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Principal Guest Conductor MTT leads London Symphony Orchestra in London and Birmingham
December 9, 2013
This month Michael TIlson Thomas returns to conduct the London Symphony Orchestra in concerts that feature leading pianists Simon Trpčeski and Evgeny Kissin. The LSO Principal Guest Conductor first leads the orchestra on December 12 at London's Barbican Center with a program that includes Liszt's Mephisto Waltz, Tchaikovsky's Fifth Symphony, and Prokofiev's First Piano Concerto with Simon Trpčeski. 
 
The following week pianist Evgeny Kissin joins MTT and the LSO for concerts at Birmingham's Symphony Hall (December 18) and London's Barbican Centre (December 19). The all-Russian program sees MTT conducting Rimsky-Korsakov's tone poem Dubinushka, Prokofiev's Fifth Symphony, and Tchaikovsky First Piano Concerto with Evgeny Kissin. 
MTT leads Philadelphia Orchestra at Kimmel Center and Carnegie Hall
December 2, 2013

This week Michael Tilson Thomas will conduct the Philadelphia Orchestra in concerts at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts (December 5, 7 and 8) and at New York's Carnegie Hall (December 6). The performances see MTT leading the orchestra in Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique and Brahms's First Piano Concerto, with guest soloist Hélène Grimaud. MTT replaces Yannick Nézet-Séguin, who has withdrawn from the performances due to illness. 

Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique is the subject of an episode of MTT and the San Francisco Symphony's Keeping Score series on PBS. You can explore an interactive feature of the French composer's work here.

Stravinsky's JFK Elegy and Mahler 9 with Chicago Symphony Orchestra
November 18, 2013

Michael Tilson Thomas continues his Midwest performances this month as he returns to conduct the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in concerts from November 21 to 24. Mezzo-soprano Kelley O'Connor joins MTT and the CSO for Igor Stravinsky's Elegy for JFK, a setting of specially commissioned poetry by W.H. Auden. MTT then leads the Orchestra in Mahler's Symphony No. 9.

San Francisco Symphony tour: Carnegie Hall, Ann Arbor and Champaign-Urbana
November 11, 2013

Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony travel to New York, Illinois and Michigan for concerts at Carnegie Hall (November 13 and 14), Champaign-Urbana's Krannert Center (November 15), and Ann Arbor's Hill Auditorium (November 16). The concerts include a program of Viennese classicism and modern classical American music with pianist Jeremy Denk, as well as performances of Mahler's Ninth Symphony.

Beethoven, Mozart, Copland & Mackey with San Francisco Symphony
November 6, 2013

In advance of their tour to New York, Illinois and Michigan, Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony present a program of Austrian and American works at Davies Symphony Hall November 7 to 10. The concerts open with Beethoven's Leonore Overture No. 3, followed by Steven Mackey's Eating Greens. American pianist Jeremy Denk, who last season appeared with the SFS for the American Mavericks Festival, then joins MTT and the Orchestra for Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 25. MTT closes the concerts with Copland's Symphonic Ode.

Beethoven & Schumann with the New World Symphony and Emanuel Ax
October 24, 2013

Following their acclaimed Chicago debut this past weekend, Michael Tilson Thomas and the New World Symphony are back in Miami Beach for concerts with pianist Emanuel Ax at the New World Center (October 25) and Adrienne Arsht Center(October 26). The concerts will include Beethoven's Fourth Piano Concerto and Schumann's Second Symphony. For their Adrienne Arsht Center performance, MTT and the Orchestra open the program with Brahms's Academic Festival Overture. In the Miami Beach area? Enjoy the WALLCAST™ concert on Friday, October 25.

MTT and SFS release new Beethoven recording November 12, 2013
October 17, 2013

Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony will release a hybrid SACD recording and digital download of Beethoven's Cantata on the Death of Emperor Joseph II and Symphony No. 2 on SFS Media, the Orchestra's in-house label, on Tuesday, November 12, 2013.

MTT describes Beethoven's Cantata on the Death of Emperor Joseph II as ".. powerful, dramatic, and full of very vivid contrasts, with a particular fresh simplicity which is unforgettable."

The recording can be pre-ordered on iTunes and on SACD from the San Francisco Symphony Store. The album features the San Francisco Symphony Chorus, and soloists Sally Matthews, soprano; Tamara Mumford, mezzo-soprano; Barry Banks, tenor; and Andrew Foster-Williams, bass-baritone. The original performance was recorded live at Davies Symphony Hall May 2-3, 2013 during MTT and the Orchestra's two-week festival exploring Beethoven's early inspirations.

Preview the album here. 

MTT leads New World Symphony in Inverno In-ver video world premiere in Miami Beach and Chicago
October 11, 2013

On October 17 Michael Tilson Thomas continues his performances with the New World Symphony, America's Orchestral Academy, with performances of Niccolò Castiglioni's Inverno In-ver, featuring the world premiere of a visual installation by British director, designer and video artist Netia Jones, in creative collaboration with MTT. Castiglioni's series of 11 short musical poems for small orchestra will be accompanied in real time by Jones herself during the concert. The program also includes Duets for Two Violins by Luciano Berio as well as the complete score to Igor Stravinsky's ballet Pulcinella.

The entire program will be reprised two evenings later on October 19 at Chicago's Harris Theater, which co-commissioned Jones's visual installation with the New World Symphony.

MTT opens New World Symphony’s 26th year with Yuja Wang & world premiere co-commissioned video by Tal Rosner
October 3, 2013

Michael Tilson Thomas returns to Miami Beach to open the New World Symphony's 2013-14 season this weekend in concerts October 5 and 6 with Yuja Wang. The Chinese pianist performs Gershwin's Piano Concerto in F in a program that also sees MTT leading the orchestra in Stravinsky's Pulcinella Suite.   

The inaugural concerts of the New World Symphony, America's Orchestral Academy, feature the world premiere of a video work by artist and filmmaker Tal Rosner made to accompany Benjamin Britten's Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes. The video was co-commissioned - and will later be performed - by the San Francisco Symphony, The Philadelphia Orchestra, and the LA Philharmonic.  You can also celebrate the New World Symphony's opening weekend by attending the WALLCAST™ concert on October 5 outside in the Miami Beach SoundScape.  

Later this month on October 19, MTT will lead the New World Symphony in Chicago, where they present a program comprising Berio's Violin Duets, Stravinsky's Pulcinella, and Niccolò Castiglioni's Inverno in-ver, which will include the world premiere of a real-time visual installation created by Netia Jones - a collaborative effort between Ms. Jones and MTT, co-commissioned by the New World Symphony and Chicago's Harris Theater. MTT and the NWS will also present this program in Miami Beach on October 17.

MTT conducts Beethoven's Third Piano Concerto with Emanuel Ax and San Francisco Symphony
September 25, 2013

This week Michael Tilson Thomas leads pianist Emanuel Ax and the San Francisco Symphony in performances of Beethoven's Third Piano Concerto at Davies Symphony Hall in concerts from September 26 to 28. The program also features Mahler's Blumine, along with various short orchestral works, including Copland's Music from Our Town, Debussy's La plus que lente, Delius's On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring, Sibelius's Valse Triste, Rachmaninoff's Vocalise, and Delibes's "Cortège of Bacchus" from Sylvia. For more details and tickets, click here.

MTT and Emanuel Ax's 2009 performances of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4 with the San Francisco Symphony were recorded for an SFS Media album, which also includes the composer's Fifth Symphony. Discover the album here. 

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