"The velvet-voiced baritone Will Liverman is out to make the classical music canon more inclusive..." —Tom Huizenga, NPR
$25 general admission
$10 non-UR students and youth 18 and under
Free UR students
Called “a voice for this historic moment” (The Washington Post), Virginia-born baritone Will Liverman is quickly gaining a reputation for compelling performances and is the star of the Metropolitan Opera’s production of Terence Blanchard’s Fire Shut Up In My Bones, which marks a historic moment in the history of the Met. Liverman commissioned Okepholo’s Two Black Churches, which he recently performed to great acclaim at his Kennedy Center recital. His new opera The Factotum, written together with DJ/recording artist K -Rico, is in process with Lyric Opera of Chicago. In February 2021, Liverman released Dreams of a New Day: Songs by Black Composers which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Classical chart.
For his Modlin Center recital alongside pianist Madeline Slettedahl, he will feature a program that honors and celebrates Black composers for their works and contributions in the classical field as well as works from the classical art song repertoire. Liverman will perform songs by Black composers Shawn E. Okpebholo, H. Leslie Adams, and Damien Sneed. The program also includes works by Schubert, Loewe, Rachmaninoff, Britten, and Bolcolm.
Support funded in part by the Cultural Affairs Committee and Department of Music.
Will Liverman conducts a vocal master class with university music students, Fri. October 29, 10:30-12:30pm in Camp Concert Hall, open to observation.
Creating The Factotum – Lyric Opera of Chicago follows the development of Will Liverman’s new opera with DJ/recording artist K-Rico and inspired by Barber of Seville