There are places in the American landscape that are part of our collective consciousness, thanks to music. In this program, we listen to songs that have helped shape the way we see our country.
Program details (song, composer/poet and performers):
My Native Land
Charles Ives / Charles Ives adaptation of Heinrich Heine
William Sharp, baritone; Steven Blier, piano.
A Life in the West
Henry Russell / George Pope Morris
Clifford Jackson, baritone; Peter Basquin, piano.
Home on the Range
Daniel Kelley, arranged by David Wendel Guion / Dr. Brewster Higley
John Charles Thomas, baritone; orchestra conducted by Nathaniel Shilkret.
Roger Ames, arr. / Traditional
Thomas Hampson, baritone; Armen Guzelimian, piano.
My Old Kentucky Home
Stephen Foster / Stephen Foster
Marian Anderson, contralto; Victor Symphony Orchestra conducted by C. O’Connell.
Sugar in the Cane from Blue Mountain Ballads
Paul Bowles / Tennessee Williams
Thomas Hampson, baritone; Craig Rutenberg, piano.
Knoxville: Summer of 1915 (first movement)
Samuel Barber / James Agee
Leontyne Price, soprano; Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Thomas Schippers
Hell in Texas
Steven Mark Kohn / Traditional
Andrew Garland, baritone; Donna Loewy, piano.
The Boatmen’s Dance from Old American Songs, Set 1
Daniel Decatur Emmett, arranged by Aaron Copland / Daniel Decatur Emmett
Thomas Hampson, baritone; St. Paul Chamber Orchestra conducted by Hugh Wolff.
River Chanty from Huckleberry Finn or Raft on the River
Kurt Weill / Maxwell Anderson (based on Mark Twain)
Steven Kimbrough, baritone; Dalton Baldwin, piano.
The Housatonic at Stockbridge
Charles Ives / Robert Underwood Johnson
Jan DeGaetani, mezzo-soprano; Gilbert Kalish, piano.
The Lordly Hudson
Ned Rorem / Paul Goodman
Susan Graham, mezzo-soprano; Malcolm Martineau, piano.
Stephen White, arr. / Traditional
Thomas Hampson, baritone; Wolfram Rieger, piano.