Thomas Hampson makes his album debut with Cedille Records in “Songs from Chicago” featuring music by five composers from the early 20th century all associated with the city of Chicago, including Ernst Bacon, Florence Price, John Alden Carpenter, Margaret Bonds, and Louis Campbell-Tipton. Available September 14, 2018.

This album was recorded with the extraordinary Kuang-Hao Huang, a pianist widely regarded for his collaborations with Chicago’s top singers and instrumentalists. “Songs from Chicago” includes compositions based on poems by Walt Whitman, Langston Hughes, and Rabindranath Tagore, the Bengali poet who became the first non-European to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Hailed as an “ambassador of song” Thomas Hampson is a devotee of American art song and poetry. Through his Hampsong Foundation, which he founded in 2003, he employs the art of song to promote intercultural dialogue and understanding.

The album is now available for pre-order via Amazon.com and Cedille Records. Enjoy a podcast from Cedille, with Hampson discussing the making of this debut album.

Read the album booklet here.

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