MTT joins New World Symphony for Unanswered Questions: A Bernstein Journey

Sep 12, 2018

To start off the 2018/19 academic season, New World Symphony co-founder and artistic director Michael Tilson Thomas makes a special appearance at the orchestra’s Bernstein celebration. The program, Unanswered Questions: A Bernstein Journey, is hosted at Miami Beach’s New World Center on October 6.

The program asks three overarching questions about Bernstein’s life and work: “How to Live?”, “What to Believe?”, and “What is Music?” Edwin Outwater conducts the NWS with Jamie Bernstein as host and narrator. The evening – featuring excerpts from West Side Story, Candide, the First Symphony, Arias and Barcarolles, and more – spotlights performances by soprano Christine Taylor Price, mezzo-soprano Annie Rosen, baritone Emmett O’Hanlon, and violinist Dillon Welch.

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San Francisco Symphony

Sep 9, 2018

Liszt – Mephisto Waltz No. 1 for Orchestra
Tchaikovsky – Variations on a Rococo Theme
Oliver Herbert, cello
Gershwin – Cuban Overture
Gershwin – An American in Paris

Perspectives: opening the 2018/19 Carnegie Hall season

Sep 6, 2018

As part of his Carnegie Hall Perspectives series, Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas takes the stage with Renée Fleming, Audra McDonald, and the San Francisco Symphony to open the 2018/19 Carnegie Hall season. They perform a selection of favorites from opera and musical theater on October 3 for an evening of music and gala festivities.

The program comprises Gershwin’s Cuban Overture, Liszt’s Mephisto Waltz No. 1, Gershwin’s An American in Paris, and vocal pieces by Gershwin, Rodgers, Villa-Lobos, Sondheim, and more.

MTT’s Perspectives series continues on October 4 as he leads the San Francisco Symphony in an all-Stravinsky program with violinist Leonidas Kavakos.

Bernstein centennial celebration: MTT & San Francisco Symphony release new recording of “Arias and Barcarolles”

Aug 17, 2018

On the eve of Bernstein’s 100th birthday, Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony celebrate with a digital-only release of Bernstein’s final song cycle, Arias and Barcarolles. The new recording from SFS Media, available now, spotlights performances by mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard and bass-baritone Ryan McKinny.

“Reflecting on the world’s season-long celebration of Bernstein’s centennial,” says MTT, “it occurs to me that this performance of Arias and Barcarolles speaks far more eloquently than any words I might offer. It illuminates what he was actually like and shows the range of his omnivorously curious, confrontational, and generous spirit. It delights and challenges us at every moment.”

MTT & San Francisco Symphony in September

Aug 15, 2018

Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas leads the San Francisco Symphony in the music of Castiglioni, Ravel, Copland, and Stravinsky this September.

From September 13 to 16, MTT reunites with pianist Yuja Wang for Ravel’s Piano Concerto in D Major for the Left Hand. He also leads the SFS in performances of Castiglioni’s Inverno in-ver, featuring video by Clyde Scott and lighting design by Luke Kritzeck, and Copland’s Appalachian Spring.

Opening Night Gala: MTT & San Francisco Symphony open 2018/19 season with Itzhak Perlman

Aug 9, 2018

On September 5, Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony hold their 2018/19 season opening gala, taking the stage with violinist Itzhak Perlman.

MTT conducts the orchestra in Gershwin’s An American in Paris and joins Itzhak Perlman for a selection of music from Hollywood classics including Cinema Paradiso and Schindler’s List. Proceeds from the opening night gala benefit the SFS’s many artistic, community, and education programs.

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MTT returns to Tanglewood

Jul 11, 2018

Michael Tilson Thomas returns to Tanglewood in Lenox, MA for two performances this August.

MTT reunites with the Boston Symphony Orchestra on August 12, leading a performance of his work Agnegram, Mahler’s First Symphony, and – with pianist Igor Levit – Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini.

On August 25, MTT takes the stage of Koussevitzky Music Shed for the Bernstein Centennial Celebration at Tanglewood. He leads the Boston Symphony Orchestra and joins an array of artists and ensembles from the worlds of classical music, film, and Broadway in celebrating Bernstein’s legacy. The concert features performances by:

Andris Nelsons, Christoph Eschenbach, Keith Lockhart, Michael Tilson Thomas, & John Williams: conductors
Audra McDonald: host and vocalist
Midori: violin
Yo-Yo Ma: cello
Kian Soltani: cello
Nadine Sierra: soprano
Susan Graham: mezzo-soprano
Isabel Leonard: mezzo-soprano
Thomas Hampson: baritone
Jessica Vosk and Tony Yazbeck: vocalists
Tanglewood Festival Chorus

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MTT launches Carnegie Hall Perspectives series with NYO-USA in July

Jun 13, 2018

Michael Tilson Thomas continues his career-spanning commitment to fostering musical excellence and innovation in young musicians as he launches his Carnegie Hall Perspectives series this summer, leading the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America at Carnegie Hall and on a tour of Asia.

Before opening the Perspectives series with a performance on July 19 at Carnegie Hall, MTT’s work with the NYO-USA kicks off with workshops and rehearsals in Purchase, NY. In an effort to reach the younger musicians of the NYO2 program, MTT’s New World Symphony partners with Carnegie Hall to offer mentorship between NWS Fellows and NYO2 musicians both in New York and at the New World Center in Miami Beach.

MTT leads the NYO-USA on a five-city Asia tour in July and August, which includes the orchestra’s debut performances in Taipei, Seoul, and Daejeon.

In New York City and across Asia, MTT conducts the NYO-USA in Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F Major with Jean-Yves Thibaudet, the world premiere of Ted Hearne’s Brass Tacks (a Carnegie Hall commission), and Sibelius’s Symphony No. 2.

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