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IDAGIO Live
Hampsong Foundation: Song and Beyond

Part of Thomas's World of Song

Beginning in September 2020, Thomas is devoting his IDAGIO Live World of Song series on Tuesdays to projects of the Hampsong Foundation, presenting riveting conversations with scriptwriters and scholars from our Song of America and Song: Mirror of the World projects, as well as composers and artists featured in those series.

Upcoming guests include:

November 24 (at 1pm Eastern / 19h Central European): Jeff Lunden, freelance arts reporter and producer often heard on NPR

Below, you will find links to listen to the conversations, as they are available.

Stay tuned here for schedule changes and updates.

November 2020 IDAGIO Live Conversations:

Nov. 3, 2020

In this episode, Thomas chats with Dr. Mark Clague, Associate Professor of Musicology and Entrepreneurship & Leadership, and also Associate Dean for Undergraduate Academic Affairs, at the University of Michigan, School of Music, Theatre, and Dance. Dr. Clague is an expert on “The Star-Spangled Banner,” and is currently writing a book on the Banner, its mythology and history, and the role that it has played, and continues to play, in American Democracy.

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Nov. 17, 2020

In this episode, Thomas chats with Benjamin Binder: musicologist, pianist, and Chair of Musicianship and Associate Professor of Music at Duquesne University. Binder wrote the script for The Hampsong Foundation's Song: Mirror of the World program "Paris: City of Light" and is an expert on art song, especially during the long nineteenth century. As a collaborative pianist, Binder is passionate about the connection between scholarship and performance.

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October 2020 IDAGIO Live Conversations:

Oct. 13, 2020

In this episode, Thomas chats with Stephen Rodgers, a music theory and musicianship professor at the University of Oregon. Rodgers wrote the script for The Hampsong Foundation's Song: Mirror of the World program "Fascination with the Foreign," and he is an expert on the relationship between poetry and music, as well as women composers, especially Fanny Hensel.

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Oct. 20, 2020

In this episode, Thomas chats with Laura Tunbridge, Professor of Music at the University of Oxford. Tunbridge wrote the script for The Hampsong Foundation's Song: Mirror of the World program "The Great War and Its Echoes" and is an expert on Robert Schumann, as well as the history of the song cycle in the 19th and 20th centuries. Her book Singing in the Age of Anxiety (2018) investigates vocal recitals in London and New York during the 1920s and 1930s.

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Oct. 27, 2020

In this episode, Thomas chats with Darryl Taylor, an exceptional countertenor and Professor at UC Irvine. Darryl's recordings (especially settings of Langston Hughes) feature prominent in The Hampsong Foundation's Song of America series, and he is the founder of the African American Art Song Alliance, an important and singular organization for the advancement and dissemination of songs composed by African American composers.

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September 2020 IDAGIO Live Conversations:

September 1, 2020

To kick off the series, Thomas Hampson chats with Hampsong Foundation Managing Director Christie Finn, who wrote scripts for several radio programs in the Song of America and Song: Mirror of the World series.

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September 8, 2020

In this episode, Thomas chats with Dr Michael Haas, who wrote the script for the Foundation's Song: Mirror of the World program "Forbidden Music, Silenced Voices," and is the author of Forbidden Music: The Jewish Composers Banned by the Nazis. Dr Haas is also a Senior Researcher and Recording Producer at exil.arte.

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September 15, 2020

In this episode, Thomas and Christie Finn, Managing Director of The Hampsong Foundation, chat with composers Lori Laitman and B.E. Boykin. The episode centers on Women's Creativity, using the Song of America program "There is No Gender in Music" as the starting point. Together, they also discuss their work as musicians and composers today, especially as composers of vocal music and song.

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September 22, 2020

In this episode, Thomas chats with musicologist Dr. Susan Youens, widely regarded as one of the world's foremost authorities on German song and the music of Franz Schubert and Hugo Wolf. Dr. Youens wrote the script for our Song: Mirror of the World program "After Wagner," and some of her writing on Wolf and Schubert is available on our website.

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September 29, 2020

In this episode, Thomas chats with Terrance McKnight, the evening host on WQXR and the Artistic Advisor for the Harlem Chamber Players. Mr McKnight wrote the script for the Foundation's Song of America program "Langston Hughes and the Harlem Renaissance."

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