Hats Off to Lyric's Operathon

Operathon 2016





How thrilling to have Lyric’s 62nd season begin just as the Chicago Cubs are gearing up for the playoffs!  The month of October is off to an incredible start for two of Chicago's winning teams!

To celebrate this confluence of operatic and athletic all-stars, Cubs Manager Joe Maddon appears on the cover of the Operathon 2016 catalog with the tagline, “All Hits, No Misses.”

He’s doffing a Cubbie blue Lyric baseball cap that goes beautifully with his stylin’ Cubs shirt. The cap also comes in red, and can be yours for just $20, along with lots of other great items being offered as premiums for your support.

On Saturday, October 15, from 9am to 7pm* the phone lines will be open and Operathon 2016 will broadcast live from Lyric’s Civic Opera House on 98.7WFMT (streamed on WFMT.com). A marvelous mix of artists from Lyric’s new season and behind-the-scenes staffers will engage in lively conversations about everything that Lyric does at the opera house and beyond. Musical interludes will be plentiful, highlighting operas and artists of current and past Lyric seasons.

Operathon 2016 supports the Education and Community Engagement Programs of Lyric Unlimited, which provides a broad, deep, and relevant cultural service to the Chicagoland area through a diverse range of programs and performances.

You can double the impact of your gift by donating during the many generous Challenge Grants occurring throughout the 10-hour broadcast by calling toll free 888-726-5700. Call early and often, and any of these delightful and useful gifts can be yours:

These items can also be purchased anytime from Lyric’s online OperaShop.

Go Team Lyric! And Go Cubs Go!!

*Previous Operathons have aired until midnight. This year, Operathon 2016 coincides with the opening night of Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, which will be broadcast live on 98.7WFMT starting at 7:15pm...hence the early conclusion of Lyric’s marathon radio fundraiser.

Additional opening-night broadcasts of Lyric’s 2016/17 season:

Les Troyens (Berlioz)
  Tues., Nov. 15 at 7:15 p.m.* (taped from 11/13) 
Don Quichotte (Massenet)
  Sat., Nov. 19 at 7:15pm 
The Magic Flute (Mozart)
  Sat., Dec.10 at 7:15pm 
Norma (Bellini)   Sat., Jan. 28 at 7:15pm 
Carmen (Bizet)   Sat., Feb. 11 at 7:15pm 
Eugene Onegin (Tchaikovsky)   Sun., Feb. 26 at 1:45pm 

Operathon 2016

Sir Andrew Davis Bobblehead

Ringhead Hat

Dragon Plush

Lyric Opera Cufflinks
Photo: Todd Rosenberg

Operathon 2016 is a project of Lyric Opera Chapters. Co-chairs are Claudia Winkler and Rick Greenman, and Chapters Executive Board president is Sherie Shapiro

Operathon 2016 is generously cosponsored by Walgreens and Ardmore Associates