Michael Tilson Thomas: Why Is Music So Good At Conveying Emotion?

Mar 9, 2018

NPR / TED Radio Hour

“When it comes to classical music, there’s an awful lot to pass on. Classical music is an unbroken, living tradition that goes back over 1000 years, and every one of those years has had something unique and powerful to say to us about what it’s like to be alive.”

‘Candide’ on the coast, Part 1: San Francisco finds a spiritual glow in Bernstein’s music

Jan 22, 2018

LA Times
By Mark Swed

“For Tilson Thomas, who has had the most to do with creating the modern San Francisco Symphony, Bernstein was practically a second father. Now 73, a year older than Bernstein was when he died, Tilson Thomas brings a unique and increasingly reflective perspective on Bernstein that no other musician can match.”

Weilerstein, MTT close New World season in high style

May 7, 2017

South Florida Classical Review
By Lawrence Budmen

“Tilson Thomas brought strong momentum in the finale, with each of the variations strongly characterized and the final coda taken at full throttle and with sonorous weight…”

Tilson Thomas, San Francisco Symphony spectacular in 20th century program

Apr 8, 2017

New York Classical Review
By George Grella

“…this now may be the most ‘American’ sounding orchestra, with myriad, sharply defined colors, precise technique, notable muscularity, and the musical breadth to excel at everything from Mahler to Mason Bates.”

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…”

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