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Homecoming: The Kansas City Symphony Presents Joyce DiDonato

Airs Friday, July 20, 2012 at 9 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: Joyce DiDonato performs encore "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" with the Kansas City Symphony.

The Kansas City Symphony performs in Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center for Performing Arts.
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Above: The Kansas City Symphony performs in Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center for Performing Arts.

Joyce DiDonato and Michael Stern take a bow after Hegge's "The Deepest Desire" in Helzberg Hall at the Kansas City Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.
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Above: Joyce DiDonato and Michael Stern take a bow after Hegge's "The Deepest Desire" in Helzberg Hall at the Kansas City Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

Grammy-Award winning opera star Joyce DiDonato, acclaimed conductor Michael Stern and the talented young musicians of the Kansas City Symphony perform together at architect Moshe Safdie’s new Kansas City Kauffman Center for Performing Arts for the first time in "Homecoming: The Kansas City Symphony Presents Joyce DiDonato."

The film captures candid backstage moments and personal interviews with Stern, members of the symphony and DiDonato as she returns home for her debut performance at the Kauffman Center, after a triumphant appearance with Plácido Domingo at The Metropolitan Opera in New York.

Viewers also get a front-row seat to the remarkable performance in the center’s grand Helzberg Hall. Interviews and music intertwine in a remarkable celebration of the lives and careers of these musicians.

View photos from mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato's homecoming in Kansas City.

The Kansas City Symphony is on Facebook, and you can follow @kcsymphony on Twitter. Joyce DiDonato is on Facebook, and you can follow @JoyceDiDonato on Twitter.

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Preview: Homecoming: The Kansas City Symphony Presents Joyce DiDonato

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