For those looking for a great valentine for the music lover in their lives, baritone Thomas Hampson, one of the world’s top classical singers, is performing with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra in Greencastle on Feb. 23 as part of the DePauw University School of Music Guest Artist Series. Tickets to the 7:30 p.m. concert in the Green Center’s Kresge Auditorium are available in advance for $10.
A native of Elkhart, Hampson has appeared in major opera houses and concert halls the world over. Not just tall in the stature of his reputation, with more than 170 recordings to his credit, the six-foot-four singer also has immense stage presence and an ability to command the spotlight that has made him a favorite of the big houses, such as the Met Opera in New York and Vienna Staatsoper, the leading house in Europe.
For his appearance in Greencastle, Hampson will sing “Des Knaben Wunderhorn (The Youth’s Magic Horn),” a suite of songs by Gustav Mahler, the famed conductor of the Vienna State Opera from 1897 to 1907. The cycle is unique in that rather than having been written with piano accompaniment, this particular group of songs was created with an orchestral setting. Joana Carneira will guest conduct the Saturday night performance with the ISO, which also includes Robert Schumann’s “Symphony No. 2 in C Major, opus 61.”
“Tom Hampson is a wonderful colleague and a joy to sing with,” said Pamela Coburn, DePauw Distinguished Professor of Voice, who can attest to the fact first-hand, having sung with the dynamic baritone in “The Marriage of Figaro” many times in Munich. “He is one of the best if not the best interpreters of our time of Lieder [German art song]. He always brings out the best, musically, in his fellow performers whenever you share the stage with him.”
Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 the day of the performance. Anyone wanting to attend a Guest Artist Series event who cannot afford to pay full ticket price can also take advantage of the pay-what-you-can option. Admission to DePauw School of Music events is free to all students, youth 12 years and younger, and seniors over 65 years of age, as long as tickets are available.
For additional information, contact the Green Center at (765) 658-4827. Tickets may be purchased in person at the GCPA Box Office at 605 S. College Ave., in Greencastle, or online at www.depauw.edu/music/tickets.