A handful of opera stars and other guest artists will join pianist Lara Downes for a night of music in honor of the Leonard Bernstein centennial. The January 21 concert, titled Songs for Lenny, will be webcast live from The Greene Space at WQXR beginning at 7PM. Opera stars Thomas Hampson, Ailyn Pérez, and J’Nai Bridges, as well as composer and vocalist Theo Bleckmann, will each perform a personal favorite song from the Bernstein repertoire. Watch the exclusive video above to see the American baritone and Downes perform “A Simple Song” from Bernstein’s Mass.
The concert is inspired by Downes’ upcoming tribute album, For Lenny, released February 9 on Sony Classical. The recording centers around Bernstein’s Anniversaries for Piano, musical portraits he composed for his family and friends; it also features works dedicated to Bernstein by American composers including Stephen Sondheim, John Corigliano, Stephen Schwartz, and Ned Rorem …
Thomas Hampson travels to Geneva this month for a concert with flutist Roy Amotz and the Geneva Camerata under David Greilsammer. On May 22 at the Bâtiment des Forces Motrices in Switzerland, Hampson and Roy Amotz with the GECA ensemble will perform music by Charpentier, Mahler, Mozart, Porter, Beethoven, and the world premiere of Nicola Von Ritter-Zahony’s new Concerto for Flute and Orchestra. This new work was commissioned by the Geneva Camerata, and the event marks Hampson’s first concert with the innovative ensemble.
This year marks the 100th birthday of the celebrated conductor and composer, Leonard Bernstein. On May 19, Thomas Hampson and his long-time collaborator Wolfram Rieger present a concert at the Philharmonie Essen in celebration of the centennial. Hampson and Bernstein cultivated an artistic friendship from their dedication of interpreting the works of Gustav Mahler, which led to legendary performances of both composers’ work. The program for the concert in Germany will include selections by Mahler and Bernstein.
Thomas Hampson will be in Bulgaria for a concert on May 16 with the Sofia Philharmonic. Under the baton of Pavel Balev, the program will feature arias and overtures by Mozart, Porter, Verdi, Bernstein, and Lehár. Hampson and Maestro Balev have collaborated in many concerts over the years, most recently this past February at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden.
On May 6, 10 & 13, Thomas Hampson returns to the Wiener Staatsoper, starring in the title role of Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra. The cast also features Francesco Meli as Gabriele Adorno and Marina Rebeka as Amelia Boccanegra. Evelino Pidò conducts all performances, which feature a production directed by Peter Stein. The May 13 performance will receive an online broadcast via the Staatsoper Live platform.
On April 26, Thomas Hampson presents an all-American concert programme in Moscow. This event will feature the Russian premiere of Michael Daugherty’s Letters from Lincoln, along with traditional songs, opera arias, and works by Bernstein and Cole Porter. Valentin Uryupin leads The Moscow State Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Music Theatre Orchestra for the concert, which is graciously presented by Opera Apriori International Festival of Vocal Music and supported by the US Embassy in Moscow.
Thomas Hampson and pianist Wolfram Rieger reunite this spring for recitals throughout Germany, featuring a programme they have titled “Freiheit!” (‘Freedom’) which highlights selections by European and American composers, including Mahler, Schubert, Ives, Bernstein, and others. They will perform these works at Munich’s Prinzregententheater on April 16 and on April 19 at the Kongresshaus Stadthalle in Heidelberg. On April 29 they perform together again at the Boulez Saal in Berlin, with an all-Schubert evening.
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