Thomas Hampson Master Class on Mahler Songs at Manhattan School of Music Tomorrow, March 30, at 2 pm

Tonight Hampson Begins Run at Met in Verdi’s La Traviata; April 5 Sees Start of Series of Events with New York Philharmonic

Eminent American baritone Thomas Hampson, a Manhattan School of Music Distinguished Visiting Artist, will coach select small ensembles in a master class at the school tomorrow, Tuesday, March 30 at 2 PM. The groups, comprising students in the orchestral performance program, 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 a collaboration between the distance learning and orchestral performance programs, the coaching will be open to the public on a first-come first-served basis, with no tickets required, and it will be streamed on http://dl.msmnyc.edu/live and with the Thomas Hampson iPhone app.

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

Hampson’s master class 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 – in the first of eight performances through April 24. April also finds Hampson busy across the plaza in 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. On April 16, at Symphony Space, Hampson will give the world premiere of Matthias Pintscher’s songs from Solomon’s garden, commissioned by the orchestra and written expressly for Hampson; the concert will be repeated the following evening, 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; Hampson will explore the iconography, metaphor, and imagery of this epochal period for European art song.

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