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Tom Purdom reviews “It’s Elementary”

Tom Purdom’s review of It’s Elementary was published yesterday in the Broad Street Review. Here are a few brief quotes to entice you to follow the link (click here) so you can read the whole, elegantly written, review. The lineup’s 21 songs were distributed among four appealing young vocalists. Soprano Meryl Dominguez and tenor Jonas […]

Press coverage of “Music in the White House”

“Music in the White House” presented on January 28 and 29, 2017, received two write-ups in the local press. Ronnie Polaneczky, writing for the Philadelphia Inquirer “Speaking with feet, hearts, and voices” (Article) Excerpt: […] about 250 Philadelphians on the other side of town were moved to tears during a Rittenhouse Square concert called “Music […]


4. Music hath charms… The year was 1914 and the world stood on the brink of its first World War. Woodrow Wilson had just held a formal diplomatic dinner for the Central Powers at the White House. Harpist Melville Clark had provided the music for the evening. And this is what happened at the end of […]


3. Today, A Dirge Need I say more?  I need not, but I think I will. Abraham Lincoln (O Captain, my Captain) loved opera. His favorite one was Flotow’s “Martha.” He loved it so very much that he had it staged for his inauguration. So, on this day, so full of precedence and history, I give you […]


 White House image by Dan Kessler, 2. Winter in the White House This embedded YouTube clip is almost All-American. An American President (Jimmy Carter) invites a world renowned American opera singer (Leontyne Price) to the White House and she sings a new song composed for her by an American composer (Dominick Argento) and the president had […]


    White House image by Dan Kessler, The Music of Richard Nixon and Pearl Bailey What a time to be presenting Music in the White House! No, really… what BETTER time to be presenting Music in the White House? Having spent the last few months immersing myself in presidential history and the story that music […]

Lyric Fest Presents Letters to Santa

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact Lari Robling 215 978 6933 Lyric Fest Presents Letters to Santa Kick Off the Holiday Season with a Happy Hour and Mini Concert In a new concert format that combines a happy hour with a week night mini concert, Lyric Fest starts the holiday season Tuesday, December 6th, 2016 […]

Two reviews of I Hear America Singing

Two reviews of last weekend’s I Hear America Singing concert appeared today. One, written by Michael Caruso, [link] appeared in the Chestnut Hill Local. The other review, written by Tom Purdom, [link], appeared in the Broad Street Review. Both reviews make great reading and have many remarks that warmed our hearts. Here are some snippets, to […]


Coyotes by Ricky Ian Gordon, to a poem by Ray Underwood “I understand you, coyotes. I understand the way you croon. I never did before, Before I hungered for his kisses, Underneath an amber moon…”   I love this song. A century ago when I was a young singer I went to a music festival in […]


Lady of the Harbor    by Lee Hoiby (from The New Colossus, by Emma Lazarus, as it appears on the Statue of Liberty) “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses, yearning to breathe free. The wretched refuse of your teeming shore, Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside […]