March SFS Concerts in San Francisco and Europe

Aug 29, 2019

This spring, Michael Tilson Thomas continues his final season as Music Director of the San Francisco Symphony. MTT and the SFS perform at Davies Symphony Hall before making their way to Europe.

On March 6, MTT and the symphony spotlight the world premiere of a new work by John Adams, a co-commissioned piece by the SFS and Carnegie Hall. The evening also hears Mahler’s Sixth Symphony, which awarded MTT and the SFS the Grammy Award for Best Orchestral Performance in 2002.

From March 12-14, MTT leads the orchestra in performances at Davies Symphony Hall. Together, they perform the West Coast premiere of his own Lope. They are joined by Gautier Capuçon for Shostakovich’s Second Cello Concerto No. 2, in a program that also hears Stravinsky’s The Firebird. 

For the first of their engagements at the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, MTT and the symphony spotlight Mahler’s Symphony No. 9 on March 24. The next day, they reprise Lope and The Firebird, in a program that also includes Rachmaninoff’s Fourth Piano Concerto with Daniil Trifonov.

Joining the Cleveland Orchestra this February

Aug 16, 2019

Michael Tilson Thomas reunites with the Cleveland Orchestra this February.

From February 20-22, MTT and the orchestra perform Berlioz’s Roman Carnival Overture and Symphonie Fantastique. The program also hears a new work by MTTwith guest singers Sasha Cooke and Dashon Burton.

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Michael Tilson Thomas to receive 2019 Kennedy Center Honors

Jul 18, 2019

Michael Tilson Thomas has been selected by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts as one of five Honorees who will receive the 2019 Kennedy Center Honors for lifetime artistic achievements. “[MTT] has shaped American music and musical institutions for the 21st century,” says Kennedy Center Chairman David M. Rubenstein.

“The life of an artist, or of an arts institution, has essentially two moments,” says MTT. “The first is inventing yourself which takes vision and gumption. The second is going the distance, sustaining the vision and sharing it. I was fortunate to grow up around people who did both. My family and my devoted teachers lived every day reaffirming the highest standards and ideals of the arts and of our nation. They understood that the arts really matter when they have a creative role in a living tradition. I am honored that the Kennedy Center, which is a living center of both arts and ideals, has chosen to recognize my work. I hope that I can be thought of as a representative for all American classical musicians at this remarkable event.”

Fellow recipients to be honored at the 42nd annual national celebration of the arts are R&B collective Earth, Wind & Fire, actress Sally Field, singer Linda Ronstadt, and children’s television program Sesame Street. The Kennedy Center Honors medallions will be presented on Saturday, December 7 at a State Department dinner, and recipients will be recognized and celebrated through performances and tributes at the 2019 Kennedy Center Honors Gala on Sunday, December 8. The Honors Gala will be recorded for broadcast on CBS for the 42nd consecutive year as a two-hour primetime special on Sunday, December 15 at 8:00 p.m. ET.

“In this class of honorees, we are witnessing a uniquely American story: one that is representative of so many cultural touchstones and musical moments that make our nation great,” said Kennedy Center President Deborah F. Rutter. “When I look at this class, I see the hopes, aspirations, and achievements not just of these honorees, but of the many generations they have influenced and continue to influence.We’re not just looking back; these honorees are urging us to look forward as well.”

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Photo courtesy of the New World Symphony (Photo by Gary T’to)

January Concerts with the SFS

Jul 17, 2019

This January, Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas joins the San Francisco Symphony for performances at Davies Symphony Hall.

From January 9-12MTT and the SFS revisit Gustav Mahler with the composer’s Songs from Des Knaben Wunderhorn. MTT also leads the orchestra in the world premiere of his own Rilke Songs, based on the lyric poems of Rainer Maria Rilke. They are joined by mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke, the SFS artist-in-residence, and bass-baritone Ryan McKinny.

MTT and the SFS commemorate the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth with performances from January 16-18. They perform Beethoven’s Second Piano Concerto with renowned Beethoven interpreter Emanuel Ax. The program also hears the West Coast premiere of Julia Wolfe’s Fountain of Youth, Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll, and Berg’s Three Pieces for Orchestra.

Reuniting with LA Phil this December

Jul 3, 2019

This December, Michael Tilson Thomas reunites with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

From December 12-15, MTT and the LA Phil perform at Walt Disney Concert Hall, where they are joined by pianist Daniil Trifonov. Together, they perform Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1, in programs that also hear Copland’s Symphony No. 3.

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Celebrating 50 years conducting the LSO in November

Jun 20, 2019

This fall, conductor Laureate Michael Tilson Thomas celebrates his 50th anniversary of conducting the London Symphony Orchestra.

In the first of his three November performances, Michael leads the LSO in Berlioz’s Romeo and Juliet. They are joined onstage by mezzo-soprano Alice Coote, tenor Nicholas Phan, bass Nicolas Courjal, and the London Symphony Chorus (November 10).

MTT and the LSO explore Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5 at Barbican Hall (November 13). The next day, they return to the stage with Prokofiev, along with Michael’s own Agnegram. Violinist Nicola Benedetti joins as featured soloist in Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto.

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RECAP: MTT and New World Symphony at Carnegie Hall

Jun 7, 2019

This May, Co-Founder and Artistic Director Michael Tilson Thomas led the New World Symphony in two performances at Carnegie Hall last month, to finish MTT’s Perspectives Series for the 2018-19 season.

For NWS’ fifth appearance at Carnegie, both performances were sold-out occasions. The first evening heard a new work by Julia Wolfe and Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique, and Yuja Wang joined the orchestra for Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 5. The second evening spotlighted MTT’s compositions, including solo piano works performed by Ms. Wang, the NY premiere of his Four Preludes on Playthings of the Wind with soprano Measha Brueggergosman, and his string-orchestra edition of Schubert’s “Death and the Maiden” quartet.

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Michael Tilson Thomas withdraws from all engagements from June 17 until September 3

Jun 4, 2019

Michael Tilson Thomas has announced that he is withdrawing from all engagements beginning June 17 until September 3 in order to undergo a cardiac procedure. The operation, which will take place in Cleveland, is scheduled to follow his performances of Mahler’s Symphony No. 9 with the San Francisco Symphony on June 13, 14, 15, and 16.

“I deeply regret missing concerts and projects that I have been greatly anticipating,” says MTT. “On the advice of my doctors, I need to undergo this procedure at this time in continuation of treatment for a heart condition I have managed for many years. I expect to make a full recovery in time to return to the San Francisco Symphony for the opening of my 25th season as Music Director.”

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