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WFMT – Joyce DiDonato: Without the arts as an outlet, children may turn to anger and violence

“The arts in our schools today, and in general society, have sort of been pecked away at. I think we’re starting to raise children in our society that don’t have an outlet to express themselves,” mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato said. “They don’t have an outlet to go to and try to sort through the thorny issues that they’re feeling when they’re 13, 14, 15, and the world doesn’t make sense to them, and they don’t know where they’re going, and everything is confusing.

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Joyce DiDonato: “Without the arts as an outlet, children may turn to anger and violence”

Joyce DiDonato sits down with WFMT to talk about Carnegie Hall’s new album release Hopes & Dreams for the Lullaby Project. She talks about the profound effect music has had on her life and its ability to help our youth discover the power of empathy.

“The arts in our schools today, and in general society, have sort of been pecked away at. I think we’re starting to raise children in our society that don’t have an outlet to express themselves,” mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato said. “They don’t have an outlet to go to and try to sort through the thorny issues that they’re feeling when they’re 13, 14, 15, and the world doesn’t make sense to them, and they don’t know where they’re going, and everything is confusing.

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Carnegie Hall’s Lullaby Project Celebrates the Musical Bond Between Parent and Child

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“Hopes & Dreams: The Lullaby Project is a compilation recording of 15 songs written by parents from across New York City, as performed by Fiona Apple, the Brentano String Quartet, Lawrence Brownlee, Rosanne Cash, Joyce DiDonato, Janice Freeman, Rhiannon Giddens, Angélique Kidjo, Patti LuPone, Natalie Merchant, Dianne Reeves, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Pretty Yende, and Catherine Zeta-Jones. The album was recently released on the Decca Gold label.”

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Joyce DiDonato: “Music transforms the shockingly painful moments of mourning and chaos into other, infinitely peaceful feelings”

Müpa Magazine interviews Joyce DiDonato about her passion for baroque music and much more during her In War & Peace tour throughout Europe.

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Joyce DiDonato and Yannick Nézet-Séguin in Concert

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by Jenny Camilleri

“[DiDonato] performed the desperate “Scherza infida”, with gorgeous bassoon tears, and the vengeance cry “Svegliatevi nel core” as one scene, without applause in-between. Limbs atremble, she was a mass of impotent rage, varying the repeated sections of the arias with expressive simplicity. In an equally intense “Parto, parto” by Mozart, DiDonato crowned a fabulous duet with Julien Hervé on the basset clarinet with dazzling coloratura.

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Joyce DiDonato and Antonio Pappano in Concert

“Joyce DiDonato manifested once again how easily her voice adheres to various eras and manipulations and techniques, clinging as naturally to both classical German arias and voice-bending Ravel as sugary glaze sticks to pastry.

It was another reminder that DiDonato is not a star in opera – but the star.”

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‘Teaching is not just a fall-back. If you’re a good teacher that’s a gift.’ – Antonio Pappano and Joyce DiDonato speak exclusively to Classic FM

Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato and conductor and pianist Antonio Pappano are two of the most successful musicians in the world. Ahead of a recital at the Royal Opera House, we spoke to them about the mental strain of being a musician, the importance of music education and what they’d tell their 18-year-old selves
The life of a professional musician can seem glamorous and privileged – and of course it sometimes is. But there are also the bad auditions, the stress of live performance and the constant competition with your peers.

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“War and Peace – Harmony through Music” Features

Enjoy a few German features about Joyce DiDonato’s  “War and Peace” tour below.

The last three performances of the tour are on  June 17  at the Philharmonie im Gasteig in Munich, June 19 at the Béla Bartók National Concert Hall in Budapest, and June 22 at the Stavros Niarchos Cultural Center in Athens.

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National Sawdust Celebrated “A Moment Of Disruption” At The Alhambra Ballroom

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This past Thursday, National Sawdust, the Brooklyn-based performance venue and a recording studio, raised funds to support its mission of continuing to build new audiences for classical and new musicians by honoring several internationally renowned artists for its 2018 Spring Gala at the uptown Alhambra Ballroom.  

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Leaving Athens with the fullest of hearts, having met these extraordinary - and I do mean EXTRAORDINARY - young men in Athens. They played and sang for me and with me, along with many other beautiful young people, and they deserve every single opportunity in the world. Thank you, boys, for bringing such beauty, joy, love, and peace to me! We will meet again! @alabrasabdullah @pouya.pouya.372 @vic_palazzo2004 #skaramagascamp @elsistemagreece

Well, HELLO, Linz.....how YOU doin’?!?! #chapelenvy #youknowthosehillsarewayalivewiththesoundofmusic #perfectlight #gottasayit : #blessed

Beautiful #Istanbul memories from this mystical city. Thank you so much for the truly unforgettable experience last night......leaving with a very full heart. #TalkPeace #DoPeace #BePeace @ilpdo

“Savasta ve Barista” So happy to bring our project to the 6th C. #HagiaEireneMuseum in #Istanbul. #TalkPeace #DoPeace #BePeace

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A big thank you to the #Halle #HandelFestival for the wonderful reception and for granting me the #HandelPreis2018. It was deeply moving to be in the birthplace of a composer who has given me countless gifts as an artist, surrounded by so many people working to keep his legacy alive and thriving. It was an evening I’ll never forget. 📸 @ralfpleger

The majesty of the #Dresden #Frauenkirche ....

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Bon Dia, World!!! Back on tour from today with #inwarandpeace, ready to pick up our quest for harmony!! @fcgulbenkian @ilpdo #vivaportugal #TalkPeace #DoPeace #BePeace

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There will always be more freedom to acquire and more truth to uncover.

~ Joyce DiDonato