San Francisco Symphony opens 2017/18 season

Aug 8, 2017

Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas opens the San Francisco Symphony’s 2017/18 season this September with cellist Yo-Yo Ma.

MTT and Mr. Ma join the orchestra for Saint-Saëns’s Cello Concerto No. 1 and Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme. Also on the program is Bernstein’s Overture to Candide and Ravel’s Boléro.

The Opening Night Gala is held on September 14, 2017.


MTT joins Emanuel Ax & Vienna Philharmonic

Aug 1, 2017

On September 9, Michael Tilson Thomas joins Emanuel Ax and the Vienna Philharmonic for a performance in Lucerne, Switzerland.

With Emanuel Ax, MTT and the orchestra take the stage for Mozart’s Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in E-Flat Major. MTT also leads the Vienna Philharmonic in Brahms’s Variations on a Theme by Joseph Hayden and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7.

New recording: Berg’s Three Pieces for Orchestra

Jun 30, 2017

Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas conducts the San Francisco Symphony in their first-ever digital-only release. The recording spotlights Berg’s Three Pieces for Orchestra.

Released by Grammy Award-winning SFS Media, the album is presented in studio master quality for download and streaming, and marks the launch the Symphony’s digital-only release series.

Discover the album today

MTT returns to lead London Symphony Orchestra in June

May 17, 2017

Conductor Laureate Michael Tilson Thomas reunites with the London Symphony Orchestra this June.

On June 4 in London, MTT leads the LSO in Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6, “Pathétique” featuring violinist Lisa Batiashvili. MTT and the LSO are joined by pianist Yuja Wang on June 8 for Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 2 and Nielsen’s Symphony No. 5.

MTT and the LSO then embark on a European tour, joined by Yuja Wang. The tour begins in Malmö, Sweden on June 10, featuring the music of Brahms and Tchaikovsky. In Denmark, MTT, the LSO, and Yuja Wang appear in Copenhagen on June 11 and in Aalborg on June 12. The tour concludes in Lahti, Finland on June 13.


New World Symphony: MTT & orchestra close 2016/17 academic season

Apr 20, 2017

To close the 2016/17 academic season at the New World Symphony, co-founder and artistic director Michael Tilson Thomas takes the podium to lead the orchestra in Britten’s Symphony for Cello and Orchestra with Alisa Weilerstein, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3, “Eroica,” and Delius’s The Walk to Paradise Garden.

The May 6 & 7 performances at New World Center are also part of the academic season’s WALLCAST series.


New Work: MTT leads New World Symphony

Apr 14, 2017

On April 29, co-founder and Artistic Director Michael Tilson Thomas returns to Miami Beach to lead the New World Symphony in its annual New Work concert.

The performance features Supko’s broken on the wheel of night, Bettison’s Lights in Ashes, Reeves’s Selected Poems, and Castiglioni’s Inverno In-ver.


Photo: Rui Dias Aidos

MTT & San Francisco Symphony make two appearances at Carnegie Hall

Mar 22, 2017

This April, Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony appear for two concerts at New York City’s Carnegie Hall.

MTT takes the podium on April 7 to lead Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto with Gautier Capuçon, Cage’s The Seasons, and Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra.

On April 8, MTT conducts the orchestra in Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 and in the Adagio from Symphony No. 10.


MTT & San Francisco Symphony present ‘Symphony Pride’

Mar 1, 2017

Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony join singer Audra McDonald to present Symphony Pride.

The April 4 concert at Davies Symphony Hall celebrates the Bay Area’s spirit of inclusion and diversity, recognizing and supporting the Bay Area LGBTQ community. Symphony Pride falls on the eve of the SFS’s East Coast tour, which was to have included two concerts in North Carolina that were cancelled in response to discriminatory legislation adopted by the state.

The event underlines MTT and the orchestra’s commitment to inclusion and also supports service organizations working towards equality for all. Ticket proceeds will benefit non-profits that provide services to the Bay Area LGBTQ community.

Read more about the event at The New York Times


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