Di Donato and Friends Laid-back & Charming

Mar 06, 2019 92

BY: Susan Miron

The hugely charismatic and beloved mezzo Joyce Di Donato packed Jordan Hall on Friday night with her fans, old and new, as part of the cross-country charm tour of her new show (and CD) “Songplay.” She was welcomed like a conquering heroine in her Celebrity Series debut, and extended this welcome, one at a time, to her five distinguished instrumental guests as they arrived on stage for a portrait of camaraderie and musical fun.

Which was not, mind you, because of the familiarity of the songs, but because of their often-radical re-imaginings from their classical origins (“where what we do is so holy in a way”) and transplanted into the more laid back, sexy world of jazzy improvisation.

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SOURCE: https://www.classical-scene.com/

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