April 02, 2020

Lyric Family Favorites: July 31

We’re still buzzing with excitement over Sunday’s thrilling virtual concert. The passion and musicianship that came through in each of the artists’ incredible performances was palpable, and to see so many fans showing their appreciation in the comments was truly gratifying. In one of many unforgettable moments, baritone and Ryan Opera Center alumnus Will Liverman sang Chicago-based composer Shawn E. Okpebholo’s “Two Black Churches,” which ended with “a shattering climax followed by hushed grief” (Chicago Tribune).

Prior to the concert, the singer and composer sat down for an absorbing conversation over Zoom. Learn more about the relationship between these two artists and their respective careers, and if you haven’t already, make sure to watch Lawrence Brownlee & Friends: The Next Chapter in full. Plus, take a look at life backstage with one of Lyric’s dedicated philanthropy officers, test your knowledge of composers with a fun quiz from WFMT, and check out next week’s streaming opportunities.

Ryan Opera Center in Conversation: Shawn E. Okpebholo and Will Liverman

Join in a conversation with Ryan Opera Center Alumnus Will Liverman and Chicago composer Shawn E. Okpebholo as they discuss "TWO BLACK CHURCHES" for the upcoming virtual concert event.




All art is but imitation of nature.

Lucius Annaeus Seneca

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The situation right now for the arts is dire. As Congress debates the next round of COVID relief, we encourage you to contact your elected officials in support of strong federal support for the arts. You can read more at Arts Alliance Illinois Covid Relief Policy Agenda for the Arts and send an email to your elected officials here. We need your voice and your support!

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