Begins in the Great Hall, concludes in The Charles Engelhard Court of The American Wing
Free with Museum admission
Sunday, January 22, 2012, at 7:00 p.m.- Thomas Hampson, Baritone - “Song of America”
Great American baritone Thomas Hampson and pianist Craig Rutenberg present “Song of America,” a panorama of American song, with music by Copland, Barber, Ives, Hopkinson, Griffes, Thomson, and others, in the Charles Engelhard Court of The American Wing. This is Hampson’s only New York recital of the season.
This concert is inspired by the New American Wing Galleries for Paintings, Sculpture, and Decorative Arts. This final stage of the renovation of the American Wing opens January 16, 2012.
Thomas Hampson enjoys a singular international career as a recitalist, opera singer, and recording artist, and maintains an active interest in teaching, research, and technology. Hampson has won worldwide recognition for his thoughtfully researched and creatively constructed programs that explore the rich repertoire of song in a wide range of styles, languages, and periods. He is one of the most important interpreters of German Romantic song, and through his celebrated “Song of America” project (www.songofamerica.net), a collaboration with the Library of Congress, has become an “ambassador” of American song. Through the Hampsong Foundation, founded in 2003, he employs the art of song to promote intercultural dialogue and understanding.
Hampson began his 2011-2012 season at San Francisco Opera, where he created the role of Rick Rescorla in the world premiere of Christopher Theofanidis’s Heart of a Soldier. The new opera, commemorating the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, features a libretto by Donna Di Novelli and was directed by Francesca Zambello. Based on the 2002 book by James B. Stewart, the work is inspired by the true story of Rescorla and his tragic death in the collapse of the South Tower of the World Trade Center following his heroic evacuation of all 2,700 employees of Morgan Stanley. Hampson’s other operatic engagements this season include Iago in Verdi’s Otello and the title role in Hindemith’s Mathis der Maler, both at Zurich Opera, and Verdi’s Macbeth at New York’s Metropolitan Opera. www.hampsong.com
The Charles Engelhard Court, The American Wing
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