Michael Tilson Thomas was once the ‘bad boy of classical music.’ Now, at 74, he still conducts with childlike delight.

Dec 7, 2019

The Washington Post
By Anne Midgette

“…Thomas calls up a musical score on his computer. It’s a song he wrote for the late jazz singer Sarah Vaughan, though she never sang it. Another comes from a group of settings of poems by Rilke, which will have their premiere at the San Francisco Symphony in January, as part of Thomas’s last season as the orchestra’s music director. In this room, rather than leading music composed by others, Thomas is creating and revising his own.

‘I’ve given them 25 years,’ he says of the San Francisco Symphony. ‘Now it’s my turn.’

MTT, this year one of the artists receiving Kennedy Center Honors for lifetime achievement, is reinventing himself yet again…”

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