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Lynx Project: Amplify Series 20-21 Premieres Concert
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Lynx Project: Amplify Series 20-21 Premieres Concert

Thu, April 22, 2021 6:50 PM, CDT

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LYNX’s Amplify Series sets the poetry and prose of neurodivergent individuals to music as contemporary classical song. Amplify advocates for the voices of neurodivergent individuals, and adds important new repertoire to this classical vocal music genre. LYNX is a nonprofit art song organization that celebrates diverse voices through newly commissioned song and connects communities through inclusive concerts and innovative educational programming.

Writers whose poetry and prose is featured in this year’s musical commissions are Aiden Levy, Pablo Hernandez, Mitchell Robins, and Benjamin Smidt. These young writers are primarily non-speaking, and use alternative methods of communication including letterboarding.

The songs that feature their words include new commissions by Chicago composers Nico Gutierrez, Michelle Isaac, Liza Sobel, Pierce Gradone, and Mike McFerron, and are performed by soprano Kristina Bachrach, mezzo soprano Leah Dexter, baritone Nicholas Ward, and pianist Daniel Baer.


Kristina Bachrach Soprano
Leah Dexter Mezzo Soprano
Nicholas Ward

In the Depths by Pierce Gradone / text by Benjamin Smidt

I Love You by Liza Sobel Crane / text by Mitchell Robins

Hope! by Michelle Isaac / text by Benjamin Smidt

I. Trapped
II. Faith
III. Hopeful
IV. Freed
V. Beauty

Weather Songs by Mike McFerron / text by Aiden Levy
What is in a Wind Sound
The Clouds were Piling

Having Words That Learn to Fit by Nico Gutierrez / text by Pablo Hernandez
Nighttime Meeting by Nico Gutierrez / text by Pablo Hernandez
Have a Happy Mind by Nico Gutierrez / text by Pablo Hernandez


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Steven Humes, 5 months ago

Truly excited for this event!

Caitleen Kahn, 5 months ago

6:50-7:05PM CDT pre-concert Zoom hosted by Groupmuse. Tune in to meet the performers and composers!

7:05PM CDT concert stream begins

8:10pm CDT concert finishes and we return to Zoom for a post-concert virtual celebration!

Caitleen Kahn, 5 months ago

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Caitleen Kahn, 5 months ago

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Thank you!



Tina Dexter
Carla Balzun
Benton Hess
Angela Born
Leah Dexter
Marty Magnini
Aditi Sinha
Reed Middleman
Dawn Colquhoun
Thereza Lituma
Susan Robins
Shelia Jordan-Pope
Eileen Byrne Richards
Jeannine Marie
Lindsey Gradone
Liza Sobel
Cornel Giuca
Kyle Searson
Lisa Fedder
Jonathan Hannau
Victoria Popritkin
K Hogan
Sirui and Abby
Olivia Skaff
Hannah Holmes
Catherine Wyler
Teresa Ann Claire
Emily Costa
Solomon Rakhman
Linda Koenig (for 1)
Alex Richey
Karen sobel
Ashling Buttimer Smidt
Quinn Middleman
Randi Stern
Christina Giuca
Colleen Delaney
Nico Gutierrez
Pierce Gradone
Lisa Witt
Christy Levy
Karen Bachrach
Ben Krause
Jennifer Keating
Susan Osborn
Amy Burnham Greiner
Florence Mak
Megan Moore
Kathy Hogan McGill
Steven Humes
Mike McFerron
Caitleen Kahn
Jan Opalach
Anne-Marie Giuca
Anne M
Emily Dorian
Spencer Frie
Joelle Lamarre
Terry Dexter
Piet Levy
Maureen M Fox
Aaron Basch
Denise Bossingham
Catherine Taylor
Suellen Burns
Zach Weber
Martha Brennan
Katie Masotti
Mary Hogan
Michelle Isaac
Cori Humes
Mike Evans
Kara Kennison
Marcy Basch
Alok Sinhasan
Marilyn kaplan
Anthony McGill
Loreen Hernandez
Margaret J Kahn