THAT’S OUR JOYCE: Globe-trotting DiDonato brings her vocal mastery to the Harriman-Jewell Series
Joyce DiDonato, who grew up in Prairie Village, is fast on the way to becoming the world’s greatest living mezzo-soprano. In anticipation of her February 13th recital here on the Harriman-Jewell Series, we asked what she’s up to these days.
REVIEW: Chanticleer brings music by an early master we should all know more about
What if I told you that there was once a composer as great as any who ever lived, as famous and beloved during his day as Bach and Beethoven were during theirs – but that you might never have heard a note of his music? On February 5th the Friends of Chamber music brought the marvelous a cappellachoir Chanticleer to present a rare treat: A whole program devoted (almost) entirely to the music of Orlando di Lasso,
LOVE THAT WAR: Actors Theatre teams with UMKC, World War I Museum for classic British musical
Sometimes the best way to deal with the horrors of war is to break into song. Yes war is ghastly, but it is also rife with absurdities that often cry out for satire, and for the lighter touch that a song can bring.
PAT AND DICK AND CHIANG AND MAO
The Metropolitan Opera’s Nixon in China rides on powerful performances and a meticulous, lavishly outfitted production. Through the miracle of HD, I was able to see the February 12thperformance live at the AMC Town Center multiplex, along with a sizable handful of other opera buffs. John Adams, the work’s composer, conducted the production, and of course he brings authority to his score though he is not really what you’d call a master conductor.
The prime of Ms. DiDonato: Hometown mezzo shows rich range of abilities
It’s hard to imagine Joyce DiDonato’s vocal artistry getting any better: The world-renowned mezzo-soprano from Prairie Village stands at her absolute prime. Her Harriman-Jewell Recital on February 13th—which happened to be her 42nd birthday—demonstrated the full range of her capabilities, offering a generous array of arias, scenes and French and Italian songs.