Music, in its many diverse genres and origins, is a universal narrative of who we are, it transcends boundaries and invites understanding. Spokane’s own Grammy Award-winning baritone, Thomas Hampson, and acclaimed pianist Lara Downes explore over 250 years of American history through songs on an engaging journey through American culture. Through the eyes of poets and the ears of composers, the core American values such as freedom and brotherhood will come to life featuring works by composers such as Foster, Bernstein, Ives, and poets such as Lincoln, Dickinson, Whitman, and Hughes. Lara Downes, whose 2018 album For Lenny, a tribute to Leonard Bernstein’s legacy, appeared in Billboard’s Top 20.
This special show, created by Thomas Hampson first premiered at the Glimmerglass Festival in 2018 with a libretto by Royce Vavrek staged by Francesca Zambello. This Spokane “coming home” staged performance will feature an ensemble of musicians from the Spokane Symphony. Additional events surrounding the Song of America: Beyond Liberty project include partnerships with area schools to invite students and teachers to see the importance of the history of American culture through our stories and songs