Chicago Tribune: 10 most memorable classical music performances of 2019

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.

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