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.
On May 26, Thomas Hampson joins the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin to sing Mahler’s lyrical Rückert Lieder. A champion of Mahler’s music, Hampson has described his song cycles as dialogues between the singer and orchestra or pianist, rather than just sung melody and accompaniment.
May 16 & 17 at the Herkulessaal in Munich, and on May 18 at the Meistersingerhalle in Nuremberg. Also on the program, Jansons will lead the orchestra in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2, and Respighi’s Pini di Roma.
Thomas Hampson and Luca Pisaroni talk to Brent Stevens at KHFM Classical Public Radio about their upcoming performance of “No Tenors Allowed” in Santa Fe.
The performance will be at 7:30 PM on May 2 at the Lensic Performing Arts Center.
This spring, Thomas Hampson and Luca Pisaroni bring their ‘No Tenors Allowed’ program to Toronto and Santa Fe. Beginning in Toronto at Koerner Hall on April 30, they will perform highlights from the operatic repertoire, greatest hits from Broadway musicals, and timeless classical and popular songs, accompanied by pianist Vlad Iftinca. Their second performance will take place on May 2 at the Lensic Performing Arts Center in Santa Fe.
This month marks the world premiere of composer Tarik O’Regan’s The Phoenix, starring Thomas Hampson in his greatly anticipated debut and Luca Pisaroni at the Houston Grand Opera. This will be Hampson’s second world premiere of the 2018-19 season, previously starring in the title role of Rufus Wainwright’s Hadrian at the Canadian Opera Company. Hampson and Pisaroni play the different ages of Lorenzo Da Ponte as a group of singing actors come together to create a stage adaptation about the colorful life of the scandalous librettist that created the stories of Don Giovanni, Così fan tutte, and The Marriage of Figaro.
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