2009 Song of America dates published to date include recitals in Minnesota (July 9), Wisconsin (July 12), Tanglewood (July 22), Ravinia (July 16), Portland (October 6), and Boulder (October 11).
A leading advocate of American song, Mr. Hampson enjoys a long-standing relationship with the Library of Congress, as both a performer and a scholar of music and poetry. In 2008 the Library named him its Honorary Special Advisor for the Study and Performance of Music in America.
Drawing on the Library’s incomparable collection of American song, he will present a unique series of recitals and masterclasses. In selected locations the recitals may also include rarely viewed manuscripts from the Library of Congress and showcase joint efforts with academic and cultural partners to promote the art of song in intercultural understanding. Audiences will experience the poetic and musical legacy of song that has shaped American culture through the centuries.
The “Song of America” project reaches a broad audience, allowing a wide range of listeners to experience America’s rich history as told through its song.
Thomas Hampson is the baritone soloist on a new recording, featuring Richard Danielpour’s Songs of Solitude and War Songs, along with the orchestral work Toward the Splendid City. War Songs, a song cycle with texts by Walt Whitman, was commissioned by the Nashville Symphony in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War.
“… baritone Thomas Hampson — a model of dignity, vocal presence, and deep investment in the texts that Brahms so lovingly chose and set.”
David Weininger – The Boston Globe
Thomas Hampson is the baritone soloist in Brahms’ A German Requiem on October 6, 7 & 8 with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Tanglewood Festival Chorus, under the direction of Music Director Andris Nelsons. Soprano Camilla Tilling joins for this concert series, which also features Widmann’s Trauermarsch for piano and orchestra, featuring pianist Yefim Bronfman.
“Thomas Hampson, rock solid in the parts of Priest and Angel of the Agony … This is where true artistry shows …” (Financial Times)
After yesterday’s Manon, it was a nice to return to the same venue with such an enlightening concert. Just before his encores, Thomas Hampson addressed the audience saying that it was also special for him to come back to Geneva after so many years …
The Schumann song cycle was presented not as Dichterliebe but as songs from the Lyrischen Intermezzo Buch der Lieder’ after Heine, Hampson specifying that it was closer to Schumann’s original text … the overall characterisation and care for the words were marvels. The long standing partnership between both artists meant that they could find expressive freedom while being attuned to each other …
Er ist ein weltweit gefragter Opernstar und zugleich einer der profiliertesten Lied-Baritone: Der Amerikaner Thomas Hampson. Ein echter Star im Klassik-Betrieb, den er jedoch durchaus kritisch sieht. Anfang der nächsten Woche ist Thomas Hampson in Berlin zu erleben, mit der Staatskapelle Berlin unter Daniel Barenboim: In dem Oratorium “The Dream of Gerontius” von Edgar Elgar.
In song, you have one of the most amazing diaries of any generation’s culture at a given time.