Thomas Hampson returns to Heidelberg this spring, to lead his annual series of master classes as part of Heidelberger Frühling (Heidelberg Spring Festival). Hampson’s sold-out classes take place on April 6, 7, 8 & 11, with a final concert featuring the class participants on April 12. These events are presented in collaboration with Heidelberg University, and are hosted at the Kongresshaus Stadthalle Heidelberg. Videos from past classes in Heidelberg can be found via Mr. Hampson’s artist page on medici.tv. Additional live streams will also take place this year, read on for details.
10am (CEST): Welcome & Master class with Thomas Hampson
2:30pm: Master class with Thomas Hampson
Open Classes with Thomas Hampson
10:45am (CEST): Master class with Thomas Hampson
2:30pm: Master class with Thomas Hampson
10am (CEST): Opening conversation dedicated to Schubert with Thomas Hampson, Hartmut Höll, Graham Johnson, Sabine Scharnagl, and Richard Stokes
10:30am: Open Class “Viva Schubert”
2:30pm: Open Class “Viva Schubert”
Open Classes with Graham Johnson
10am (CEST): Introduction to French Song, and its comparison to the Lieder of Schubert, with internationally-renowned collaborative pianist Graham Johnson
10:30am: Master class with Graham Johnson
2:30pm: Master class with Graham Johnson
Plato’s famous academy is the name-giver for all its emulators. His pupils were equal, regardless of origin and status. Dissenting voices were not only allowed but encouraged. For a short while, the members lived and studied as a community, taking their meals together and celebrating in each other’s company. Heidelberger Frühling’s Festival takes its cue from Plato. In the middle of the festival, chamber musicians, singers, composers and music journalists do precisely the same thing, playing, listening, debating, eating and celebrating together, amongst themselves, before and with their audiences. Singers work with chamber musicians, composers discuss their works with the performers and the first people to hear them. In exchanges with composers, young journalists learn something about creative preconditions, composers find out about the standards upheld by music critics. From this they all emerge somewhat the wiser, many of them as (new) friends.
Thomas Hampson and pianist Martha Argerich will take the stage for their first-ever joint performance on June 30. The concert will take place during the new week-long Martha Argerich Festival, hosted by the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, featuring Ms. Argerich in concert with internationally renowned colleagues.
Thomas Hampson caps off the month of June with engagements in Austria and Germany. On June 21 & 22 at the Gewandhaus Leipzig, Hampson will perform with clarinetist Jörg Widmann and the Gewandhaus Orchester under the baton of Andris Nelsons. The concert will feature a program of Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms, Copland’s Old American Songs, Carter’s Konzert für Klarinette und Orchester, and Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from West Side Story.
This June, Thomas Hampson makes his debut in Australia with events hosted in Melbourne and Sydney. He presents a sold-out master class on May 30 at the Melbourne Recital Centre, followed by recitals on May 31 at the Melbourne Recital Centre as well as June 3 at the Sydney Opera House, Hampson and pianist Maciej Pikulski will perform works by Mahler, Schubert, Rossini, Saint-Saëns, Copland and others. Hampson and Pikulski collaborated on Hampson’s first French song album titled “Serenade” released in 2017. You can find purchase links and additional details for “Serenade” via his Recordings.
Mahler Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen
Messiaen Le Tombeau Resplendissant
R. Strauss Tod und Verklärung
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.
In song, you have one of the most amazing diaries of any generation’s culture at a given time.