MTT & San Francisco Symphony perform Shostakovich, Gnesin, & Tchaikovsky

Feb 17, 2017

From March 1 to 4, Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas leads the San Francisco Symphony in the music of Shostakovich, Gnesin, and Tchaikovsky.

The concerts at Davies Symphony Hall spotlight Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto with featured soloist Gautier Capuçon, Gnesin’s The Jewish Orchestra at the Ball of Nothingtown, and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6, “Pathétique.”

 

MTT & San Francisco Symphony with Leila Josefowicz

Jan 18, 2017

From February 22 to 25 at Davies Symphony Hall, Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony reunite with violinist Leila Josefowicz for John Adams’s Scheherazade.2. Also featured on the program are selections from Prokofiev’s Romeo & Juliet.

The concerts are part of a three-week celebration of John Adams’s 70th birthday.

 

MTT returns to lead New World Symphony with Christian Tetzlaff, Audra McDonald & more

Jan 5, 2017

Co-Founder and Artistic Director Michael Tilson Thomas returns to lead the New World Symphony in 2017, appearing with the orchestra for performances featuring Christian Tetzlaff, Audra McDonald and more.

On January 21 & 22, MTT conducts Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto with Christian Tetzlaff plus Mahler’s Symphony No. 5. He leads the orchestra in music of the Second Viennese School, including Webern’s Five Movements and three excerpts from Berg’s Wozzeck, alongside Schubert’s Symphony No. 9 on February 4.

MTT and the orchestra are joined by singer and actress Audra McDonald for the New World Symphony 29th Anniversary Gala on February 11.

Photo: Rui Dias Aidos

MTT returns to San Francisco for Mahler in New Year

Dec 7, 2016

Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas returns to San Francisco in the New Year to lead the San Francisco Symphony in performances of the music of Mahler.

The concerts on January 13, 14 & 15 see the orchestra join soprano Joélle Harvey, mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke, tenor Michael König, baritone Brian Mulligan and the San Francisco Symphony Chorus. MTT conducts the orchestra in Mahler’s Blumine, Lieder eines fahrendren Gesellen and Das klagende Lied.

 

MTT returns to conduct Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Dec 5, 2016

From December 15 to 18, Michael Tilson Thomas returns to conduct the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Symphony Center.

MTT leads the orchestra in Saint-Saëns’s Cello Concerto No. 1 with Gautier Capuçon, Stravinsky’s Scènes de ballet and his own arrangement of Prokofiev’s Suite from Romeo & Juliet.

 

MTT & San Francisco Symphony release new all-Debussy album

Oct 28, 2016

On Friday, October 28, Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony release a new all-Debussy album on the Grammy Award-winning SFS Media label.

The album includes performances of Images pour orchestre, Jeux and La plus que lente.

“Right from the start of my musical life, Debussy’s music captivated me,” says MTT. “He had a genius for sensing the essential quality of a particular instrument’s voice and creating for it evocative solos that have become emblematic. His sense of unusual blends of different instruments was also original and highly demanding. In fact, his orchestral music, especially the later orchestral works like those on this album, presents some of the greatest challenges in the whole repertory for both conductor and instrumentalists.” He continues, “It has been a pleasure to perform this music with the San Francisco Symphony, whose members possess all the artistry and are more than willing to take the risks that this music demands.”

The album is available now

MTT & San Francisco Symphony embark on tour of Asia with Yuja Wang & Dong-Hyek Lim

Oct 12, 2016

This November, Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony embark on a tour of Asia with pianists Yuja Wang and Dong-Hyek Lim.

The tour kicks off on November 9 in Seoul, South Korea as MTT leads the orchestra in Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with Yuja Wang, Bright Sheng’s Overture to Dream of the Red Chamber, plus Stravinsky’s Le Chant du rossignol and Firebird Suite. On November 10, they perform Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with Dong-Hyek Lim, MTT’s Agnegram, and Mahler’s Symphony No. 1.

MTT and the San Francisco Symphony continue on to Taiwan, performing in Tainan on November 12 and in Taipei on November 13.

On November 15 in Shanghai, MTT conducts Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with Yuja Wang alongside the music of Bright Sheng and Stravinsky. November 17 sees MTT lead the orchestra in his Agnegram, Bruckner’s Symphony No. 7, and – with Yuja Wang – Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in Shanghai. MTT, Yuja Wang, and the San Francisco Symphony appear in Beijing on November 18.

In Japan, MTT and the San Francisco Symphony perform Chopin’s Second Piano Concerto with Yuja Wang, MTT’s Agnegram, and Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 on November 20 in Osaka. They present the music of Bright Sheng, Shostakovich, and Mahler at Tokyo’s Suntory Hall on November 21. The tour concludes on November 22 at Tokyo’s NHK Hall.

MTT conducts New World Symphony with Renée Fleming

Oct 12, 2016

Co-Founder and Artistic Director Michael Tilson Thomas leads the New World Symphony – America’s orchestral academy – in his Selections from Poems of Emily Dickinson with soprano Renée Fleming plus the music of Prokofiev, Stravinsky and Ravel.

On October 21, MTT conducts the orchestra in Prokofiev’s Suite from The Love for Three Oranges and Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring at Miami Beach’s New World Center.

MTT and the orchestra are joined by soprano Renée Fleming for MTT’s Selections from Poems of Emily Dickinson on October 22 in a concert comprising Prokofiev’s Suite from The Love for Three Oranges, Ravel’s Shéhérazade and Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring.

 

Photo: Rui Dias Aidos

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