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Lyric Opera of Chicago celebrates its 60th anniversary on the 6th with 2 events

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On September 6, Lyric Opera of Chicago is opening its doors to the Rice Grand Foyer of the Civic Opera House on 20 N. Wacker Drive for a costume sale from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. when the public can choose from more than 3,000 items, priced from $1 to $200. Admission to the sale is free, with a suggested donation of $5.

Then at 7:30 p.m., Lyric invites the public to its 14th annual Stars of Lyric Opera at Millennium Park concert at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion. The free concert features performances by sopranos Andriana Chuchman, Ana María Martínez, and Marina Rebeka; tenor Antonio Poli; baritones Mark Delavan and Mariusz Kwiecień; bass-baritones Kyle Ketelsen and Michael Sumuel; and bass Andrea Silvestrelli; as well as mezzo-soprano J’nai Bridges, and tenor John Irvin. Also performing are the Lyric Opera Orchestra and Chorus led by Music Director Sir Andrew Davis.

The concert will include selections from Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Puccini’s Tosca, Verdi’s Rigoletto and Macbeth, Mascagni’s Iris, and Wagner’s Tannhäuser.

“I’m delighted that our magnificent soloists, orchestra, and chorus—conducted by Sir Andrew—will be heard by an enormous and appreciative audience, both in the beautiful Pritzker Pavilion and Millennium Park grounds and on the radio broadcast,” notes Anthony Freud, Lyric’s general director. “It’s a great way to start Lyric’s 60th-anniversary season, and also to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Millennium Park.”

The show will also feature members of the United States Air Force Band of Mid-America during a pre-concert performance beginning at 6:45 p.m., which will be broadcast live on 98.7WFMT and wfmt.com. 98.7WFMT host Suzanne Nance is slated to co-host the Stars of Lyric Opera at Millennium Park concert.

Audience members may access subtitles to the lyrics performed in the show on their mobile devices via lyricoperalive.org. Lyric will also post live updates on Facebook and Twitter during the September 6 concert at facebook.com/lyricopera and @LyricOpera.

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