Lyric Music & More: September 29

It can be challenging to create art that reflects the strange and difficult times we all are going through right now while still keeping things light and fun. In a performance of “Sull’aria… che soave zeffiretto” from Le nozze di Figaro, sopranos Renée Fleming and Julia Bullock have done just that. With clever editing from bass-baritone (and video wiz) Ryan McKinny, and piano accompaniment by Doug Peck, this segment was a true highlight from the virtual concert For the Love of Lyric. Enjoy this amusing video and then watch the full concert, streaming on YouTube and Facebook through December 12.

Plus, watch Mikaela Bennett sing “Somewhere” from West Side Story, learn about the Black violinist who inspired Beethoven, watch an all-star cast perform Leonard Bernstein’s “Take Care of this House,” and explore Lyric's Kids Corner as we celebrate Kids Music Day this Friday.

West Side Story: “Somewhere”

Mikaela Bennett is radiant in Bernstein’s West Side Story

Just a few days ago on September 26, the original Broadway production of West Side Story celebrated the 53rd anniversary of its premiere. In honor of this masterpiece of American musical theater, enjoy Mikaela Bennett singing “Somewhere” from Lyric’s blockbuster 2019 production.

The Black violinist who inspired Beethoven

A charismatic prodigy

Most people probably aren’t familiar with the name George Bridgetower, a young virtuosic violinist who inspired Beethoven to write one of his most famous violin sonatas. Learn more about this overlooked musician in a fascinating piece from The New York Times.

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“Take Care of this House”

A call to make your voice heard

In honor of National Voter Registration Day on September 21, an all-star cast of musicians gathered virtually to perform Leonard Bernstein's "Take Care of this House" from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Enjoy this moving performance, which features Lyric favorites Ailyn Pérez, J'Nai Bridges, Isabel Leonard, Lawrence Brownlee, Brian Jagde, Thomas Hampson, and many more with pianist Lara Downes.

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Friday is Kids Music Day

Discover fun & educational ways to engage the children in your life

Did you know that this Friday is Kids Music Day? Studies have shown that students who engage in the arts are proven to perform better scholastically. Now more than ever, it is important for children of all ages to have a creative outlet. Whether you're interested in exploring our digital Learning Resources designed to educate kids on individual operas, or some of our fun activities, we hope you'll find ways to educate, encourage discussion and discovery, and entertain through music at Lyric's Kids Corner!

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When a human being without amplification makes a sound that is high and loud, it is almost unworldly.

Renée Fleming

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