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During June, Black Music Month, renowned tenor Lawrence Brownlee stars as legendary saxophonist,

Charlie Parker in the Opera Philadelphia World Premiere of Yardbird. I spoke with Lawrence about this exciting production and asked why many African-Americans don’t support opera. Also, you might be surprised to hear what he was recently listening to.

Brownlee, a native of Youngstown, Ohio, now resides in Atlanta with his wife, Kendra and their two children. Performances of Yardbird at the Kimmel Center’s Perelman Theater runs June 5-14, 2015

Take a listen to our conversation.

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