In Flanders Fields: Songs from the Great War to Commemorate the Centennial of the Armistice

Oct 15

6:00 PM

Monday, October 15, 2018

Two singers from Lyric Opera of Chicago’s renowned Ryan Opera Center are showcased in a recital that reflects on the patriotism and adversity of World War I. Before George Butterworth fought in The Great War, he wrote his Six Songs from A Shropshire Lad as an expression of his love for traditional English folksong. Ives’ powerful In Flanders Fields communicates the American composer’s sentiments about war, while composer and British army member Ivor Gurney’s Ludlow and Teme evokes the English town of his youth. Songs by some of America’s greatest Tin Pan Alley songwriters complete this program of extraordinary musical storytelling.

Tickets are free, but reservations are required.

Approximate concert duration: 74 minutes with no intermission


Ives He Is There!
Butterworth Six Songs from A Shropshire Lad
Ives In Flanders Fields
Gurney Ludlow and Teme
Henderson Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue
Friedman Let Me Call You Sweetheart
Fischer Peg O' My Heart
Henderson Don't Bring Lulu
Gilbert The Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo


Mario Rojas tenor
Christopher Kenney baritone
Shannon McGinnis piano
Dr. William Brooks guest speaker




This  program is  presented with leadership support from Colonel (IL) Jennifer N. Pritzker, IL ARNG (Retired), president and founder, Pritzker Military Foundation and the President and CEO of TAWANI Enterprises, Inc.

This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.