Com­ing up in Philly music: Lyric Fest and Singing City explore the music of migration

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Lyric Fest and Singing City performing at Music in the White House. (Photo by Dimitrios Diamantaras)
Lyric Fest and Singing City performing at Music in the White House. (Photo by Dimitrios Diamantaras)

Immigration has become a popular subject with local music organizations but you can assume the Lyric Fest song series will give it a special twist. Lyric Fest will celebrate America’s polyglot history with a program that features songs from every corner of the globe, sung by three soloists who embody our country’s unpredictable mixtures of traditions and ancestry.

Cuban-born American soprano Maria Aleida will be featured in songs from Cuba, Ecuador and Great Britain. Korean-born American mezzo-soprano Misoon Ghim will sing songs from Korea, Germany, Great Britain, and Russia. American baritone Jared Bybee will sing songs from Russia, Argentina, France and America.

Lyric Fest will once again collaborate with the Singing City Choir, a partnership that has produced memorable historical programs such as “Music from the White House” and “Journey Toward Freedom—a History of the Civil Rights Movement.” Singing City will present choral works by four young composers along with pieces by American masters such as Jester Hairston, the author of several hit songs and the score for the movie Lilies of the Field.

What, When, Where:

Lyric Fest will present “The Road Less Traveled” on October 5 at 4pm at Haddonfield United Methodist Church, 29 Warwick Road, Haddonfield and Sunday October 6 at 3pm at Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral, 23 South 38th Street, Philadelphia. Tickets are $25 online, $30 at the door, and $10 for students.

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