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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.

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

Stay tuned here for schedule changes and updates.

March 2021 IDAGIO Live Conversations:

March 2, 2021

In this episode, Thomas Hampson chats with Christie Finn, Managing Director of the Hampsong Foundation, for the beginning of Women's History Month. In this pre-recorded conversation, they discuss their “There is No Gender in Music” radio program from the Song of America series, as well as some resources on Song of America and The Hampsong Foundation website related to women artists.

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February 2021 IDAGIO Live Conversations:

Feb. 2, 2021

In this episode, Thomas speaks with Dr. Louise Toppin and Roderick Cox. Dr. Toppin is a Professor of Music, Voice at the University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theatre, and Dance; she is also a distinguished scholar of the music of African American composers and an internationally-acclaimed soprano. Roderick Cox is an American conductor based in Berlin and winner of the 2018 Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award; he has gained international attention for recent performances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Houston Grand Opera, and Philharmonia Orchestra (London).

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Feb. 9, 2021

In this episode, Thomas speaks with legendary tenor George Shirley. Mr. Shirley is a Grammy-award winning tenor whose career spans 49 years and more than 80 operatic roles in major opera houses around the globe with many of the world’s most renowned conductors. He was the first African American tenor to perform a leading role at the Metropolitan Opera, marking one of many firsts in his career as an educator and performer. Mr. Shirley is the Joseph Edgar Maddy Distinguished University Emeritus Professor of Voice at the University of Michigan, School of Music, Theatre, and Dance and was the first African-American appointed to a high school teaching post in music in Detroit. The George Shirley Vocal Competition honours both his commitment to young artists and his dedication to music by African American composers.

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January 2021 (Schubert Month) IDAGIO Live Conversations:

Jan. 5, 2021

This episode marks the beginning of Schubert month on Hampson's "World of Song" series. Thomas will speak with two of the great living Schubert scholars: Susan Youens and Graham Johnson.

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Jan. 12, 2021

In the second episode of Thomas Hampson's Schubert month series, he speaks with Morten Solvik, the Center Director of IES Abroad Vienna, who has published extensively on Schubert, Mahler, and other composers, focusing on the connections between music and culture in the 19th and early 20th-century Austria. Hampson also speaks with Christopher Gibbs, a professor at Bard College Conservatory of Music, the author of The Life of Schubert, and editor or co-editor of many important Schubert publications, including The Cambridge Companion to Schubert and Franz Schubert and His World.

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SPECIAL EDITION: Jan. 21, 2021

In this episode, Thomas is joined by several young artists and colleagues participating in the Schubert Week at the Pierre Boulez Saal (Berlin) to discuss the great composer, his incredible catalogue of songs, and their experiences performing Schubert.

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Jan. 26, 2021

For the final episode of Thomas Hampson's Schubert month, he speaks with pianist and creator of the Internationale Hugo-Wolf-Akademie's "Der ganze Hugo Wolf" series, Marcelo Amaral. Additionally, Dr. Susan Youens returns to discuss the program notes for the ten programs she wrote for the "Der ganze Hugo Wolf" series. The program notes are available in both German and English on this website.

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December 2020 IDAGIO Live Conversations:

Dec. 1, 2020

In this episode, Thomas chats with Steven Blier, co-founder and Artistic Director of the New York Festival of Song (NYFOS), as well as an accomplished collaborative pianist and vocal coach. He is renowned for his scholarship, especially in uncovering and reviving gems of vocal repertoire through NYFOS, and has an extensive discography, which includes many contemporary works.

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Dec. 8, 2020

In this episode, Thomas chats with baritone Courtney Carey, Artistic Director of Courtney's Stars of Tomorrow, and baritone Justin Austin and soprano Brittany Robinson.

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Dec. 15, 2020

In this episode, four fantastic scholars from previous Song and Beyond and World of Song conversations on IDAGIO - Benjamin Binder, Stephen Rodgers, Laura Tunbridge, and Susan Youens - join Hampson for a "Song Roundtable."

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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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Nov. 24, 2020

In this episode, Thomas chats with Jeff Lunden, freelance arts reporter and producer whose stories have been heard on NPR's Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and Weekend Edition, as well as on other public radio programs. Mr. Lunden has written several scripts for The Hampsong Foundation, including "Arthur Farwell, American Pioneer" (Song of America), "The New World Order" (Song: Mirror of the World) and "The Return of Melody" (Song: Mirror of the World). He has won several awards for his work, including the Gold Medal from the New York Festival International Radio Broadcasting Awards and a CPB Award, and is also an award-winning theater composer.

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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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