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Thomas Hampson to Receive Artistic Leadership Award

Washington, DC – On April 29, the Atlantic Council will host its 2009 annual Awards Dinner honoring select individuals for distinguished leadership in the political, military, business, and artistic communities. Thomas Hampson, the renowned American baritone, will receive the distinguished Artistic Leadership Award and will also provide a special performance for dinner attendees.

The Atlantic Council established the Artistic Leadership Award in 2008 as a reminder that art and the artist stand at the core of the values shared by the Atlantic Community. A Washington State native, Hampson has lived and worked in both Europe and America for most of his professional career, and can be seen truly to embody the spirit of both the Atlantic Community and the award.

Thomas Hampson is among the world’s most celebrated, sought after singers performing on the stage today. He entered the top echelon of the musical world during the mid-1980s, when he made concurrent debuts with the Zurich Opera, Vienna State Opera, and the Metropolitan Opera, along with celebrated performances and recordings with Leonard Bernstein. During the last 25 years, Hampson has performed 70 roles in a dozen languages, including title roles in nearly every major opera house in the world. In addition to his operatic career, he is among the leading interpreters of the art song repertoire and regularly performs solo recitals in the European and American musical capitals, including recitals at the White House.

Hampson can be heard on over 150 CD recordings and 20 DVDs, and has received nearly every major recording award including the Grammy and Gramophone Awards, the Edison Prize for Lifetime Achievement, and the Echo-Klassik Prize. A member of the European Academy of Arts and Sciences, he was named Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the Republic of France, and received the Ehrenkreuz für Wissenschaft und Kunst from the Republic of Austria, besides several honorary doctorates. Featured regularly on PBS and on European television, Hampson has also produced television specials focused on the art of song as a narrative of our shared cultural experiences. As the Library of Congress’s Special Advisor to the Study and Performance of Music in America, he collaborates with the Library on a joint initiative, the “Song of America” project, which highlights the importance of poetry and song in present-day American culture. Hampson is also a passionate single handicap golfer, a dog lover, and devotee of new technologies and media, especially those produced by Apple.

This year’s Atlantic Council Awards Dinner will also honor 41st President George H.W. Bush and former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl for their distinguished international leadership; U.S. Central Command Chief General David Petraeus for military leadership; and IBM Chairman, CEO, and President Samuel Palmisano for business leadership. The dinner commemorates two historic dates in transatlantic relations: the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, where President Bush and close ally Chancellor Kohl helped make the reunification of Germany and the peaceful end of the Cold War a reality, and the 60th anniversary of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Both of these events contributed to a freer and more united Europe.

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