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Hampson is Leonard Lopate’s guest on WNYC. Nov 9 at 1pm

Thomas Hampson is known as a superb singer, but also as a talented conversationalist on many topics, including American song, Gustav Mahler, politics, Vienna, and history.  On Monday, November 9, the genial American baritone will test his mettle with the best in the business as Leonard Lopate’s guest in the 1:00 to 1:30pm slot on National Public Radio’s primo station, WNYC-FM 93.9 (also at

Mr. Lopate hosts a bevy of the most newsworthy and interesting guests five days a week, talking about a broad range of subjects from noon to 2:00 pm.  WNYC’s website puts it best:

“Host Leonard Lopate lets you in on the best conversations with writers, actors, ex-presidents, dancers, scientists, comedians, historians, grammarians, curators, filmmakers, and do-it-yourself experts.  Live interaction is critical to Lopate’s conversational and personal style.”

Mr. Lopate’s shows are also heard on WNYC-AM 820 at midnight, Tuesday through Saturday, and are available online at any time.

Thomas Hampson, currently the New York Philharmonic’s first artist-in-residence, is also online at “BigThink” talking about silence, sleep, technology, and other topics, in a half-hour interview that is also available in small topic-oriented segments.  “The opera singer is a night owl who hates to miss a beat,” says BigThink about Hampson’s charming cameos.  The complete interview is available here:

Hampson’s next New York Philharmonic concert is the day after his radio appearance with Lopate, when he performs Alexander von Zemlinsky’s evocative Lyric Symphony (the last of four subscription concerts).  Later this season, Hampson helps the Philharmonic celebrate New Year’s Eve in a gala concert of American music, including songs by Aaron Copland and selections from Broadway musicals (Dec 31).  He also returns to deliver the Philharmonic’s annual Erich Leinsdorf Memorial Lecture, talking about Walt Whitman’s importance in American culture (Jan 11, 2010), and gives three subsequent performances of John Adams’s song cycle, The Wound Dresser, a moving setting of Whitman’s Civil-War era poem (Jan 14-16).

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