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.”

Perspectives will launch in July 2018 as MTT takes the stage to lead the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America at Carnegie Hall. They subsequently embark on a tour of Asia with pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet.

MTT opens the Carneige Hall season with the San Francisco Symphony, Renée Fleming, and Audra McDonald on October 3. On October 4, he conducts the SFS in an all-Stravinsky program that features violinist Leonidas Kavakos.

MTT returns in March 2019 for two performances with the Vienna Philharmonic that spotlight the music of Ives and Mahler and a performance by pianist Igor Levit.

MTT’s Perspectives series concludes in May 2019 with the New World Symphony, which will see NWS alumni and current fellows unite with longtime collaborator Yuja Wang plus the New York premiere of MTT’s Four Preludes on Playthings of the Wind.

This Perspectives series celebrates MTT’s over 100 performances at Carnegie Hall following his debut with the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 1969.


Discover Perspectives

July 19, 2018
National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America
Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano
TED HEARNE New Work (World Premiere, commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
GERSHWIN Piano Concerto in F Major
SIBELIUS Symphony No. 2

October 3, 2018
Opening Night Gala with the San Francisco Symphony
Renée Fleming, soprano
Audra McDonald, vocalist
GERSHWIN Cuban Overture
Ravel La valse
GERSHWIN An American in Paris
Plus songs, arias, and duets from opera and music theater

October 4, 2018
San Francisco Symphony
Leonidas Kavakos, violin
STRAVINSKY Violin Concerto
STRAVINSKY Le sacre du printemps

March 5, 2019
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Igor Levit, piano
IVES Decoration Day
BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 3
BRAHMS Symphony No. 2

March 6, 2019
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
MAHLER Symphony No. 9

May 1, 2019
New World Symphony
Yuja Wang, piano
JULIA WOLFE New Work (NY Premiere, co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
PROKOFIEV Piano Concerto No. 5
BERLIOZ Symphonie fantastique

May 2, 2019
New World Symphony
Measha Brueggergosman, soprano
Mikaela Bennett and Kara Sainz, vocalists
MICHAEL TILSON THOMAS Four Preludes on Playthings of the Wind
SCHUBERT String Quartet in D Minor, “Death and the Maiden” (arr. for string orchestra by Mahler)

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