For baritone Thomas Hampson, April is far from the cruelest month. In addition to finishing up a run of La Traviata at the Met (which opened March 29), he continues his yearlong work with the New York Philharmonic as its first Artist-in-Residence and its Leonard Bernstein Scholar-in-Residence (“Kind of long titles…unfortunately I could never get them on one business card,” he quips). He gives a recital of Barber and Schumann songs on April 11, then performs in the second installment of the Phil’s new-music series, Contact!, on April 16 and 17. It’s a good thing he recently moved from Europe back to New York City, although as Hampson asserts, “I don’t really feel like I’ve come back home, because I was never away from home…[though] to some extent there is a change of a center of gravity.” After the jump, Hampson elaborates on his schedule, singing in Hebrew, and his penchants for American song, Emmylou Harris and Johnny Cash.
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A local school is turning to technology to brings its lessons to a much wider audience. NY1′s Adam Balkin filed the following report.
Students at the Manhattan School of Music received a master class this month from Thomas Hampson, one of the nation’s top baritones. But what made this lesson so unique is that it was billed as the first live video streaming of a classical music event in an iPhone or iPod Touch.
Thomas Hampson masterclass on Mahler songs – the first live video streaming of a classical music event in an iPhone/iTouch app
Watch the Manhattan School of Music masterclass on March 30 at 2 pm EST – anywhere!
The renowned American baritone and Manhattan School of Music Distinguished Visiting Artist coaches select small ensembles comprised of students in the Orchestral Performance Program. The groups will study, transcribe, and perform pieces from some of Gustav Mahler’s most famous song cycles, including “Kindertotenlieder” and “Lieder eines Fahrenden Gesellen.” Presented in collaboration by the Distance Learning and Orchestral Performance Programs, the coaching will be open to the public on a first-come, first-serve basis, with no tickets required, and on http://dl.msmnyc.edu/live and in the Thomas Hampson iPhone app.
Download Thomas Hampson’s Fan App for free through iTunes: From your iPhone/iTouch – go to the App Store and type in “Thomas Hampson” and install for free in minutes. From your computer – click here to download the App into your iTunes. From the Hampson Fan App you may enjoy his music, video, news, event listings, and share your own comments and photos.