Elgar Enigma Variations

Jan 12

8:00 PM

Ives, Elgar

Saturday, January 12, 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.


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

In his 40s when he wrote his Enigma Variations, composer Edward Elgar was seemingly doomed to a life of obscurity. His music had acquired no particular following, and he had abandoned an attempt to make his name in London, returning to Worcestershire, where he had lived as a young man. But in this provincial community, he had a rich circle of friends. Each of the Enigma Variations is a character sketch immortalizing one of them. 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.