June 18, 2020

Lyric Music & More: June 19

June 19, 2020

We’ve taken a hiatus from our regular emails over the last few weeks – because it’s felt like a time to let other messages rise to the top of your inbox. Messages of safety during a global pandemic. Messages supporting racial equity during a pivotal moment for change. We hope there have been messages of love, support, and kindness among friends and family and colleagues who have been separated by stay-at-home orders for too long.

This week we also shared the message that, as a result of state and local health policies, we’ve cancelled Lyric’s fall performances. Though we’re extremely sad that we can’t welcome you back in September, we’re grateful to be connected here, and you can count on more artistic content and new activities in the coming months.

And so we return to our weekly emails today, on Juneteenth, a holiday that commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. This week, and going forward, Lyric will be sharing more content that amplifies voices of color. You can learn more about Chicago native and New York Philharmonic clarinetist Anthony McGill’s #TakeTwoKnees movement, watch a Juneteenth concert this evening at 5:30pm as presented by the Rebuild Foundation (Lyric’s partner in programming around the presentation of our premiere of Blue), or plan to tune in later this evening to hear the divine Leontyne Price perform in La forza del destino from the Metropolitan Opera. If you’re looking for more Lyric this weekend, we’re also sharing a link to watch Lyric's production of Orphée et Eurydice, with The Joffrey Ballet, streaming on PBS until Monday. We wish you a weekend filled with beautiful and meaningful music.





Creativity and artistic endeavors have a mission that goes far beyond just making music for the sake of music.

Herbie Hancock

Last week, Lyric invited you to provide feedback on how Lyric can join with communities of color as we take action that supports racial equity. We pledge to continue listening, if you’d like to share your thoughts.

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Photos: Winnie Klotz/Metropolitan Opera, Todd Rosenberg, Matthew Septimus