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February 20, 2018 7:30PM
Cycles of My Being
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February 20, 2018 7:30PM


World Premiere

Music by Tyshawn Sorey
Lyrics by Terrance Hayes

Cycles of My Being, a song cycle exploring the realities of life as a black man in America, receives its world premiere performance at Opera Philadelphia. This one-night-only event is the work of a dynamic trio linked through classical music and jazz: composer Tyshawn Sorey, a “prodigious multi-instrumentalist and composer” who “transcends the borders of jazz, classical, and experimental music” (The New Yorker); lyricist Terrance Hayes, “a vital voice that explores race and art and the roving power of language” (NPR); and Opera Philadelphia Artistic Advisor Lawrence Brownlee, one of “the world's leading bel canto tenors” (The Associated Press).

“I’m honored to be working with the extraordinary talents of Tyshawn and Terrance on this new song cycle, and I’m grateful to Opera Philadelphia, Carnegie Hall, and Lyric Unlimited for making it possible,” said Brownlee, who will be accompanied by four instrumentalists. “In these divided times, we hope to create something that brings people together with mutual respect, understanding, and communication across races and generations.”

Commissioned by Opera Philadelphia, Carnegie Hall, and Lyric Unlimited: A Division of Lyric Opera of Chicago

Support for Cycles of My Being provided by the Howard and Sarah D. Solomon Foundation. Support for Lawrence Brownlee provided by Ann Ziff and Beth and Gary Glynn.

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