Lyric Fest Presents, Kile Smith on Composing In This Blue Room, Waxing Poetic, John Thornton Films

Lyric Fest‘s composer in residence Kile Smith talks about his process in writing “Waxing Poetic, In This Blue Room“, a 45 minute song cycle. The music is based on 17 poems that are in turn based on the batik paintings of Laura Pritchard.

“The overall mission of Lyric Fest is to bring people together through the shared experience of song by offering to diverse audiences lively, theme-oriented voice recitals designed to edify, educate, stimulate dialogue, and foster community.” – About Lyric Fest

Kile Smith is Composer in Residence for Lyric Fest, the Helena Symphony, and the Church of the Holy Trinity on Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia. His music is praised by critics and audiences for its emotional power, direct appeal, and strong voice. Gramophone hailed the “sparkling beauty” of his music, calling Vespers “spectacular.” The Philadelphia Inquirer called it “ecstatically beautiful,” American Record Guide, “a major new work,” Audiophile Audition, “easily one of the best releases of the year of any type… a crime to pass up,” and Fanfare, “a magnificent achievement.” – About Kile Smith

Lyric Fest unveils an exciting new commission from LF’s first ever composer in residence, Kile Smith. This cross-fertilization of visual, poetic and musical arts features works of four Philadelphia poets inspired by Laura Pritchard’s imaginative paintings of fine-art batik. Join us for a unique and lively art happening ~ art viewing, poetry reading and musical premiere all wrapped in one. With baritone, David Teadt and mezzo soprano, Suzanne DuPlantis and Laura Ward, piano.” – Lyric Fest

Waxing Poetic, Laura PritchardWaxing PoeticLaura Pritchard, batik

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