Thomas Hampson’s “Song of America” Project Celebrating 250 Years of American Song Launches Today in Winona, Minnesota

“Song of America” Performances, Recordings and Information Will Be Accessible to Global Audience Thanks to Radio Broadcasts, Streaming, Podcasts, Downloading and Internet Forums

NewApple Hampson iPhone and iTouch FanApplication Offers Live Performances, Radio Broadcasts, Podcasts, Tour Info and Recordings to iPhone Users 

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 Thomas Hampson’s “Song of America” Project Celebrating 250 Years of American Song Launches Today in Winona, Minnesota

“Song of America” Performances, Recordings and Information Will Be Accessible to Global Audience Thanks to Radio Broadcasts, Streaming, Podcasts, Downloading and Internet Forums

NewApple Hampson iPhone and iTouch FanApplication Offers Live Performances, Radio Broadcasts, Podcasts, Tour Info and Recordings to iPhone Users 

Reflecting his long-held passion for technology and innovation, Thomas Hampson launches his “Song of America” project today with several new media initiatives and collaborations between traditional and web-based broadcasters and content providers – all very new to classical music circles and still very much at the cutting edge of music promotion in any genre.

Today, July 9, Hampson will perform his first “Song of America” recital in Winona, MN, where the lucky audience will be able to take the concert home for free.  Each member of the tour’s opening-night concert audience will receive a card bearing a special code that enables them to go home and download the program they just heardthrough www.InstantEncore.com. This recital program will be recorded by Minnesota Public Radio for American Public Media for broadcast and streaming in several formats and on several programs throughout the course of the “Song of America” tour (which runs from July 2009 through February 2010), as well as for InstantEncore.com. The recital material will be divided into segments, to which commentary on the individual works by Hampson himself will be added, creating a series of insightful programs on American song that will become a regular feature on Performance Today *. Both the concert and short program segments will also be made available through other American Public Media outlets that can be heard throughout the US on more than 240 radio stations, more than 100 of which stream their content, and through the European Broadcasting Union, which syndicates to 110 radio stations around the world. The material will also be posted on ThomasHampson.com, PerformanceToday.org, InstantEncore.com and other web sites. 

In addition to features on radio and on the web, recitals and radio broadcast segments will also be available through a newly launched “Thomas Hampson” iPhone application powered by InstantEncore.com and available though the Apple iPhone store for free download. The Thomas Hampson iPhone app also includes tour dates and ticket information, as well as music, news, blogs, podcasts, program notes, and links to Hampson’s online communities.

Following performances in Winona today and in Wisconsin on July 12, where listeners worldwide will be able to hear the recital again through streaming on InstantEncore.com, Hampson will sing at the Ravinia Festival on July 16, in an American recital program with a special focus on Abraham Lincoln, one of the themes of the Ravinia Festival this summer. On July 15 Hampson will appear as a guest host on Chicago’s WFMT-FM, live from 4:00pm to 5:30pm (CT), during which he will preview the Ravinia recital, discuss his “Song of America” project, and play some music from his soon-to-be-released recording, Wondrous Free. This special WFMT program will be streamed live at www.wfmt.com and recorded, and it will be made available on InstantEncore.com and the iPhone app shortly after the show airs. The Ravinia recital will also be recorded by WFMT, broadcast, webcast, and available to listeners worldwide through InstantEncore.com.

Thomas Hampson’s new recording, Wondrous Free, created to accompany the tour, will be available through iTunes on the THM (Thomas Hampson Media) label beginning in mid-July, and a CD will be released soon afterwards.

A comprehensive and cohesive network of broadcasters and web sites – including radio stations and networks and their respective web sites, InstantEncore.com, ThomasHampson.com, Thomas Hampson’s newly launched Facebook page, and other social media sites – will provide a wealth of music from and information about American song in this its 250th anniversary year.

“Song of America” July 2009 tour dates:

July 9

Winona, MN - Minnesota Beethoven Festival

July 12

Williams Bay, WI - Music at the Lake

July 16

Highland Park, IL - Ravinia Festival

July 22

Lenox, MA - Tanglewood Festival

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* for a list of stations and broadcast times, visit www.performancetoday.org

www.hampsong.com

© 21C Media Group, July 2009 Published: July 10, 2009

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