In celebration of the 200th birthday of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” Thomas Hampson will perform a special program titled ‘Poets and Patriotism’ for an audience of educators at the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. on Thursday, July 3 at 2pm, in Coolidge Auditorium. The program features American music from Colonial times to the present day, and also includes a symposium with scholars and Library of Congress staff, who will share rare documents from the Library’s collections.

No tickets are required for this performance, however seating is first-come, first-served.

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In song, you have one of the most amazing diaries of any generation’s culture at a given time.

Thomas Hampson