September 18, 2020

Lyric Music & More: February 16

There’s nothing quite like the driving percussive rhythms of “El Cumbanchero” (“The Fun-Lover”) to shake off the winter blues, especially during Mardi Gras week! Ryan Opera Center Music Director Craig Terry’s arrangement of the song by Rafael Hernández Marín capped off Pasión Latina with a “nearly explosive finale” (Chicago Tribune). It’s just the thing to get you moving and grooving, even on a chilly, snowy day. Once you’ve seen this clip, you’ll want to dive in and watch Pasión Latina in its entirety, streaming free on Lyric’s YouTube and Facebook channels.

Plus, hear from the stars of Sole e Amore about their experience singing with Music Director Designate Enrique Mazzola at the piano, dive into Gospel music with WFMT host and Lyric Unlimited Coordinator LaRob Payton, see what Lyric is offering for students, and stream our video documentary, Creating The Factotum.

Sole e Amore: The Ryan Opera Center’s Voyage of Discovery

With the upcoming virtual performance Sole e Amore, members of the Ryan Opera Center Ensemble had their first opportunity to work directly with Music Director Designate Enrique Mazzola. Hear from members Katherine DeYoung, Maria Novella Malfatti, and Katherine Beck about their experience.

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Faith, Identity, and Songs: Celebrating the Blackness of Gospel Music

WFMT host and Lyric Unlimited Coordinator LaRob Payton dives into Gospel music and its significance within the Black community and American culture at large. Check out LaRob’s playlist and article, and tune in tonight and tomorrow at 9:00 pm for a two-part, four-hour PBS documentary with Henry Louis Gates, Jr., entitled The Black Church: This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song.

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Streaming for Students: Jason and the Argonauts

Are there young people in your life who love music? Lyric is offering free streaming of the opera Jason and the Argonauts, perfect for grades 3-6, from March 15 to 26. Teachers and students can sign up now to stream the opera and receive online classroom resources.


Photos: Lyric Opera of Chicago, Kyle Flubacker, Gordon Parks, Todd Rosenberg