Joyce Didonato


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American mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato goes on an imaginary musical road trip around the USA, with music connected to Appalachia, New York City, Florida, Hawaii, New Orleans, Alaska, Niagara Falls, the Grand Canyon, New Mexico, Hollywood, Mount Rushmore, New England, Kentucky, San Francisco and Oklahoma.

Composers featured in the programme incluce Leondard Bernstein, Aaron Copland, Frederick Delius, Darius Milhaud, John Philip Sousa, Hans Eisler, Ferde Grofe, Bernard Herrmann, Edward MacDowell, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Walter Piston, William Schuman, Virgil Thomson, Hubert Headley, Charles Ives and Richard Rodgers.

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Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato continues her 3-part series of American music by choosing some of the great American masterpieces and works by some of its best-loved composers.

The programme includes George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, Leonard Bernstein's Symphonic Dances from West Side Story, Erich Korngold's Violin Concerto and Samuel Barber's Adagio for Strings in its original version for string quartet, alongside pieces by William Billings, Louis Moreau Gottschalk, Scott Joplin, Charles Ives, Duke Ellington, Steve Reich, John Adams and Roy Harris's 3rd Symphony.

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Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato concludes her 3-part series of American music by exploring some of the less well-known American repertoire alongside numbers from the Great American Songbook.

The programme includes works by William Grant Still, Amy Beach, Ruth Crawford Seeger, Charles Griffes, Henry Cowell, Paul Creston, Philip Glass, John Corigliano, Mark Adamo, Jake Heggie and Craig Urquhart, alongside some favourite songs by Jerome Kern, Harold Arlen, Duke Ellington, Cole Porter and Irving Berlin.