WelcomeWe invite all lovers of song to explore connections between poetry and music, between history and culture, through the work of American composers and poets. Song of America is a database resource where you can listen to songs, learn more about them, read their lyrics, find scores, and link to relevant Web sites. For the most updated information about the Song of America radio series, click here: Song of America Radio Series.
Words and music are inextricably linked for Ned Rorem. Time Magazine has called him "the world's best composer of art songs" (which number in the hundreds), yet his musical and literary ventures extend far beyond that specialized field.
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Photo: The Official Ned Rorem Website
The reclusive Emily Dickinson wrote nearly 2,000 poems, covering the themes of life and death, immortality and the grave, solitude and society, nature and mankind, isolation and election. One of America’s great poets, her work has been set by scores of composers.
The internationally renowned operatic baritone Thomas Hampson explores the power of classic American songs as the gateway for a richer knowledge of the cultures, languages, peoples, and events that have shaped American life.
The workshop will include a full complement of activities: sessions exploring both content and pedagogical strategies, a conversation with Hampson about his passion for telling the story of history and culture through classic song, and a special live performance focusing on songs related to the material covered in the workshop. The live performance will be a video conference between the University of Michigan and Manhattan School of Music, and will be available online via live-stream to view around the world.
This workshop is ideal for Language Arts, History, Social Studies, and Performing Arts teachers.
A special aspect of this event is a live performance of American songs by three young artists from the Ryan Opera Center; the performances will lead to individual conversations between Thomas Hampson and the artists about the world of each particular song, and it’s importance in telling the history of American culture. The entire event will be live-streamed online so that you can watch live from anywhere in the world! Video of the event will later be archived on the Hampsong Foundation website.
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