Digital Residency: Joyce DiDonato
Through a new web series, Sing For Today, Joyce DiDonato uses song as a lens through which to process and navigate the human experience in relation to current events and global concerns in real-time.
Episode 1: “This Land Is Your Land”
Joyce taps into the energy of early voter lines leading up to Election Day, framing Woody Guthrie’s classic folk song in conversation with Hamilton producer and University of Michigan alumnus Jeffrey Seller, as well as student members of the Poll Hero Project.
Music Video feat. Joyce DiDonato and Alex Garrobé
THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND
Words and Music by Woody Guthrie
WGP/TRO-© Copyright 1956, 1958, 1970, 1972, and 1995 (copyrights renewed) Woody Guthrie Publications, Inc. & Ludlow Music, Inc., New York, NY
administered by Ludlow Music, Inc.
Additional words by Joyce DiDonato
Used by Permission
Artists and Organizations in this Episode:
Episode 2: “Silent Night”
“My hope is that in silence, we can find peace. And in that peace, we might be able to ignite some light and hope. Wishing you a deep sense of peace as we go into the New Year.” —JoyceDiDonato
Enjoy this very special arrangement of “Silent Night” performed by Joyce DiDonato and Àlex Garrobé.
About the Residency
The primary focus of this residency features Joyce DiDonato singing and in dialogue with people from a variety of different backgrounds, casting a spotlight on the healing power of calling on great art from the past centuries to pass through challenging events of the present day. Expected themes such as grief, community, unity, patriotism, and nature will factor in as topics unveiling themselves in our current headlines.
Sing For Today is co-produced by UMS and Princeton University Concerts.
Julia Darlow and John O’Meara
Anne and Paul Glendon
Norman and Debbie Herbert
Stephen and Rosamund Forrest
Beverley and Gerson Geltner
Susan and Richard Gutow
James and Nancy Stanley
Funded in part by
UMS Sustaining Directors
About the Artist
A multiple Grammy-winner, mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato is a transformative presence in the arts whose healing approach to music has taken her beyond the world’s great opera stages to educational institutions, refugee camps, and maximum-security prisons. She has appeared on UMS concerts three times in the past several years, including in the lead role in Handel’s Ariodante, with pianist Yannick Nézet-Séguin in Schubert’s Winterreise, and again with Nézet-Séguin and his Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal in November 2019. She is an exclusive recording artist with Erato-Warner Classics, which is proud to be associated with this innovative project.
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