Get the most out of your streaming experience

On Sunday, July 26, Lyric and The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center are excited to bring you a free virtual concert: Lawrence Brownlee and Friends: The Next Chapter. Keep reading to see how you can get the most out of your streaming experience.

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How and where to watch

Lawrence Brownlee and Friends: The Next Chapter will premiere on Sunday, July 26 at 6pm CDT on Lyric's Facebook and YouTube. If you'd like to be reminded when the stream is about to go live, click "Set Reminder" on YouTube to be notified via email when the premiere begins. By clicking "Get Reminder" on Facebook, you will receive a notification 30 minutes before it begins and again when the concert goes live. You can also sign up for our email reminder to receive a tune-in alert on Sunday afternoon.

For the best viewing experience, we recommend streaming the video on your smart television’s YouTube app or using a Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV Stick, or Apple TV device. Subscribe to Lyric Opera of Chicago on YouTube to easily locate the video at showtime. To stream from a phone or computer through Google Chromecast or Apple TV, make sure you are connected to the same wifi network and are on the correct television input. Finally, click the stream button (illustrated below), on your phone, tablet, or computer, and the video should appear on your TV. Once the video is playing, you can use your computer or phone to interact with the live chat or follow along with the online program information.

How to watch YouTube on TV with Chromecast, Cast, and Airplay

You do not need a YouTube or Facebook account to watch the concert on a desktop computer, but you will need to create an account or log in to comment on the video. To watch the concert on a tablet or smartphone, we recommend downloading and signing in to the YouTube or Facebook app (instead of streaming in your device's internet browser). The larger the screen, the more immersive your streaming experience will be.

Follow along with on-screen captions

On-screen captions are available for all spoken remarks and, with English translations, for all foreign language selections. To turn captions on or off on your computer, click the “closed caption” (cc) button in the lower right corner of the video on YouTube. When you have the video pulled up in your smart TV’s YouTube app, use your remote control to arrow down and over to the "cc" option, select it, and arrow over to turn on the captions. On Facebook, captions can be found under settings (the gear icon) in the lower-right corner of the video on your computer, or under the three dots in the upper right-hand corner in the Facebook app. English translations or lyrics will also be available for each piece under program notes.

Join the conversation

If you are logged in to your Facebook or YouTube account, you will be able to join in the live chat throughout the concert. We encourage you to share your favorite moments, send a “bravo” to the artists, or share your feelings with emoji reactions in the live chat on YouTube and comment section on Facebook. If you have questions about the repertoire or artists during the concert, Lyric staff will be on hand to respond in the chat.

If you find the chat distracting, you can turn it off on both Facebook and YouTube. You also have the option to pop out the chat on YouTube to view it in a separate window if you're watching on a computer. To turn the live chat on and off while streaming through your smart TV's YouTube app, arrow down on your remote control to access captions and live chat. You won't be able to comment from your remote, but you can chime in from a separate device. If you are watching on your phone's Facebook app, simply swipe right on the video to hide the comments (and swipe left to bring them back); if you're watching on Facebook in an internet browser, click the "Quiet Mode" button (it looks like a speech bubble) in the lower right-hand corner of the video screen to hide all comments and reactions.

How to host your own Facebook Watch Party

While you can't gather together with friends in the theater, you can host your own Watch Party on Facebook. To watch this concert with friends, you can click "invite friends to join" on Lyric's post. If you'd like to discuss the concert in real-time with your own chat room, you can host a Watch Party. Just as you'd share a status on Facebook, you click "Watch Party" and search for Lawrence Brownlee and Friends: The Next Chapter.

Once you've selected the video, invite your friends and share the Watch Party to your timeline. As the host, you have the ability to pause and rewind the video. You won't see the larger stream's comments, only those from your smaller group. When the Watch Party ends, a recap video including all comments will be saved as a post on your timeline. You can also include additional videos in your Watch Party. We recommend starting your evening by watching one or more of the "Ryan Opera Center in Conversation" videos—each approximately 30 minutes—before the concert goes live at 6pm.

Learn about the program

To find information on the program and artists performing, visit our Program Notes. Read through each page in advance to familiarize yourself with the repertoire being performed and/or follow along throughout the concert.

We hope you enjoy this special program. Now and always, we are grateful to have you watching with us as part of the Lyric family!