She has spent 50 years in the public eye, as a singer, songwriter, activist and folk icon, yet Joan Baez continues to uncover fresh inspiration, musically and otherwise. On Nov. 15, hear her at Stamford Center for the Arts' Palace Theatre, performing acoustically for the first time in decades, with only multi-instrumentalist Dirk Powell accompanying her. Baez's performance will feature songs from her recent Grammy-nominated album, "Day After Tomorrow," as well as many from her classic repertoire.
Much of Baez's music reflects her experiences as an activist. She has had a high profile in support of civil rights, human rights, the environment and other causes, which, in turn, have added depth and meaning to her music. Across the decades, Baez participated in Mississippi protests with Martin Luther King Jr., traveled to North Vietnam to pray during Hanoi's bombing as well as to war-torn Sarajevo in 1993. Even early in her life, she says, her principles were her compass. As she told the British newspaper The Telegraph, "The foundation of my beliefs is the same as it was when I was 10. Non-violence."
From Baez's start in 1959 at Boston coffee houses, to Greenwich Village, through successive Newport Folk Festivals, with many records and concerts along the way, wherever she goes, audiences are captivated by Baez's exquisite, ethereal soaring soprano. You will be, too. Joan Baez's performance at the Palace begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $36 to $70. For more information, visit SCA's website .
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