Lyric Unlimited is excited to present an intimate evening of vocal music with Cycles of My Being, a new song cycle exploring the realities of life as a black man in America. Composed by Tyshawn Sorey with lyrics by Terrance Hayes, the Chicago-premiere event will star celebrated tenor Lawrence Brownlee in a solo recital with pianist Myra Huang. The event will be performed during Black History Month on Thursday, February 22 at 7pm at the DuSable Museum of African American History. This new song cycle is the creation 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 Lawrence Brownlee, one of “the world's leading bel canto tenors” (The Associated Press) and a favorite star on the Lyric Opera of Chicago stage. Cycles of My Being is a co-commission with Opera Philadelphia, and Carnegie Hall.