The Kansas City Star
by Libby Hanssen
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Challenging fear, turmoil, hate and chaos with the sublime beauty of the Baroque, mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato and Il Pomo d’Oro brought their project “In War & Peace: Harmony Through Music” to the Folly Theater Wednesday night, presented by the Harriman-Jewell Series.

This was no typical diva-in-the-spotlight recital. Trying to combat the distress and grief that followed the Paris terrorist attacks, Prairie Village native DiDonato imagined a project with a greater global message and longer lasting influence. The project, along with the album and international tour, includes a website,, devoted to gathering answers to the question: “In the midst of chaos, how do you find peace?”

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