I recently had the pleasure of attending one of Holy City Arts and Lyric Opera’s Social Distance-SING!s. As we waited for the performance to begin, adults chatted from a distance, while their children nearby were wholly focused on their play. At once, the singing began, and the children stopped in their tracks. Bodies stood focused and mesmerized with the beauty of what we were hearing, some for the first time. What struck us all was that in the midst of our neighborhood, there was something both powerful and familiar in this music. Grandparents stepped out of their homes to take it all in, and children found a new way to connect with others around them, asking questions and learning about opera. We all felt connected to the amazing talent pouring out of Leah and Dimitri, who engaged even the smallest children in conversation afterward. Holy City Arts and Lyric Opera is truly a multi-generational gift to the Lowcountry!
— Rachel Lessard
It’s difficult to put into words the spiritual experience that music is for me. Music provides the outlet for tears and laughter and even a creative place for anger. HALO concerts have reminded me of this. To hear beautiful voices and accompaniment and again to realize that these gifts are coming from these wonderful folks reminds me once again what magnificent creatures we all are. Again, hard to put into words. If you haven’t heard, then you must. It is life giving. Thanks Dimitri and Leah.
— Elaine Lehr
Truth be told, I was not looking forward to this birthday… stuck at home, I was ready for a pity party instead of a birthday party. Thanks to you, this year’s birthday exceeded all my expectations. Your beautiful voices were absolutely awesome! You gave me a birthday memory to treasure for a lifetime: sheer joy!
— Kathy Coffmann
I had the most uplifting, positive day after the Social Distance-SING! concert. I smiled the rest of the day because of how beautiful it was. It brought so much joy.
— Karen Plaehn
I’ve been watching the live stream opera with The Met every day and I would never have expected this on my front porch on Gadsden Street.
— Mark Bloom
A huge shoutout to Dimitri and Leah for sharing the gift of music. Their Social Distance-SING!s have brought not only joy, but also a measure of comfort to our neighborhood as we all navigate through this uncertain time. Dimitri and Leah’s incredible talent coupled with their obvious passion for their art has inspired me (admittedly a novice) to further explore and enjoy the world of opera!
— Ginny Jones