Baritone Thomas Hampson began his season-long role as the New York Philharmonic’s Mary and James G. Wallach Artist-in-Residence with a November 2 lecture, “Listening to Thought: Vienna’s Paradigm Shift,” focusing on Zemlinsky’s Lyric Symphony and the period between the two world wars in Vienna. The November lecture is the first of three “Listening to Thought” events with Hampson this season, which will explore the interplay of verbal and musical languages in vocal music. Hampson will sing with soprano Hillevi Martinpelto in the Philharmonic’s four performances of the Zemlinsky work, beginning on November 5. This season Hampson is also serving as the Philharmonic’s Leonard Bernstein Scholar-in-Residence. In connection with both residencies, Hampson will perform during the orchestra’s European tour in January 2010 and give a recital in Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center. Hampson, a renowned recitalist, is devoting much of the 2009-10 season to his “Song of America” project, a series of recitals, master classes, educational activities, exhibitions, and broadcasts, in collaboration with the Library of Congress. Hampson’s most recent performance with the New York Philharmonic was on September 20, 2001, in Brahms’s Ein Deutsches Requiem in memory of 9/11.
Posted November 5, 2009