October 06, 2022

Lyric Music & More: October 6

To convincingly play the role of Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof requires boundless charisma, magnetic stage presence, and a strong singing voice. Lyric has found those special qualities in Broadway veteran Steven Skybell, who “brings him brilliantly to life with a perfect combination of whimsy, depth and humanity and the right kind of big, all-embracing voice to animate his songs” (Chicago Sun-Times). Watch as he performs the iconic song “If I Were a Rich Man,” where Tevye asks God just what would have been so terrible if he had a small fortune.

Plus, read up on this weekend's Renée Fleming concert The Brightness of Light, get to know Le Comte Ory, watch Joshua Guerrero sing “Ah! La paterna mano,” see Lawrence Brownlee in Beyond the Aria, get ready for spooktacular fun with the Halloween Masquerade, explore Chicago’s art scene with Chicago Gallery News, and see the Illinois Holocaust Museum’s latest exhibit.

Kevin Puts on his work The Brightness of Light

This Saturday, October 8, see Renée Fleming and Rod Gilfry perform the Chicago premiere of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Kevin Puts’s The Brightness of Light, plus a delightful selection of Broadway tunes. Learn about the origins of the piece and more in the composer’s note.

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Get to know Le Comte Ory

Rossini’s Le Comte Ory opens November 13 at Lyric. In this hilarious comedic opera, the amorous Count Ory (Lawrence Brownlee) goes to great lengths attempting to woo the virtuous Countess Adèle (Kathryn Lewek). Learn more about the story and this new production in this short article.

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Lawrence Brownlee in Beyond the Aria

Beyond the Aria returns this fall to the Harris Theater. On October 12 tenor Lawrence Brownlee, who stars in Le Comte Ory this November, will perform along with Ryan Opera Center soprano Kathryn Henry, tenor Lunga Eric Hallam and pianist Craig Terry. Tickets are $60.


Eat, drink, and be scary at the Halloween Masquerade

Join the Lyric Young Professionals on Saturday, October 29 for the Halloween Masquerade. Dance the night away in the Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Grand Foyer, all while enjoying an open bar, hors d'oeuvres, and a DJ. Reserve your tickets today for a night of frightful fun.


Chicago Gallery News

Interested in getting to know the visual arts scene around Chicago? Chicago Gallery News is a woman-owned small business and a great resource for exploring art galleries and institutions across the city. Chicago Gallery News is now accepting print subscriptions for 2023.


Chim: Between Devastation and Resurrection

Now open, Illinois Holocaust Museum's newest special exhibition, Chim: Between Devastation and Resurrection, focuses on David "Chim" Seymour’s photographs of post-World War II reconstruction in Europe, European elections, the effect of the war on children, and the birth of the new State of Israel. This exhibition is included with general admission.


Photos: Todd Rosenberg, David White, Jacob F. Lucas/Seattle Opera, Ken Howard, Shervin Lainez, Fox + Harrison