Michael Tilson Thomas, a Disruptor Who’s Become the Comfortable Center

May 3, 2019

By Justin Davidson

“…when Tilson Thomas conducts the young Americans who comprise the New World Symphony, he has to lead them by the hand into a culture that feels ancient, foreign, and immeasurably complex. ‘The cultural surround of the piece, the era it comes from, the Zeitgeist, the kind of place within the human spirit from which the pieces speak — those are all things I have to share with them, and I have to get them to discover those places within themselves.'”

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