Tune in with baritone Thomas Hampson and special guests every Tuesday evening for insights into some of their favorite repertoire and recordings. This month, Thomas' "World of Song" series focuses on the upcoming Song of America: A Celebration of Black Music festival, which is part of the Hamburg International Music Festival.
In this episode, Thomas is joined by composer Dr Adolphus Hailstork and soprano/scholar Dr Louise Toppin, who is also co-curator of the festival with Thomas. Dr Toppin will perform a few of Dr Hailstork's songs at the festival. One of her many projects in service of the music of Black composers is putting out recordings and scores of Dr Hailstork's songs.
Dr Hailstork's music has been performed by major orchestras (Philadelphia, Chicago, New York) and leading conductors such as Daniel Barenboim, Lorin Maazel, JoAnn Falletta, James DePriest, and Paul Freeman, among others. One of his compositions (Fanfare on "Amazing Grace") was performed at the inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. Current projects include his Fourth Symphony and the requiem cantata A Knee on the Neck (Tribute to George Floyd) for chorus and orchestra. He recently retired from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, where he served as a Professor of Music and Eminent Scholar since 2000.
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