Places That Sing to Us

There are places in the American landscape that are part of our collective consciousness, thanks to music. In this program, we listen to songs that have helped shape the way we see our country.

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Song Listing

Song listings with composer / poet, performers, CD label, and CD number:

My Native Land

Charles Ives

William Sharp, baritone; Steven Blier, piano

Record#: Albany Records TROY 077

A Life in the West

Henry Russell

George Pope Morris

Clifford Jackson, baritone; Peter Basquin, piano

Record#: New World Records 80251

Home on the Range

Daniel Kelley

Dr. Brewster Higley

John Charles Thomas, baritone; orchestra conducted by Nathaniel Shilkret

Record#: Nimbus NI 7838

E-Ri-E Canal

Thomas Hampson, baritone; Armen Guzelimian, piano

Record#: EMI Classics 41645 2 8

My Old Kentucky Home

Stephen Foster

Stephen Foster

Marian Anderson, contralto; Victor Symphony Orchestra conducted by C. O’Connell

Record#: Magnum Music MCCD

Sugar in the Cane

Paul Bowles

Tennessee Williams

Thomas Hampson, baritone; Craig Rutenberg, piano

Record#: THM 5432

Song Collection: Blue Mountain Ballads

Knoxville: Summer of 1915 (op. 24)

Samuel Barber

James Agee

Leontyne Price, soprano; Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Thomas Schippers

Record#: RCA Victor 61983

Hell in Texas

Steven Mark Kohn

Andrew Garland, baritone; Donna Loewy, piano

Record#: Azica B001AGNMBW

The Boatmen's Dance

Aaron Copland

Thomas Hampson, baritone; St. Paul Chamber Orchestra conducted by Hugh Wolff

Record#: Teldec 77310-2

Song Collection: Old American Songs, Set 1

River Chanty

Kurt Weill

Maxwell Anderson

Steven Kimbrough, baritone; Dalton Baldwin, piano

Record#: Arabesque Z6579

The Housatonic at Stockbridge

Charles Ives

Robert Underwood Johnson

Jan DeGaetani, mezzo-soprano; Gilbert Kalish, piano

Record#: Nonesuch 71325

The Lordly Hudson

Ned Rorem

Paul Goodman

Susan Graham, mezzo-soprano; Malcolm Martineau, piano

Record#: Erato 80222


Program 11: Thomas Hampson, baritone; Armen Guzelimian, piano | Program 13: Thomas Hampson, baritone; Wolfram Rieger, piano

Record#: Program 11: EMI/Angel 0946 3 4645 2 8 | Program 13: TH 5432