Lyric Fest to Present ‘My Letter to the World’

By Nicolas Quiroga

Lyric Fest will present two performances of “My Letter to the World” on Dec. 11 at Chestnut Hill Presbyterian Church and on Dec. 12, 2021 at the Academy of Vocal Arts.

The showcase, which focuses on the life and work of Emily Dickinson, will star soprano Christine Lyons, mezzo-soprano Pascale Spinney, tenor Aaron Crouch, and baritone Gregory Feldmann. Joining them will be Lyric Fest co-founders and artistic directors, Laura Ward on piano and Suzanne DuPlantis as the narrator.

Audiences will hear songs by such composers as Arthur Farwull, Aaron Copland, Andre Previn, Daron Hagen, Lori Laitman, Richard Hundlet, Logan Skelton, Scott Gendel and Jake Heggie, among others.

“Dickinson died with nearly 1,800 poems locked in a chest, written in notebooks, on cards, and scribbled onto envelopes with their glue seams pressed open. The vast majority of these poems were completely unknown to the world. Lyric Fest shares the story of the beguiling life of one of America’s most notable and beloved poets,” DuPlantis said in a press statement.