Monday 21 November 2016

Joyce DiDonato asks 'In the midst of chaos, how do you find peace?'

Joyce DiDonato - War and Peace:Harmony through music
Joyce DiDonato
Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato is in town and will be performing music from her latest album War and Peace: Harmony through Music at the Barbican Centre tomorrow (22 November 2016) with Maxim Emelyanychev and Il Pomo d’Oro. In advance of this, there is a chance to hear Joyce DiDonato talking about the project as part of The Pure Land Series at the China Exchange, 32a Gerrard Street, London, W1D 6JA tonight (21 November2016).

When planning her latest album, DiDonato had intended to present a programme exploring rare arias, but the terrorist attacks in Paris in November 2015 made her re-think her approach. War and Peace: Harmony through Music contains powerful music by Handel and Purcell, alongside lesser known works by Leo, De Cavallieri, Gesualdo, Jommelli, as well as Arvo Part, intended to convey the power that music has to transcend borders and unify us all.

At the China Exchange tonight she will be talking about the thinking behind the programme, asking, 'In the midst of chaos, how do you find peace?' Full information from the China Exchange website.

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