Thomas Hampson travels to the Tanglewood Festival this month to celebrate the centennial of his late mentor, Leonard Bernstein, and to perform Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
This year, the Tanglewood Festival dedicates their season to the birthday centennial of Leonard Bernstein, who attended and performed at the festival for 50 years. The Bernstein Centennial Celebration concert will take place on August 25 (the anniversary of the Maestro’s birthday) at the Koussevitzky Music Shed in a star-studded performance. The gala concert will be hosted by Audra McDonald and directed by James Darrah. Together with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the concert will feature a plethora of artists, including Andris Nelsons, John Williams, Susan Graham, Nadine Sierra, Isabel Leonard, and more. They will also be joined by the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, musicians from the New York Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, Israel Philharmonic, and Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra. This momentous occasion will be recorded by Great Performances and broadcasted on PBS throughout America, Europe, and Asia premiering December 28, 2018. The festival has put together a website to share the history of Leonard Bernstein, click here.
The first half of the program will include selections from famous Bernstein works like Candide, West Side Story, Mass, and Serenade. The second half will feature music from the classical canon very dear to Bernstein’s heart like Mahler’s Des Knaben Wunderhorn as well as music by Copland, plus a new work by John Williams. The finale will feature Mahler’s apocalyptic Resurrection Symphony.
Thomas Hampson will also sing in the festival’s season-ending concert led by Christoph Eschenbach. On August 26, the program will include Bernstein’s Afterthought: Study for the Ballet Facsimile and his “Take Care of This House” from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. The program will conclude with Tanglewood’s traditional season ending performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9. Hampson will share the stage with mezzo soprano Sasha Cooke, soprano Hanna-Elisabeth Müller, tenor Joseph Kaiser, and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus.
Expanding on the Schubert Weekend that took place in January 2018, Thomas Hampson returns to the Pierre Boulez Saal for Schubert Week, curated completely by Hampson himself. Kicking off the week will be an all-Schubert recital with Hampson and his longtime collaborator Wolfram Rieger, followed by workshops and a final concert presented to the public with singers from the Festival Akademie of the Heidelberger Frühling.
Thomas Hampson kicks off the new year returning to Illinois to perform a series of concerts with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and teach a masterclass at Northwestern’s Bienen School of Music. These engagements mark Mr. Hampson’s return to Chicago since the release of his debut album with Cedille Records, “Songs from Chicago”, an album featuring songs by early mid-twentieth-century composers from Chicago.
Thomas Hampson travels to the Middle East for concerts with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. Under the baton of Vasily Petrenko, he will join the ensemble for nine concerts and perform a recital with Polish pianist Maciej Pikulski.
The Bernstein Centennial Celebration at Tanglewood spotlighted Leonard Bernstein’s wide-ranging talents as a composer, his many gifts as a great interpreter and champion of other composers, and his role as inspiration for a new generation of musicians and music lovers across the country and around the globe. This gala concert featured a kaleidoscopic array of artists and ensembles from the worlds of classical music, film, and Broadway, like Mr. Hampson, Audra McDonald, Midori, Yo-Yo Ma, Nadine Sierra, Susan Graham and Isabel Leonard among others.
On November 18 & 19, Hampson and the ensemble will perform Britten’s War Requiem at the Musikverein Wien. This harrowing work interweaves Latin mass text and text by Wilfred Owen accompanied by the Wiener Sängerknaben and Singverein der Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde in Wien. Hampson shares the stage with star soprano Adrianne Pieczonka, and tenor Werner Güra.
More information and tickets are available via the Calendar page.
Thomas Hampson makes his highly anticipated debut with the Canadian Opera Company in the world premiere of Rufus Wainwright’s Hadrian. Hampson sings the title role in this epic love story, based on the life of the Roman emperor Hadrian, with libretto by Daniel MacIvor. Led by Johannes Debus, the monumental production by Peter Hinton will open the COC’s 68th season beginning October 13 through October 27.
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