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Tyshawn Sorey, Terrance Hayes and Lawrence Brownlee premiere new song cycle in Philadelphia

Cycles of My Being explores the realities of life as a black man in America

February sees the premiere of the new work Cycles Of My Being. Composed by multi-instrumentalist and composer Tyshawn Sorey, lyricist Terrance Hayes and Opera Philadelphia Artistic Advisor Lawrence Brownlee, it’s a song cycle exploring the experiences of living as a black man in America.

“In these divided times, we hope to create something that brings people together with mutual respect, understanding, and communication across races and generations.” says Brownlee, who will be participating in a Q&A after its premiere performance on 20 February at Perelman Theater in Philadelphia (tickets available for $25). Other dates include Lyric Opera in Chicago (22 February) and New York's Carnegie Hall (24 April).