In the midst of chaos,
how do you find peace?

En medio del caos,
¿cómo encuentras paz?

In mezzo al caos
tu come fai a trovare la pace?

混乱に陥った時、
どうやって平安を見つけますか?

Comment trouver la paix
au milieu du chaos?

فى وسط الصخب كيف تصل الى السلام.

Hoe vind je vrede temidden
van alle chaos?

Inmitten von Chaos,
wie finden Sie Frieden?

Kuinka löydät rauhan sekasorron keskellä?

当身在烦躁混乱之中,
你将如何寻找心中的平静?

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Anna Szentes

Singer student of the Franz Liszt Academy, coloratura soprano, Hungaryhttps://www.facebook.com/aszentes/

Listening to Joyce!! :) <3 She is my favourite singer. Her creativity and positive energy inspires me a lot as a singer. My big dream is to do a masterclass with her... In today's chaotic world music is one of the truest ways to find our inner peace. We are blessed to have the opportunity to lift up people with our voices, and making music, giving comfort, or the opposite, enter to the depth of human personality and bring strong and hidden emotions on the surface. Only music can do this magic! Joyce's art always reminds me and brings me back to the honesty of this profession. Why do we sing? Yes, we are chosen to be prophets, we are ambassadors of culture, REAL values, REAL feelings, always walking on the way of learning to be ourselves as artists. "The world needs YOU!" -she says. I am thrilled and very excited to meet her in person tonight in Budapest! And I hope she will read this... Thanks Joyce, for your true art! You are a real idol for me! See you tonight in the Palace of Arts! <3 Anna Szentes

Dr. Dagmar Neblung

teacher of ancient Greek and Latin, lover of classical music, Germany

Just two simple peace giving things:
I take a walk through now open Brandenburg Gate in my beloved free hometown Berlin and begin immediately to trust in miracles for the better
or
I see the exuberant, innocent joy of a little child, take a smile with me and believe in a good, peaceful future.

Caitriona Shaffrey

Mum of 5, architect, Ireland

Joyce DiDonato gave us an unforgettable evening where we
forgot every issue and listened enthralled - it was so very special.

Brendan

Passionate. Caring. But carrying a lot of angst and pain., Ireland

Joyce Didonato opened my soul to peace through music and art last night in Dublin. In 40 years of concert and opera going she showed me how art and creativity can transform and transcend. The audience was speechless as it left the auditorium, many found it just too difficult to speak, only able to cry tears of joy and happiness. The opposite to war truly is creativity. This concert was a watershed. Brendan. Ireland

Mercè

A teacher who devoted all her life to Education, Spain

. Peace, solidarity and acceptance of those who are different values should be taught from kindergarden to university.
. To introduce meditation techniques to all levels of Education.
. It is easier to generate peace around if everybody is in peace with themselves.

Lauren

Singer, human, empath, United States

I find peace through making a small impact. My voice is my choice of weapon. I share my music with other people because I want to communicate and empathize. You never know what impact you will have on someone in your audience; what kind of difference it will make.

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IN WAR & PEACE - HARMONY THROUGH MUSIC
Joyce DiDonato, mezzo-soprano
Il Pomo d'Oro
Maxim Emelyanychev, harpsichord & direction

In War &
Peace

Harmony
Through
Music

The pendulum of human history has continuously swung between despair and hope, horror and bliss, chaos and tranquility. We are a restless bunch, prone to desperation, isolation and violence in some moments, and yet, mercifully, to optimism and generosity in others.

As a citizen of the world in 2016, at times I am overwhelmed by the temptation to spiral down into the turmoil and pessimism that seemingly invades all corners of our lives, pulling me into the dispiriting din of upheaval which can devastate the spirit. And yet, I’m a belligerent, proud, willing optimist. I resist.

And so I ask myself: Is it possible to find a sincere and lasting peace within such deafening chaos? And if so, how can I access it? Is there an alternative to simply surrendering to the inevitable noise and our base fears, instead choosing serenity, audaciously silencing those fears?

For centuries, creators of great art have been depicting atrocity and pandemonium alongside tranquility and harmony for centuries, boldly showing us both our brutal nature and our elevated humanity. Art unifies, transcends borders, connects the disconnected, eliminates status, soothes turmoil, threatens power and the status-quo, and gloriously exalts the spirit. Art is a valiant path to peace.

With the help of Handel and Purcell, among other masters, I respectfully invite you look at the interwoven worlds of external conflict and serenity, internal war and peace, and to contemplate where you wish to reside within yourself.

As I have tried to convey in this selection of music, the power to bravely tip the scales towards peace lies firmly within every single one of us.

And so I ask you: In the midst of chaos, how do you find peace?

#TalkPeace