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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

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, over 1 year ago

Truly excited for this event!

Caitleen Kahn, over 1 year 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, over 1 year ago

You can view the program for tonight's event at this link:

Caitleen Kahn, over 1 year ago

Thank you to all who attended this event! We were so grateful to have the opportunity to share this music with you. To help us continue this work, please fill out our short survey here:
Thank you!


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