Critic’s Choice

February 26, 2019 at 4:32 pm

By Aaron Keebaugh

Joyce DiDonato will make her long awaited Boston recital debut this week in her first Celebrity Series performance.

On Friday night, the popular American mezzo-soprano will perform SONGPLAY, a program that explores the effects of improvisation through three centuries of music. Joined by five instrumentalists, DiDonato will perform arias and songs by Giordani, Paisiello, Marcello, Leon Russell, George Shearing, Duke Ellington, and others. Her accompanying jam band will consist of pianist, Craig Terry (piano), Chuck Israels (double bass), Jimmy Madison (drums), Lautaro Greco (bandoneon), and Charlie Porter (trumpet).

The performance will take place 8 p.m. Friday at Jordan Hall.; 617-482-6661


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