Lyric Family Favorites: January 15

If you're headed into this January weekend craving a soothing song, Maria is here for you. Enjoy this rendition of the wistful "Somewhere" from Lyric's 2019 production of West Side Story, featuring Mikaela Bennett as Maria. Leonard Bernstein's graceful melody borrows a phrase from the slow second movement of Beethoven's Emperor Concerto, which melds beautifully with Stephen Sondheim's evocative lyrics in one of Broadway's most memorable songs.

Then, read on for programs that the Art Institute of Chicago offers to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, including a new video work by interdisciplinary artist avery r. young, who will write the texts for and narrate Lyric’s Spring 2021 production of Twilight: Gods; mark your calendar to watch members of our Ryan Opera Center in upcoming programs; and read about opera streams from around the world that you can enjoy from your own home.

West Side Story: “Somewhere” performed by Mikaela Bennett

Martin Luther Clark and Leroy Davis in conversation

Two emerging artists

First-year Ryan Opera Center Ensemble members Martin Luther Clark and Leroy Davis come together for a conversation this Monday, January 18, on Black Opera Live. Tune in from 6-8pm CT this Monday on their YouTube channel to watch live or stream it on-demand at a later date.

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day at the Art Institute

Music, poetry, and more

The Art Institute of Chicago honors the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a variety of live and recorded programs, including a new video work by interdisciplinary artist avery r. young (narrator and text writer for Lyric’s upcoming Twilight: Gods) and filmmaker Amir George.

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Vivaldi’s Four Seasons

A virtual concert live from the North Shore Center

Chicago’s Music of the Baroque Orchestra presents Vivaldi’s Four Seasons with Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center alumnus Christopher Kenney reading the original sonnets Vivaldi penned for these concertos. Tickets are available now for live or on-demand streaming.

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Week of January 18: Streaming opportunities

Our top picks from the wide world of opera streaming

This week watch world-class productions from San Francisco Opera, a new work from Missy Mazzoli, plus two operas and a virtual concert starring Lawrence Brownlee from Houston Grand Opera.

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Photos: Lyric Opera of Chicago, Simon Pauly, Todd Rosenberg, Robert Sengstacke