2017-2018 Other Season

Empower


An original opera from the hearts and minds of our city's youth.

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Empower


An original opera from the hearts and minds of our city's youth.

EMPOWER

An original opera from the hearts and minds of our city's youth.

Thursday, May 31
7:00pm
Lyric Opera House


In this world premiere, a group of South Side youth band together to change their neighborhood and fight against the negative media representation by a reporter obsessed with corruption. From redefining their own narrative to sharing what Chicago means to them, hear the stories and sounds of Chicago’s youth in this groundbreaking new work written by Ike Holter with music by Damien Sneed as it debuts on Chicago's biggest stage.

This performance is the culmination of EmpowerYouth!: Igniting Creativity through the Arts, a groundbreaking partnership between Lyric and the Chicago Urban League that immerses high school students in the creation and performance of an original opera. Students will perform their opera alongside opera stars Angela Brown and Will Liverman and a 10-piece orchestra, bringing this dynamic new work to Lyric audiences in a fully-staged and costumed opera performance.

Learn more about EmpowerYouth! and students' creation of an original opera that tells their stories as young people in Chicago.




EmpowerYouth! Igniting Creativity through the Arts is made possible by leadership support from the Centene Charitable Foundation, with additional support from the Lauter McDougal Charitable Fund, Eric and Deb Hirschfield, an Anonymous Donor, and the Eisen Family Foundation.

Lyric Unlimited was launched with major catalyst funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and receives major support from the Caerus Foundation, Inc.


Photos: Geoffrey Black

Featured Media

Damien Sneed on Empower

Composer Damien Sneed on EMPOWER!

Damien Sneed on Empower

Hear from some of the participants

Damien Sneed on Empower

Music Supervisor Kedrick Armstrong on EMPOWER!

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