Song of America: Beyond Liberty illuminates and questions the role of core American values such as freedom and brotherhood, and it engages how these values have shaped the course of American culture. By pairing music, poetry, rhetoric, and history, the beloved American baritone Thomas Hampson introduces us to his unique examination of America. This evening-length work explores the influential people, poetry, and events that helped create and define “the land of the free.” The program will straddle centuries, feature works by composers new and known, highlight the poetry and events that shaped our history, and has been created by the dynamic team Royce Vavrek (librettist), and Francesca Zambello (director) to feature Thomas Hampson and a band of musicians. Song of America: Beyond Liberty will tour to all 50 United States, Washington DC, and Puerto Rico to bring together a sense of what it means to be American.
Tour events will feature a staged performance accompanied by a musical ensemble with appearances from distinguished guest artists, taking audiences on an engaging journey through the history of American culture. Song of America will partner with educational outlets in each region, both on site and through streaming platforms to help students and young musicians learn the importance of American song and music. The Song of America: Beyond Liberty tour will launch a meaningful and ongoing dialogue between audiences and their communities who are itching to see the current moment of introspection represented on stage.
The project is accompanied by the Beyond Liberty Players, a diverse ensemble of exceptional musicians.
In addition to North America, Dorn Music will also be presenting this project in Europe.
August 19, 2018: Glimmerglass Festival, Cooperstown NY, USA
March 1, 2019: Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox, Spokane WA, USA
July 31, 2019: Seiji Ozawa Hall, Tanglewood Festival, Lenox MA, USA
January 28, 2020: Centennial Theatre, Tucson AZ, USA
January 31, 2020: Benaroya Hall, Seattle WA, USA
The Thomas Hampson project Song of America: Beyond Liberty is represented exclusively by Tanja Dorn at Dorn Music.
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