Course blog for American University PERF-570, Fall 2014
When I heard news that Joyce DiDonato was singing the National Anthem at tonight’s World Series game, I almost died and went to heaven. I was too excited not to post about it this week. In simple terms, Joyce is a goddess. She has such a unique richness and an agility that is unmatchable. If you haven’t heard her, you need to. Here is a YouTube video of her performing “Una voce poco fa” and it is glorious.
Now that I am done obsessing about Joyce DiDonato (not really, I could go on for days), I think the recent National Anthem performances of classical music stars is an interesting topic to discuss. Last Super Bowl, Renee Fleming swept the arena with her rendition of the National Anthem. On Tuesday, the Kansas City Symphony performed at the World Series and now Joyce DiDonato is singing tonight. From what I have seen, pop stars have always dominated the sports arena, but do you think things are changing? How do you think audience perception of classical music will change now that it is intersecting with sports, a more widely accepted form of entertainment. Will this affect the relationship between entertainment and culture?