2009 Song of America dates published to date include recitals in Minnesota (July 9), Wisconsin (July 12), Tanglewood (July 22), Ravinia (July 16), Portland (October 6), and Boulder (October 11).
A leading advocate of American song, Mr. Hampson enjoys a long-standing relationship with the Library of Congress, as both a performer and a scholar of music and poetry. In 2008 the Library named him its Honorary Special Advisor for the Study and Performance of Music in America.
Drawing on the Library’s incomparable collection of American song, he will present a unique series of recitals and masterclasses. In selected locations the recitals may also include rarely viewed manuscripts from the Library of Congress and showcase joint efforts with academic and cultural partners to promote the art of song in intercultural understanding. Audiences will experience the poetic and musical legacy of song that has shaped American culture through the centuries.
The “Song of America” project reaches a broad audience, allowing a wide range of listeners to experience America’s rich history as told through its song.
American lyric baritone Thomas Hampson has performed worldwide in major opera houses and music halls, played scores of iconic roles, and delivered recitals that captivate for his creatively constructed programs explore connections between eras and approaches. He’s an expert both in German Romantic song and tunes from our own country where his “Song of America” collaboration with the Library of Congress has proven extraordinarily popular and important.
“Baritone Thomas Hampson was an ideal soloist, singing with oaken tone and precise phrasing while conferring dignity and restraint on Whitman’s text.”
Georgia Rowe – The Mercury News
Thomas Hampson and Frederica von Stade will host a star-studded gala concert on June 16, in celebration of David Gockley’s retirement after ten years as General Director at San Francisco Opera. The San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus will perform for this not-to-be-missed event, with conductors Nicola Luisotti, Jiří Bělohlávek, John DeMain, and Patrick Summers.
Visit the Hampsong Foundation’s Livestream.com page on Tuesday, June 14 at 7pm PT/10pm ET to watch a livestream of the ‘Song of America: Beyond the Song’ Event with Thomas Hampson and Dana Gioia, California Poet Laureate, hosted at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
Thomas Hampson and the Hampsong Foundation will present a ‘Song of America: Beyond the Song’ Event with Dana Gioia, California Poet Laureate, on June 14 at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. This event is in collaboration with the San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Opera, and San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and features the following artists in performance: Renée Rapier, mezzo-soprano; Brad Walker, bass-baritone; and Peter Grunberg, pianist. Gioia and Hampson will also host a dialogue with the singers about their selections. This event is free and open to the public (RSVP required).
“What already developed with the first notes, exceeded all expectations. Electrified by the charisma of both singers a resonating enthusiasm in the hall was felt by the audience.
Both singers are characterized by their pleasing and balanced tone color in all registers. This both have an enormous range of expression. In addition to that, their acting ability, which portrays the characteristics of the roles they embodied in a short time. Are tenors mostly youthful lovers and hero in the opera, then baritones representatives of the power, the bass-baritone often with a dash of humor. The program with Mozart, Verdi, Rossini, Bellini, Gounod and Massenet provides sufficient material for this purpose.”
In song, you have one of the most amazing diaries of any generation’s culture at a given time.