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Elbphilharmonie Talk: A Celebration of Black Music

The performers in the concert series »Song of America: A Celebration of Black Music« about a repertoire that is as fine as it is underrepresented – and a project with an impact.

»Song of America: A Celebration of Black Music« celebrates music and texts by African American composers, sung and played by a largely African American cast led by baritone Thomas Hampson and his co-curator Dr. Louise Toppin.

In the Elbphilharmonie Talk, several of the singers and musicians who appear in the three-part concert series– Louise Toppin, Thomas Hampson, Leah Hawkins, Lawrence Brownlee und Roderick Cox – talk about the fantastic composers on the programme, up to now little-known and completely underrepresented on international concert platforms. About African Americans who have always been part of American art music. And about a project that invites the public to enjoy this repertoire in all its diversity.

Song of America: A Celebration of Black Music

All three concerts are available to stream online.

Elbphilharmonie Talk: Song of America – A Celebration of Black Music Elbphilharmonie Talk: Song of America – A Celebration of Black Music © Daniel Dittus
Thomas Hampson & Leah Hawkins Thomas Hampson & Leah Hawkins © Daniel Dittus
Louise Toppin Louise Toppin © Daniel Dittus
Thomas Hampson, Roderick Cox, Lawrence Brownlee und Elbphilharmonie-Pressesprecher Tom R. Schulz (v.r.n.l.) Thomas Hampson, Roderick Cox, Lawrence Brownlee und Elbphilharmonie-Pressesprecher Tom R. Schulz (v.r.n.l.) © Daniel Dittus
Lawrence Brownlee Lawrence Brownlee © Daniel Dittus
Leah Hawkins Leah Hawkins © Daniel Dittus
Elbphilharmonie Talk: Song of America – A Celebration of Black Music Elbphilharmonie Talk: Song of America – A Celebration of Black Music © Daniel Dittus
Roderick Cox Roderick Cox © Daniel Dittus
Leah Hawkins Leah Hawkins © Daniel Dittus
Thomas Hampson Thomas Hampson © Daniel Dittus
Lawrence Brownlee Lawrence Brownlee © Daniel Dittus
Louise Toppin & Lawrence Brownlee Louise Toppin & Lawrence Brownlee © Daniel Dittus
Roderick Cox & Thomas Hampson Roderick Cox & Thomas Hampson © Daniel Dittus
Elbphilharmonie Talk: Song of America – A Celebration of Black Music Elbphilharmonie Talk: Song of America – A Celebration of Black Music © Daniel Dittus

The concert series is the highlight of the 2021 Hamburg International Music Festival, which took place this year in digital form: 20 concert streams, 20 interesting and unusual programmes.

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