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In I HEAR AMERICA SINGING, we bring you the exciting story of American
concert song and its cultural contexts. With Thomas Hampson as your host
and guide, we invite you to embark on a multimedia journey to listen to
what our great poet Walt Whitman called "our varied carols" and to learn
about the composers, poets, writers, artists, ideas, and events that have
shaped the American song saga.
This Web piece is a companion to the GREAT PERFORMANCES telecast
THOMAS HAMPSON: I HEAR AMERICA SINGING. A production of Thirteen/WNET in
New York, this television special spotlights enduring American classics by
Stephen Foster, Leonard Bernstein, and others, performed definitively by
Hampson, Marilyn Horne, Frederica von Stade, Dawn Upshaw,
Harolyn Blackwell and Jerry Hadley. Also on hand for the gala evening are pianists
John Browning and Craig Rutenberg, Jay Ungar,
Molly Mason, and David Alpher. The special was recorded in concert at
New York's Town Hall and on location in Kentucky; Amherst, Walden Pond, and Concord, MA; and at Walt Whitman's Camden, NJ home.
We recommend that you first enter I HEAR AMERICA SINGING in either of two ways: through the Overview, which provides a narrative history of American concert song, or the Timeline, which presents that history in graphical format. Each of these sections links to the Profiles section in which biographies of key composers, artists, poets, and artistic movements can be found. The Songbook contains Real Audio songs sung by Thomas Hampson and friends. Also included is a Resources section, containing an extensive bibliography and a list of related Web sites, which you can use to post questions or comments to our bulletin board, or read the postings of others.
This web companion piece to the PBS program has been made possible by the generous funding support of Sibylle & Victor Reyniak, and two angels of the humanities who request to remain anonymous.
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