Fest. Ward joins the concert on the piano.

“We’ve curated a program that both harnesses the strengths of these two incredible young singers, each widely recognized for their artistry, warmth and truly glorious vocals, and highlights important songs and moments from the band’s journey. Lyric Fest,” DuPlantis said. “Polish-American soprano Magdalena Kužma is a young artist in the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann program, and Chinese-American mezzo-soprano Sun-Ly Pierce is a studio artist at the Houston Grand Opera. Both are incredible ambassadors of songwriting. American and had works written especially for They met at the famous Music Academy of the West, like Laura and I, and it was there that we dreamed and planned to found a series of art songs together. It’s exciting to honor our debut in this way, with Magda and Sun-Ly.”

The upcoming Lyric Festival concert season continues with two performances of A Singer’s Singer – A Biography in Music of Winnaretta Singer, An American Patroness in Paris on Saturday, November 12, 2022 at 3:00 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, where Lyric Le festival began on Sunday, November 13, 2022 at 3:00 p.m. at Chestnut Hill Presbyterian Church.

Performance Details

Elysian Fields: Dawns, Dreams, Visions – A Celebration of Lyric Fest’s Beginnings
Sunday September 18, 2022 at 3:00 p.m.
The Vocal Arts Academy | 1920 Spruce Street | Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Tickets: $25 in advance purchase, $30 at the door

Elysian Fields: Dawns, Dreams, Visions – A Celebration of Lyric Fest’s Beginnings
Tuesday September 20, 2022 at 7:30 p.m.
Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church | 625 Montgomery Avenue | Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
Tickets: $25 in advance purchase, $30 at the door

Magdalena Kuźma, soprano
Sun-Ly Pierce, mezzo-soprano
Laura Ward, piano



TCHAÏKOVSKY: Рассвет (Dawn) – Opus 46, n° 6
Ound’ onoren gorda?
Obal din lou Limouzi
DVOŘÁK – Skromna, Opus 32, No. 8
BRAHMS – Die Boten der Liebe – Op. 61, no. 4.


Four Baudelaire Settings
LEO FÉRRE: The Death of Lovers
BENJAMIN CS BOYLE: Evening Harmony
LEO FÉRRE: The pipe


Ау! (The Quest), op. 38, No. 6
Сон (Dream), Op. 38, No. 5
Two New World Spanish Songs
PETER LIEBERSON: Ya eres mía. Rested con tu sueño en mi sueño, from Neruda Songs
XAVIER MONTSALVATGE: Canción de cuna para dormer a un negrito, from Cinco Canciones Negras


JAKE HEGGIE: Hummingbird Duo
JENNIFER HIGDON: Songs of the Moon
The night is still
The half moon shows a face of plaintive sweetness
TOM CIPULLO: The End of Summer
summer in autumn


EDWARD GERMAN: Restless River

About the lyrical festival
The Lyric Fest has been hailed in the press as “An irresistible blend of high artistry and human feeling…As entertaining as a well-run party” (Broad Street Review). Founded in 2003 with the goal of celebrating and revitalizing the art song tradition, it is the only performing arts organization in the mid-Atlantic region with a primary focus on song in all its varied expression.

Lyric Fest has produced and presented over 100 distinctly designed and curated concert programs. Each featured several artists of national and international stature sharing the song through theme and story, as well as the spoken word. The organization has defined the commissioning of new works as an integral part of its mission and programming philosophy. To date, Lyric Fest has commissioned an impressive set of over 200 New American Songs from many of the country’s top composers.

Lyric Fest is led by two of its founders, artistic directors Suzanne DuPlantis and Laura Ward. Known for its excellence and innovation in creating rich, thematic and accessible concerts, Lyric Fest performs throughout the Philadelphia area and has brought programs to Washington DC; Moorestown, New Jersey; Wilmington, DE; New Orleans, LA; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Brooklyn and New York, NY; and San Jose, California. Learn more about Lyric Fest at


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