San Francisco Symphony Replaces Canceled North Carolina Concerts With a Pride Benefit

Feb 27, 2017

The New York Times
By Michael Cooper

“Michael Tilson Thomas, the orchestra’s music director, is planning Symphony Pride, a gala concert to highlight the musical contributions of lesbian and gay composers, with the money it raises going to four nonprofit organizations that provide services for L.G.B.T. people.”


Orchestras experiment with ways to keep music alive

Jan 8, 2017

CBS This Morning
Jan 8, 2017

Debussy/Tilson Thomas: Images; Jeux, etc CD review – gorgeous

Dec 8, 2016

The Guardian
By Andrew Clements

“These new versions…with the bonus of Debussy’s own orchestral arrangement of his piano piece La Plus Que Lente, not only benefit from superlative state-of-the-art sound but from the astonishing rapport that Tilson Thomas has developed with the San Francisco orchestra during his 20 years as its music director.”

San Francisco Symphony’s ‘all-Italian’ concert is an aural feast

Sep 23, 2016

Mercury News
By Georgia Rowe

“This is the kind of thoughtfully curated, exuberantly presented program in which music director Michael Tilson Thomas excels, and the conductor was in his element…”

Steve Reich concert is sheer delight

Sep 13, 2016

SF Gate
By Joshua Kosman

“To plunge into that unmistakable Reichian landscape, with its shimmery instrumental textures and intricately interlocked rhythmic patterns, remains one of the great experiences the world of contemporary music has to offer.”

On the Town, Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco: ‘Lushness and urgency’

May 30, 2016

Financial Times
By Allan Ulrich

“Hearing Tilson Thomas conduct the many dance episodes in the score with a lushness and urgency you do not hear from the standard Broadway pit orchestra may have well been the most cherishable element of the evening.”

Symphony’s ‘On the Town’ is a shot of elation

May 26, 2016

San Francisco Chronicle
By Joshua Kosman

“What Michael Tilson Thomas and a cast of wonderfully gifted singers have created is nothing less than a bolt of pure concentrated euphoria, one of the zippiest and most delightful theatrical presentations the Symphony has put forward in years…”

New World closes season with majestic Sibelius and vibrant Berlioz

May 8, 2016

Miami Herald
By David Fleshler

“The orchestra was in top form, with glowing tones coming from strings and woodwinds, and refined, resonant ones from the brass. The opening of the Sixth was particularly effective, as austere tones high in the violins swelled with the warmth of woodwinds and horns. In the quick third movement, the orchestra played the rhythmic theme with great precision, a whip-crack ensemble unity that sharply enhanced its effectiveness. In the final movement, after a climax in the full orchestra, the chorale-like tones of the violins return, and Tilson Thomas led a long and effective fade-out as the symphony quietly disappeared.”

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