Song of America

 "These songs – our songs – say everything, through the eyes of our poets and the ears of our composers, about the culture we call American."
— Thomas Hampson

Each hour-long program focuses on a particular topic that sheds light on a larger theme in American history, and includes approximately 40 minutes of songs drawn from archival and modern recordings, plus stories and insights from Hampson about the people and events that inspired those songs. Several programs also feature interviews with experts from related fields.

Programs include Stephen Foster, dedicated exclusively to the 19th-century songwriter who is considered the father of American music; Song of Walt Whitman, examining the great poet as well as his deep influence on American composers; "There Is No Gender in Music," exploring the contributions of American women composers; and Langston Hughes and the Harlem Renaissance, which traces the roots and influence of the great 20th-century poet who gave jubilant voice to the lives of African Americans.

List of performances to be broadcast. Consult our listings below for local airtimes.



When and where to tune-in

Sundays at 1pm on Classical 91.5 (This program is NOT currently airing)

Recently on Song of America

Sundays at 2:00 p.m.

Thomas Hampton starts this month with many familiar songs and recital standards by Copland and more.

Sundays at 2:00 p.m.

November is American Music Month and there's no better way to celebrate than with Thomas Hampson and Song of America. On Veteran's Day we'll hear how American Pioneer Arthur Farwell was influenced by the music of Native Americans in his compositions.

Sundays at 2:00 p.m.

Celebrate America with song all this month on Song of America.

Sundays at 2:00 p.m.

After tremendous response from listeners across Rochester and the United States, Song of America with host Thomas Hampson, returns to public radio for an encore presentation of the 13-part series, on September 23rd. 

Sundays at 1:00 (and 2:00) this month

Don't miss some of America's greatest songs, this month on Song in America.

Sundays at 1:00 (and 2:00) this month

Song in America gets some double bills this month due to holiday specials

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