Stephen Foster

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Sunday, January 15, 2012

“Stephen Foster’s music is the trunk of the tree of American song, sturdy with songs we love to sing,” says Thomas Hampson. In this program we explore Foster’s music, the varied artistic roots he drew from, and the musical branches that grew from his work.

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

Open Thy Lattice, Love
Stephen Foster / George Pope Morris
Thomas Hampson, baritone; Jay Ungar, mandolin; Molly Mason, bass; David Alpher, piano.

Oh! Susanna
Stephen Foster / Stephen Foster
Matthew Sabatella and the Rambling String Band.

Camptown Races
Stephen Foster / Stephen Foster
Pete Seeger, singer and guitar.

Le Banjo
Louis Moreau Gottschalk
Philip Martin, piano.

Symphony No. 2, fifth movement
Charles Ives
New York Philharmonic; Leonard Bernstein, conductor.

Oft in the Stilly Night
Traditional Irish tune arranged by John Stevenson / Thomas Moore
Maggie Teyte, soprano.

Ah! May the Red Rose Live Alway!
Stephen Foster / Stephen Foster
Thomas Hampson, baritone; Jay Ungar, violin; Molly Mason, bass and guitar; David Alpher, piano.

Tu che a Dio spiegasti l’ali from Lucia di Lammermoor
Gaetano Donizetti / Salvatore Cammarano after Sir Walter Scott
José Carreras, tenor; New Philharmonia Orchestra/Jesús López-Cobos.

Jeanie With the Light Brown Hair
Stephen Foster / Stephen Foster
Marilyn Horne, mezzo-soprano; Osian Ellis, harp.

Nelly Was a Lady
Stephen Foster / Stephen Foster
Thomas Hampson, baritone; Craig Rutenberg, piano.

Old Folks at Home
Stephen Foster, arranged by Antonin Dvorak / Stephen Foster
Arthur Woodley, baritone; Collegiate Chorale and Harmonie Ensemble, Steven Richman, conductor.

Swanee River Rock
Ray Charles, based on Stephen Foster / Stephen Foster
Ray Charles, singer.

Swanee
George Gershwin, based on Stephen Foster / Irving Caesar
Al Jolson, singer.

Comrades, Fill No Glass for Me
Stephen Foster / Stephen Foster
Thomas Hampson, baritone; Jay Ungar and Evan Stover, violin; Molly Mason, bass; David Alpher, piano.

Hard Times Come Again No More
Stephen Foster / Stephen Foster
Willie Nelson, singer and guitar; Darol Anger, fiddle; David Grisman, mandolin; Phillip Aaberg, keyboard.

Beautiful Dreamer
Stephen Foster / Stephen Foster
Thomas Hampson, baritone; Jay Ungar, violin; Molly Mason, guitar; David Alpher, piano.

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