After last week’s tumultuous first episode, this season has been off to an interesting start already. With the dramatic and tear-filled season preview, I’m sure we’ll find Becca to be a strong, decisive bachelorette, albeit maybe a little distraught. At least…if tonight’s any indication.
At a time when the news is filled with international tension, it felt appropriate to place a particular emphasis on some of the most joyous music being created on the world stage. Whether it is the exquisite musicianship of Galician bagpiper Cristina Pato, the boisterous cheer of Goran Bregovic’s Balkan wedding band, or Ladysmith Black Mambazo’s uplifting songs and message of love, peace and harmony, our 2018/19 season is about offering audiences a different reality, of celebrating the distinct power of music to lift spirits and help unite us. —Joyce Hinton