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Thomas Hampson Teaches A Master Class at Manhattan School of Music, 3/30

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 and with the Thomas Hampson iPhone app.

Thomas Hampson comments:

"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."

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.

Despite his dizzyingly busy April schedule, Hampson will take time to pay a tribute in song to Frederica von Stade, this year's honoree at the Metropolitan Opera Guild's 75th annual luncheon on April 20 at the Waldorf=Astoria.

Music lovers with an an iPhone or iTouch can download Thomas Hampson's Fan App for free through iTunes following these instructions:

From your iPhone/iTouch, go to the App Store and type in "Thomas Hampson" and install for free in minutes.

From your computer click the following link to download the App into your iTunes:

In the Hampson Fan app, open your app and watch the live master class.

Thomas Hampson: spring and summer 2010 engagements

(New York Philharmonic Mary and James G. Wallach Artist-in-Residence events are shown in bold)

March 29; April 3, 7, 10, 13, 17, 21, and 24
New York, NY
Metropolitan Opera
Verdi: La traviata - Germont

March 30 at 2pm
Manhattan School of Music
Global Conservatory Master Class
Streamed live at

April 5
New York, NY
Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse
"Listening to Thought: A Guide to German Romanticism"

April 11
New York, NY
Recital at Alice Tully Hall, presented by the New York Philharmonic and Lincoln Center's "Art of the Song" series
Wolfram Rieger, piano
Schumann: Dichterliebe, Op. 48 (manuscript version, 20 songs)
Barber: songs, including Three Songs, Op. 10, and Three Songs, Op. 45

April 16 and 17
New York, NY
CONTACT!, the New York Philharmonic's new-music series
World premiere of new work by Matthias Pintscher
Symphony Space (April 16)
Metropolitan Museum of Art (April 17)
New York Philharmonic / Alan Gilbert

April 20
New York, NY
75th annual Metropolitan Opera Guild luncheon
"Flicka and Friends - A Loving Tribute to Frederica von Stade"

May 2, 6, 12, and 14
Zurich, Switzerland
Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin (title role)
Opernhaus Zürich

May 10
Zurich, Switzerland
Wolfram Rieger, piano

May 28
Düsseldorf, Germany
Opening concert of Robert Schumann Festival
Works by Schumann, Barber, and Mendelssohn
Wolfram Rieger, piano
Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen

May 29
Düsseldorf, Germany
Robert Schumann Festival
Symposium on Romantic "Bildersprache"

May 30
Dublin, Ireland
"Song of America" recital
Wolfram Rieger, piano

June 1
Berlin, Germany
Wolfram Rieger, piano

June 4
St. Petersburg, Russia
Mahler: Kindertotenlieder
St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra / Yuri Temirkanov

June 20
Mannheim, Germany
Opera Gala

June 26
Vienna, Austria
Vienna State Opera Gala

June 30
Vienna, Austria
Wagner: Parsifal - Amfortas

July 7
Kaliste, Czech Republic
Mahler Sesquicentennial Celebration

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