September 18, 2020

Lyric Music & More: February 23

As we celebrate Black History Month, we honor the depth and breadth of Black artistry with the rousing finale of Lyric’s virtual concert, Lawrence Brownlee and Friends: The Next Chapter. This uplifting piece features the entire cast, including Whitney Morrison, J’Nai Bridges, Lawrence Brownlee, Martin Luther Clark, Lunga Eric Hallam, Leroy Davis, and Will Liverman singing the beloved spiritual “Every Time I Feel the Spirit.” It may be cold outside, but this jubilant melody is sure to warm and inspire you. We hope you'll be tempted to watch the entire performance, whether for the first time or on repeat. Enjoy!

Plus, watch the full performance Sole e Amore free on demand, hear an interview with baritone Will Liverman about his just-released album, watch a new Beyond the Aria virtual concert, and stream Lyric’s full Orphée et Eurydice on PBS’s Great Performances.

Did you catch Sole e Amore on Sunday?

Sole e Amore (Sun and Love) had its premiere Sunday, and you can now watch the entire concert on Lyric’s YouTube and Facebook channels. Don’t miss these outstanding performances from the members of the Ryan Opera Center Ensemble and Maestro Enrique Mazzola.

Will Liverman Dreams of a New Day: Songs by Black Composers

In an interview with NPR's Noel King, baritone Will Liverman talks about his career in opera, the pioneering composer and singer Henry Burleigh, and the story behind his new album Dreams of a New Day: Songs by Black Composers. The Ryan Opera Center alumnus is also the co-creator of a new opera, The Factotum.

Get the full scoop

Tune in: Beyond the Aria at Harris Theater

Tonight, watch the virtual premiere of a new Beyond the Aria program featuring soprano Janai Brugger, baritone Will Liverman, mezzo-soprano Kathleen Felty (a second-year Ryan Opera Center member), and Beyond the Aria Artistic Director Craig Terry, pianist.

Go beyond

Watch Orphée et Eurydice

Watch a full performance of Lyric’s thrilling 2017/18 production of Orphée et Eurydice, with The Joffrey Ballet, from PBS’s Great Performances. The production was directed, choreographed, and designed by the legendary John Neumeier and includes principal dancers from The Joffrey Ballet.

Stream free

Photos: Lyric Opera of Chicago, Kyle Flubacker, Suzanne Vinnik, Dario Acosta, Todd Rosenberg