September 18, 2020

Lyric Music & More: December 22

The TV special How the Grinch Stole Christmas became an instant classic after its original airing in 1966, and has since found a special place in the hearts of many. With original lyrics by Dr. Seuss himself, one of the most memorable parts of the special is the song “You’re a mean one, Mr. Grinch.” The unforgettable booming bass voice of Thurl Ravenscroft brings out the wry humor of the song, with its increasingly creative taunts. As part of the Ryan Opera Center at Work series, second-year Ensemble member and bass Anthony Reed delivers a faithfully punchy and humorous take on the song, likely to curl your lips into a grinchy smile of delight.

Plus, see what an extraordinary year tenor Lawrence Brownlee has had, listen to holiday music from around the world, find some inspiration with Lyric’s staff seasonal cookie extravaganza, solve a festive crossword puzzle, and see our streaming picks for next week.

Ryan Opera Center At Work: “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch”

Listen to classic holiday music from around the world

An interactive musical map

Curious about holiday music from outside the U.S.? Smithsonian Folkways has a unique tool to explore samples of 56 different holiday songs from 24 nations. Maybe you’ll even find a new favorite song to add to your holiday playlist.


Lyric favorites: holiday treats

Peruse these delectable delights

What would the holidays be without some sweet treats? Lyric staff members have shared their favorite recipes for cookies and other treats to enjoy this season. Check them out and try one for yourself!

Ready, set, bake!

Art on theMART: Joffrey’s The Nutcracker

A spectacular display, free for the public

This year audiences can enjoy Joffrey Ballet’s The Nutcracker in a different way, projected in a larger-than-life display on the south facade of the Merchandise Mart building as part of Art on theMART. The video Nutcracker will be screened nightly from 7 until 7:30 p.m. through Dec. 30. Watch a preview of the show, and make plans to see it in person.

Sneak a peek

Tender Strength

Tenor Lawrence Brownlee is an eloquent voice for racial equity and inclusion in classical music

Lawrence Brownlee has had quite a year. In addition to hosting Lawrence Brownlee & Friends: The Next Chapter and numerous other performance engagements, he’s started a virtual book club focused on systemic racism and has launched the video series “The Sitdown with LB.” Find out more about what Brownlee is working on now in this article from Opera News and watch Lawrence Brownlee & Friends: The Next Chapter in full before it expires next month!

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Week of December 28: Streaming opportunities

Ring in the new year with opera

If you didn't catch Pasión Latina, join the thousands who have and watch the full concert, available now to stream on Facebook and YouTube. Plus find more opera streams from around the world in our weekly streaming guide.

Kick it off

Photos: Courtesy Joffrey Ballet, Kyle Flubacker, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Motion Island