Elgar Enigma Variations

Jan 10

8:00 PM

Ives, Elgar

Thursday, January 10, 2019

“In song, you have one of the most amazing diaries of any generation’s culture at a given time,” states Thomas Hampson. The esteemed baritone joins Bramwell Tovey for a concert of American music and songs, followed by Elgar's portraits of his own circle of friends in the Enigma Variations.

Thomas Hampson will sign CDs in Grainger Ballroom following the performance on Friday, January 11, 2019.

Approximate concert duration: 99 minutes including intermission


Ives, orch. Schuman Variations on “America”
Ives & Lowry, arr. Adams At the River
Copland Selections from Old American Songs
Still In Memoriam: The Colored Soldiers Who Died for Democracy
Damrosch & Kipling Danny Deever
Daugherty Letter to Mrs. Bixby from Letters from Lincoln
Corigliano One Sweet Morning from One Sweet Morning
Elgar Enigma Variations


Preconcert conversation with Johann Buis
30 minute run-time

Thursday, January 10, 6:45-7:15 Grainger Ballroom
Friday, January 11, 12:15-12:45 Armour Stage
Saturday, January 12, 6:45-7:15 Armour Stage

Additional Dates for this Program

Though Walt Whitman declared it first — “I hear America singing” — if the poet were still alive, he’d agree that there’s no greater contemporary advocate of his ethos than internationally acclaimed baritone Thomas Hampson. So it’s fitting that Hampson will join the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, for an Americana-themed program, anchored by works of Ives and Copland, and capped off by Elgar’s Enigma Variations. Read more at CSO Sounds & Stories

Though British through and through, conductor Bramwell Tovey declares he's "developed a real passion" for American music. He gained an appreciation for composers Aaron Copland, William Schuman and David Diamond through his association with Leonard Bernstein as a conducting novice. “Having spent time with Bernstein one on one, working pretty intensely, I was terribly interested in the composers who he had a kinship with.” Read more at CSO Sounds & Stories


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The appearance of Thomas Hampson is made possible by the Juli Plant Grainger Fund for Excellence.

The appearance of Thomas Hampson is made possible by The Grainger Fund for Excellence.

This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.