MTT launches Carnegie Hall Perspectives series with NYO-USA in July

Jun 13, 2018

Michael Tilson Thomas continues his career-spanning commitment to fostering musical excellence and innovation in young musicians as he launches his Carnegie Hall Perspectives series this summer, leading the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America at Carnegie Hall and on a tour of Asia.

Before opening the Perspectives series with a performance on July 19 at Carnegie Hall, MTT’s work with the NYO-USA kicks off with workshops and rehearsals in Purchase, NY. In an effort to reach the younger musicians of the NYO2 program, MTT’s New World Symphony partners with Carnegie Hall to offer mentorship between NWS Fellows and NYO2 musicians both in New York and at the New World Center in Miami Beach.

MTT leads the NYO-USA on a five-city Asia tour in July and August, which includes the orchestra’s debut performances in Taipei, Seoul, and Daejeon.

In New York City and across Asia, MTT conducts the NYO-USA in Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F Major with Jean-Yves Thibaudet, the world premiere of Ted Hearne’s Brass Tacks (a Carnegie Hall commission), and Sibelius’s Symphony No. 2.

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Wrapping San Francisco Symphony season with ‘Boris Godunov,’ music of Sibelius & Wagner

May 31, 2018

San Francisco Symphony Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas closes the 2017/18 season at Davies Symphony Hall with three programs this June.

MTT takes up the baton to lead a semi-staged production of Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov, directed by James Darrah, on June 14, 15 & 17. The concerts highlight performances by Stanislav Trofimov in the title role, Eliza Bonet as Fyodor, Jennifer Zetlan as Xenia, Silvie Jensen as the Nurse, Yevgeny Akimov as Prince Shuisky, Aleksey Bogdanov as Andrei Shchelkalov, Maxim Zuzmen-Karavaev as Pimen, Sergei Skorokhodov as Grigory, and Vyacheslav Pochapsky as Varlaam.

From June 21 to 24, MTT and the SFS are joined by Daniil Trifonov for Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in a program that also comprises Sibelius’s Sixth and Seventh Symphonies.

MTT and the SFS wrap the season with performances of Mahler’s Third Symphony from June 28 to 30, taking the stage with mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke, the Pacific Boychoir, and the Women of the San Francisco Symphony Chorus.

MTT appears at Carnegie Hall with Pretty Yende & MET Orchestra

May 16, 2018

Michael Tilson Thomas returns to the Carnegie Hall stage for a performance with soprano Pretty Yende and The MET Orchestra on June 5.

MTT conducts Ruggles’s Evocations, Mozart’s Exsultate, jubilate, and Mahler’s Symphony No. 4. He is back at Carnegie Hall starting in July 2018 for his season-long Perspectives series.

MTT returns to conduct London Symphony Orchestra on tour in May

Apr 25, 2018

London Symphony Orchestra Conductor Laureate Michael Tilson Thomas returns to conduct the orchestra in London and on a tour of Europe this spring. They are joined by violinist Ray Chen; singers Joélle Harvey, Sasha Cooke, Toby Spence, and Luca Pisaroni; and pianist Jan Lisiecki along the tour.

MTT leads the LSO in the music of Sibelius, Beethoven, and Berlioz.

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MTT closes 2017/18 academic season with New World Symphony

Apr 19, 2018

To close the New World Symphony’s 30th anniversary academic season, NWS Co-Founder and Artistic Director Michael Tilson Thomas leads the orchestra in music by Ligeti and Mahler.

The performances on May 5 & 6 at Miami Beach’s New World Center feature Ligeti’s Lontano and Mahler’s Symphony No. 9.

Photo: Rui Dias Aidos

MTT returns to lead San Francisco Symphony in Wuorinen, Berg, Mahler & More

Mar 13, 2018

San Francisco Symphony Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas returns to the podium to lead the orchestra in a world premiere by Charles Wuorinen plus the music of Berg, Mahler, and more in March.

From March 15 to 17, MTT and the San Francisco Symphony deliver the world premiere performances of Wuorinen’s Sudden Changes, commissioned by the SFS. The concerts also spotlight soloist Behzod Abduraimov in Prokofiev’s Third Piano Concerto and a performance of Copland’s Third Symphony.

MTT and the SFS are joined by violinist Gil Shaham for Berg’s Violin Concerto from March 22 to 25 in San Francisco, on March 27 in Los Angeles, and on March 28 in Santa Barbara. MTT also conducts the orchestra in Mahler’s Symphony No. 5.

Season Announcement: San Francisco Symphony in 2018/19

Mar 6, 2018

The San Francisco Symphony and Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas announce plans for the 2018/19 season, the penultimate year of MTT’s tenure in his post as Music Director.

The 107th season reflects the foundation of MTT’s long partnership with the orchestra, including performances of symphonic masterworks, the connection of orchestral music to social issues, a commitment to new music and the American sound, and an innovative concert experience. In his 24th season as Music Director, MTT leads the San Francisco Symphony in 16 weeks of programs in San Francisco and around the country.

“Over the past 23 seasons, Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony have earned the reputation as one of music’s most dynamic and forward-looking artistic partnerships,” said Symphony Executive Director Mark C. Hanson. “The coming season reflects the strengths of what they have built together: creative programs, exciting commissions by longtime collaborators and new voices, unique staging of beloved works, far reaching education and media projects, and rich musical experiences that reach audiences in new and inspiring ways. We cannot wait to share it with our appreciative, adventurous, and enthusiastic audiences, and with the vibrant Bay Area community that supports us.”

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Michael Tilson Thomas inducted as Honorary Member of American Academy of Arts and Letters

Feb 20, 2018

In May 2018, Michael Tilson Thomas is inducted as an American Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Other Honorary Members include Bob Dylan, Bill T. Jones, Yo-Yo Ma, Leontyne Price, Martin Scorsese, Meryl Streep, Paul B. Taylor, Twyla Tharp, Alice Waters, Robert Wilson, Thomas Ades, Norman Foster, Sofia Gubaidulina, Anish Kapor, and David Hockney

The Academy – founded in 1898 as a society of the country’s leading architects, artists, composers, and writers – seeks to foster and sustain an interest in literature, music, and the fine arts by administering over 70 awards and prizes, exhibiting art and manuscripts, funding performances of new works of musical theater, and purchasing artwork for donation to museums across the country.

Honorary Membership was established in 1983 to include Americans of great distinction in the arts whose work falls outside the traditional departments of Art, Literature, and Music.

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