When baritone Thomas Hampson returns to Herbst Theatre at the end of this month to give his recital for San Francisco Performances (SFP), he will extend his reputation as the “Ambassador of American song” in a new direction. Rather than surveying the history of American song, as he did during his last visit to Herbst with a program entitled Song of America – A Diary, he will present the world premiere of Domicilium, a song cycle by the 31-year-old American composer Michael Hersch based on the poems of Thomas Hardy. This will be the centerpiece of a program that will also include a selection of seven songs by Samuel Barber and Robert Schumann’s Opus 39 Liederkreis settings of poems by Joseph von Eichendorff. Hampson will be accompanied by pianist Wolfram Rieger.
This recital will take place at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, February 26, in Herbst Theatre (401 Van Ness Avenue at the southwest corner of McAllister Street). Tickets are on sale for $80, $59, and $39. Further information may be obtained from SFP at 415-392-2545. Tickets may also be purchased through the Web page for this event.