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San Francisco Conservatory of Music
San Francisco, CA

Featuring Thomas Hampson & Dana Gioia

A lively mix of music and conversation with baritone Thomas Hampson and California Poet Laureate Dana Gioia in the Concert Hall at San Francisco Conservatory of Music, this event took place on June 14, 2016.

An event of the Hampsong Foundation, in collaboration with the San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and the Adler Fellowship Program of the San Francisco Opera, this public conversation was presented in conjunction with Thomas Hampson’s performances of John Adams’s The Wound Dresser at the San Francisco Symphony. The evening included a conversation between Mr. Hampson and Mr. Gioia on the topic of American song of all forms and its unique position to tell the history of American culture. Live song performances, including musical settings of Mr. Gioia’s poetry and the poetry of Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson, followed the conversation. Performers include mezzo-soprano Renée Rapier, bass-baritone Brad Walker, and pianist Peter Grunberg.

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A conversation between


Thomas Hampson

Founder & Director, The Hampsong Foundation

Thomas Hampson, America’s foremost baritone, hails from Spokane, Washington. He has received many honors and awards for his probing artistry and cultural leadership. He enjoys a singular international career as an opera singer, recording artist, and “ambassador of song,” maintaining an active interest in research, education, musical outreach, and technology. Comprising more than 150 albums, his discography includes winners of a Grammy Award, five Edison Awards, and the Grand Prix du Disque.


Dana Gioia

Poet & California State Poet Laureate

An internationally recognized poet and critic, Dana Gioia is the author of five collections of poetry, including Interrogations at Noon (2001), which won the American Book Award, and 99 Poems: New & Selected (2016). He served as Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts from 2003 to 2009 and is the Judge Widney Professor Professor of Poetry and Public Culture at the University of Southern California where he teaches each fall semester.

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