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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Hans-Joachim SCHUMANN

longing for modesty and humility, Germany

Singing in the miss at the communio the proprium of the week
from the neumes Laon 239 (latin, around 900) and peaces from the bible of Martin Luther from 1534 just improvised
(also as a sign of the not divided church).

thank you a lot for your concert in Halle and for your question

Hans-Joachim and Traute Schumann,
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Daniela Schönherr

traveller, teacher, triathlete, ... human being, Germany

I find my peace maybe in different ways, e. g. travelling a lot and seeing the beauty of our world in so many different ways, but also doing sports and enjoying art and music help me to find my inner peace.

If I think of ‚peace‘ in general, I always think of sharing it with other people. I try to find time for others (family, friends, colleagues, my pupils and even those I don‘t know) to listen to them. That‘s not always easy in a time when time is that rare, but it helps to get connected with others . Maybe it‘s the one thing my mother told me that often „you have to catch the little things/moments, they are sometimes more valuable than the bigger ones“. I think she was right!

Elias

Student, Canada

by continuing to study music and feed my soul, so that I may feed others souls with my love and passion for singing and communicating texts that touch nations.

Gisela

Singer and cook, Germany

I find Peace through the eyes of people that do what they love, and are true to theirselves, that know theirselves.
And also on the lovely eyes and arms of my wife.

Connor

singer, United States

spending time with someone I love

Madeleine Callan

A student of the people around me, United States

To find my breath– I know I am breathing in, I know I am breathing out. And just feel my heart pumping.

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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