American Characters

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Sunday, January 08, 2012

The first program in this series features songs about real and fictional characters in American history, including poets, preachers and a president.

Program details (song, composer/poet and performers):

My Days Have Been So Wondrous Free
Francis Hopkinson / Thomas Parnell
Thomas Hampson, baritone; Wolfram Rieger, piano.

Willie We Have Missed You
Stephen Foster / Stephen Foster
Rosalind Rees, soprano; David Starobin, guitar.

Ethiopia Saluting the Colors
Henry T. Burleigh / Walt Whitman
Thomas Hampson, baritone; Craig Rutenberg, piano.

Danny Deever
Walter Damrosch / Rudyard Kipling
David Bispham, baritone; unknown pianist.

The Dodger from Old American Songs, Set 1
Aaron Copland, arr. / Traditional
William Warfield, baritone; Aaron Copland, piano.

General William Booth Enters Into Heaven
Vachel Lindsay reading his own poem.

General William Booth Enters Into Heaven
Sidney Homer / Vachel Lindsay
Thomas Hampson, baritone; Craig Rutenberg, piano.

Charlie Rutlage
Charles Ives / Traditional
Thomas Hampson, baritone; Craig Rutenberg, piano.

Song of the Deathless Voice from Three Indian Songs
Arthur Farwell / Arthur Farwell
Thomas Hampson, baritone; Craig Rutenberg, piano.

A Working Woman from Songs from Letters
Libby Larsen / Martha Jane Canary
Terry Rhodes, soprano; Benton Hess, piano.

Why Do They Shut Me Out of Heaven? from Twelve Poems of Emily Dickinson
Aaron Copland / Emily Dickinson
Joyce DiDonato, mezzo-soprano; David Zobel, piano.

Madam and the Census Man from Madam to You
Elie Siegmeister / Langston Hughes
Esther Hinds, soprano; Alan Mandel, piano.

Richard Cory
John Duke / Edwin Arlington Robinson
Donald Gramm, baritone; Donald Hassard, piano

Letter to Mrs. Bixby from Letters from Lincoln
Michael Daugherty / Abraham Lincoln
Thomas Hampson, baritone; Craig Rutenberg, piano.

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