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Thomas Hampson

Thomas Hampson, America’s foremost baritone, has received international honors and awards for his captivating artistry and cultural leadership. Lauded as a Metropolitan Opera Guild “Met Mastersinger” and inducted into both the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and Gramophone’s “Hall of Fame,” Hampson is one of the most respected and innovative musicians of our time. With an operatic repertoire of over 80 roles sung in all the major theaters of the world, his discography comprises more than 170 albums, which include multiple nominations and winners of the Grammy Award, Edison Award, and the Grand Prix du Disque. He received the 2009 Distinguished Artistic Leadership Award from the Atlantic Council in Washington, DC, and was appointed the New York Philharmonic’s first-ever Artist-in-Residence. In 2010, he was honored with a Living Legend Award by the Library of Congress, where he has served as Special Advisor to the Study and Performance of Music in America. Furthermore, he has received the famed Concertgebouw Prize.

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  • 14.08.2018 - Bernstein Centennial Concert and more at the Tanglewood Festival

  • Thomas Hampson travels to the Tanglewood Festival this month to celebrate the centennial of his late mentor, Leonard Bernstein, and to perform Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

    This year, the Tanglewood Festival dedicates their season to the birthday centennial of Leonard Bernstein, who attended and performed at the festival for 50 years. The Bernstein Centennial Celebration concert will take place on August 25 (the anniversary of the Maestro’s birthday) at the Koussevitzky Music Shed in a star-studded performance. The gala concert will be hosted by Audra McDonald and directed by James Darrah. Together with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the concert will feature a plethora of artists, including Andris Nelsons, John Williams, Susan Graham, Nadine Sierra, Isabel Leonard, and more. They will also be joined by the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, musicians from the New York Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, Israel Philharmonic, and Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra. This momentous occasion will be recorded by Great Performances and broadcasted on PBS throughout America, Europe, and Asia premiering December 28, 2018.  The festival has put together a website to share the history of Leonard Bernstein, click here.

    The first half of the program will include selections from famous Bernstein works like CandideWest Side StoryMass, and Serenade. The second half will feature music from the classical canon very dear to Bernstein’s heart like Mahler’s Des Knaben Wunderhorn as well as music by Copland, plus a new work by John Williams. The finale will feature Mahler’s apocalyptic Resurrection Symphony.

    Thomas Hampson will also sing in the festival’s season-ending concert led by Christoph Eschenbach. On August 26, the program will include Bernstein’s Afterthought: Study for the Ballet Facsimile and his “Take Care of This House” from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. The program will conclude with Tanglewood’s traditional season ending performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9. Hampson will share the stage with mezzo soprano Sasha Cooke, soprano Hanna-Elisabeth Müller, tenor Joseph Kaiser, and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus.

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