Thomas Hamspon Poets & Patriotism Recital Program

Thomas Hampson’s program for our Poets & Patriotism recital at the U.S. Library of Congress has gone to press. It offers a historical survey of how American lyricists have confronted the issues of life in the United States, celebrating, negotiating, and inspiring public dialogue about what it means to be a citizen. UPDATE: the full recital can now be viewed on the Library of Congress website here.

Poets and Patriotism:
Celebrating the 200th Anniversary of “The Star Spangled Banner”

  • Thomas Hampson, baritone
  • Matthew Thompson, collaborative pianist
  • Mark Clague, music historian
  • University of Michigan Alumni Men’s Chorus with Robert Baker, Jean Bernard Cerin, Mark Clague, Joseph Gradisher, David Kozisek, Mike Rowan. Matthew Schwartz, and Michael Steelman

Library of Congress
The recital will take place in the Coolidge Auditorium of the original Library of Congress building, next door to the U.S. Capitol. at the Washington Mall.

Library of Congress Coolidge Auditorium, 2pm July 3, 2014
Tickets are free, but must be reserved in advance
1. Setting the Stage with Francis Hopkinson and Franz Joseph Haydn

  1. My Days Have Been So Wondrous’ Free
  2. O’er the Hills
  3. My Generous Heart Disdains
  4. The Sailor’s Song (Haydn)

The Anthem
*5. The Anacreontic Song (music by John Stafford Smith, 1775 / 1776)
6. Yankee Doodle (later 1750s)
*7. Adams and Liberty (Thomas Paine, 1798)
*8. When the Warrior Returns (Francis Scott Key, 1805)
*9. The Star-Spangled Banner (Francis Scott Key, 1814, original version)
Life & Politics
10. Oh! Who Has Not Seen (1843)
11. Oh Say, Do You Hear? (E. A. Atlee, 1844)
12. Comrades, Fill No Glass For Me (Stephen Foster, 1855)
 A Nation Divided
*13 Hard Times Come Again No More (Stephen Foster, 1854)
*14. That’s What’s the Matter (Stephen Foster, 1862)
15. Letter to Mrs. Bixby (Michael Daugherty, 2009)
16. Ethiopia Saluting the Colors (Harry T. Burleigh, 1915)
The Anthem United
17. Das Star-Spangled Banner (Civil War era)
18. La bandera de las estrellas (1918)
19. In Flanders Fields (Charles Ives, 1919)
Patriotic Participation
*20. America the Beautiful (Katherine Lee Bates, 1895)
*21. Lift Every Voice and Sing (James Weldon Johnson, 1900)
*22. The Star-Spangled Banner, Service Version (1918)
* = chorus participation

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