Thomas Hampson with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Jan. 10 in Orchestra Hall

Anything the great baritone sings is well worth hearing, but his work in American song stands in a category by itself. On this occasion, Hampson brought forth the profundities of three of Aaron Copland’s “Old American Songs” and conjured a range of color in John Corigliano’s “One Sweet Morning” and illuminated the poetry of Michael Daugherty’s “Letter to Mrs. Bixby” (a bittersweet setting of President Abraham Lincoln’s famous message to a grieving mother).

Read the Chicago Tribune’s complete list of the Best Classical Performances of 2019 here.

Photo credit: Armando L. Sanchez / Chicago Tribune

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