Our crew officially began production for the upcoming PBS Arts documentary, “Homecoming,” featuring Mezzo Soprano and Kansas City native Joyce DiDonato, Maestro Michael Stern and the Kansas City Symphony.
The first seconds of footage were caputured in New York City where Joyce is finishing her run at the Met in the opera “The Enchanted Island.”
We spent a beautiful evening with Joyce and her family, Paul Flaherty and nephew Brendan, who made the trip from Kansas City to celebrate Joyce’s final performance. 18 year old Brendan warned his star aunt that he would be vying for screen time and has promised to be looking quite dashing for his first visit to the Met.
They let our crew tag along for a siteseeing trip across the Brooklyn Bridge, where the views of Manhattan are spectacular. Joyce, who is also an avid photographer snapped away wildly taking every opportunity to catch both the beauty of the view and good old fashioned family vacation pics. We hope to get some of those pictures and post them here.
Joyce couldn’t have been more amazing to work with, even giving us a little vocal entertainment for our tour with her own rendition of the favorite Bee Gees hit, “Staying Alive!”