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Thomas Hampson Master Class

Eminent American baritone Thomas Hampson, a Manhattan School of Music Distinguished Visiting Artist, will coach select small ensembles comprised of students in the Orchestral Performance Program in a master class tomorrow, Tuesday, March 30 at 2 PM at the Manhattan School of Music. . 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 and in the Thomas Hampson iPhone app. 

Thomas Hampson comments:

“There is nothing more important and exciting in the world of education today than the world of education technologies and their ability to expand outreach and guarantee content quality,” says Thomas Hampson. “The Manhattan School of Music continues to be at the forefront of this endeavor, and I am thrilled to be part in what we believe is the first classical music-related live event in an iPhone App.”

Hampson’s master class at the Manhattan School of Music is one of a remarkable string of performances and special appearances he will make in New York City in the coming weeks, beginning tonight when he encores the role of Germont in Verdi’s La traviata at the Metropolitan Opera (eight performances through April 24).  These Met performances complement a series of events that are part of his yearlong appointment as the first Mary and James G. Wallach Artist-in-Residence of the New York Philharmonic: his recital at Avery Fisher Hall on April 11, co-presented by the Philharmonic and Lincoln Center’s “Art of the Song” series, will feature Schumann’s great song cycle Dichterliebe and songs by Samuel Barber; and on April 16, at Symphony Space, he will give the world-premiere of Matthias Pintscher’s songs from Solomon’s garden, commissioned by the orchestra and written expressly for Hampson (a second performance follows on April 17 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, with both performances conducted by Philharmonic Music Director Alan Gilbert). 

Hampson’s third and final Insights Series event for the Philharmonic this season, “Listening to Thought: A Guide to German Romanticism”, will take place on April 5 at Lincoln Center’s Kaplan Penthouse, and will explore the iconography, metaphor, and imagery of this epochal period for European art song.

Despite this jam-packed schedule, Hampson will also take time to pay a tribute in song to Frederica von Stade, who is being honored this year at the Metropolitan Opera Guild’s 75th annual luncheon on April 20 at the Waldorf=Astoria.

Music lovers with an an iPhone or iTouch can download Thomas Hampson’s Fan App for free through iTunes following these instructions:

From your iPhone/iTouch, go to the App Store and type in “Thomas Hampson” and install for free in minutes. 

 From your computer click the following link to download the App into your iTunes:

In the Hampson Fan App, open your App and watch the live masterclass.


Thomas Hampson: spring and summer 2010 engagements

(New York Philharmonic Mary and James G. Wallach Artist-in-Residence events are shown in bold)

March 29; April 3, 7, 10, 13, 17, 21, and 24
New York, NY
Metropolitan Opera
Verdi: La traviata – Germont
March 30 at 2pm
Manhattan School of Music
Global Conservatory Master Class
Streamed live at
April 5
New York, NY
Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse
“Listening to Thought: A Guide to German Romanticism”
April 11
New York, NY
Recital at Alice Tully Hall, presented by the New York Philharmonic and Lincoln Center’s Art of the Song series
Wolfram Rieger, piano
Schumann: Dichterliebe, Op. 48 (manuscript version, 20 songs)
Barber: Songs, including Three Songs, Op. 10, and Three Songs, Op. 45

April 16 and 17
New York, NY
CONTACT!, The New York Philharmonic’s New-Music Series
World premiere of new work by Matthias Pintscher
Symphony Space (April 16)
Metropolitan Museum of Art (April 17)
New York Philharmonic / Alan Gilbert

April 20
New York, NY
75th Annual Metropolitan Opera Guild Luncheon
“Flicka and Friends – A Loving Tribute to Frederica von Stade”
May 2, 6, 12, and 14
Zurich, Switzerland
Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin (title role)
Opernhaus Zürich
May 10
Zurich, Switzerland
Wolfram Rieger, piano
May 28
Düsseldorf, Germany
Opening concert of Robert Schumann Festival
Works by Schumann, Barber, and Mendelssohn
Wolfram Rieger, piano
Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen
May 29
Düsseldorf, Germany
Robert Schumann Festival
Symposium on Romantic “Bildersprache”
May 30
Dublin, Ireland
“Song of America” recital
Wolfram Rieger, piano
June 1
Berlin, Germany
Wolfram Rieger, piano
June 4
St. Petersburg, Russia
Mahler: Kindertotenlieder
St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra / Yuri Temirkanov
June 20
Mannheim, Germany
Opera Gala
June 26
Vienna, Austria
Vienna State Opera Gala
June 30
Vienna, Austria
Wagner: Parsifal – Amfortas
July 7
Kaliste, Czech Republic
Mahler Sesquicentennial Celebration

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