1938 Berlin & 1943 Los Angeles events with Daniel Hope 

This May, join baritone Thomas Hampson and his close collaborator, violinist Daniel Hope, for a poignant exploration of defiance in the face of oppression. As part of Hope’s “BTHVN WEEK 2024” Festival, their journey begins with “Berlin 1938: The Fateful Year” (May 9) in Bonn. This unique program, featuring classical and popular music, cabaret and spoken word, and a stellar ensemble, examines the cultural landscape of Berlin in 1938, a year that foreshadowed the horrors to come.

The duo then shifts focus to the United States with “Los Angeles 1943: Escape to Paradise” (May 10 – Bonn & May 12 – Gmunden). Through a haunting radio play woven from the voices of exiled artists and scientists, they explore the experiences of those who fled Nazi persecution. This program, co-created with Hampson, features an evocative selection of music by composers like Gideon Klein, Irving Berlin, Arnold Schönberg, Frank Sinatra, and Duke Ellington.

Together, these concerts offer a powerful testament to the enduring spirit of creativity in the darkest of times. More information and ticket purchase links are available via Thomas Hampson’s Schedule.

Photo: Jiyang Chen