May 25, 2021

Lyric Music & More: May 25

For many, today is a day of solemn remembrance, the anniversary of the death of George Floyd. Reflecting on these events can be a painful reminder of the difficult year we’ve had and the issues we continue to face as a society. While no song can fully heal these wounds, we hope that through music, you may find some peace as you move through the days ahead. In that spirit, we share Ryan Opera Center alumna Whitney Morrison singing "His Eye is on the Sparrow" and "My Tribute" from the Lyric virtual concert Lawrence Brownlee & Friends: The Next Chapter

Plus, watch the animated children’s video Exquisite from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, explore the moving stories of the Asian American and Pacific Islander community as told through song, listen to Ailyn Pérez’s playlist, and learn more about the opera Florencia en el Amazonas.

CSO for Kids: Exquisite

Part of Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s CSO for Kids series, Exquisite brings to life the story of Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Gwendolyn Brooks with illustrations by Cozbi A. Cabrera and music by Florence Price, performed by musicians from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. 

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"Beckoning: A Playlist of AAPI Joy, Sorrow, Rage and Resistance"

Join us in reflecting on the powerful voices and stories of the AAPI community through this eclectic playlist from the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center. Read about and listen to the diverse ways music is used for affirmation and consolation, as a call to action, and to find joy.

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Get to know Florencia en el Amazonas

In the 2021/22 Season, audiences will have the opportunity to see the Lyric premiere of Daniel Catán’s Florencia en el Amazonas, the first Spanish-language work to be presented as part of Lyric’s mainstage opera season. Learn more about this magnificent, lushly romantic opera.

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Ailyn Pérez shares a playlist of her favorite music

Chicago native and star of Lyric’s upcoming production of The Elixir of Love, Ailyn Pérez has a special place in her heart for bolero and mariachi traditions. Listen to a playlist of some of her favorite Latin American and Spanish vocal music that she put together for WFMT.

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Welcome to the 2021/22 Season

Subscriptions are now available for the 2021/22 Season. Explore the thrilling lineup of operas and subscribe today.


Photos: Lyric Opera of Chicago, John Lamparski/Getty Images, Lynn Lane/Houston Grand Opera, Todd Rosenberg, Cory Weaver/LA Opera  

Illustration: Cozbi A. Cabrera