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.

Learn more about the American Academy of Arts and Letters


MTT takes stage with Daniil Trifonov & Cleveland Orchestra

Feb 19, 2018

Michael Tilson Thomas returns to conduct the Cleveland Orchestra on March 8, 9, and 10. He takes the stage at Severance Hall with Daniil Trifonov for Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 2 and leads the orchestra in Stravinsky’s Scènes de ballet and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6, “Pathétique.”


MTT is Carnegie Hall Perspectives artist in 2018/19 season

Jan 25, 2018

Michael Tilson Thomas leads four orchestras over seven concerts in the 2018/19 season for his second Carnegie Hall Perspectives series, reflecting a multifaceted career and a commitment to shaping the future of music. The series will highlight music by composers he has championed throughout his career, world premieres by Ted Hearne and Julia Wolfe, plus the New York premiere of his original composition Four Preludes on Playthings of the Wind.

“I think about the great masterpieces as being like national parks,” says MTT. “We revisit them at different times of our lives, in the company of different people, and this changes the nature of the experience. The pieces themselves are preserves for endangered emotions – all the wonderful, wistful, and ardent feelings that music contains.”

MTT returns to lead Philadelphia Orchestra

Jan 24, 2018

Michael Tilson Thomas returns to lead the Philadelphia Orchestra on March 1, 2, & 3, performing his Four Preludes on Playthings of the Wind with soprano Measha Brueggergosman alongside Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6, “Pathétique.”

The performances are held at Philadelphia’s Verizon Hall.

MTT returns to lead New World Symphony in 2018

Jan 11, 2018

For his first performances with the New World Symphony in 2018, Co-Founder and Artistic Director Michael Tilson Thomas leads the orchestra in a varied series of programs.

On February 3, MTT and the New World Symphony present their annual New Work concert, featuring the world premiere of a new piece by MTT and a new play with music by Wall (a NWS commission). The performance also spotlights the world premiere of a revised Miami in Movements by Hearne and Kane (also a NWS commission).

The New World Symphony’s annual gala, this year celebrating the organization’s 30th anniversary season, is held on February 10.

On February 17 & 18, MTT conducts the orchestra in Debussy’s Fantasie for Piano and Orchestra with Leif Ove Andsnes in a program also comprising Xenakis’s Shaar and Stravinsky’s The Firebird.

MTT returns to conduct the New World Symphony in May.

Photo: Claudia Uribe

San Francisco Symphony in the New Year

Dec 14, 2017

This January, Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas appears for his first performances of 2018 with the San Francisco Symphony.

At Davies Symphony Hall on January 11, 12 & 13, MTT leads the orchestra with Emanuel Ax in Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 14 and Schoenberg’s Piano Concerto in a concert also comprising Beethoven’s Leonore Overture No. 3 and R. Strauss’s Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks.

MTT conducts the orchestra in a concert version of Bernstein’s comic operetta Candide, celebrating the Bernstein centenary, on January 18, 19, 20 & 21.

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