Lyric Fest bridges the dis­tance with songs and visuals

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Lyric Fest blends visuals with sound for an immersive online experience. (Image courtesy of Lyric Fest.)
Lyric Fest blends visuals with sound for an immersive online experience. (Image courtesy of Lyric Fest.)

The Lyric Fest song series has produced a group of short videos that match tasteful, creative graphics with songs recorded at Lyric Fest concerts. Lyric Fest’s codirector, Suzanne DuPlantis, is a visual artist and mezzo-soprano, and the 25 videos combine the best of both arts. You can think of the videos as songs with graphic accompaniments, graphics with background music, or an enchanting combination of graphics and music. They work in all three modes.

The series is called Conquering Social Distancing One Song at a Time and you can watch it on YouTube.

Staying connected

For the songs in foreign languages, the translation appears on the graphics, synchronized with the music. Many of the English language songs include the text too—a helpful touch for listeners hearing a song for the first time.

The title is a play on Lyric Fest’s standard motto, “Connecting People Through Song.” The organization has been pursuing that objective for 15 years, with concerts that feature songs taken from the great global art song tradition, embellished by pieces from show music, folk traditions, and other sources. They’ve staged some of the most unpredictable programs and they’re still doing it now that they’ve been forced to move their show online.

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Lyric Fest presents Conquering Social Distancing One Song at a Time on YouTube. Find out more about Lyric Fest online.

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