New Release with San Francisco Symphony: Berlioz’s Roméo et Juliette

Nov 30, 2018

Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony present their latest recording on SFS Media: Berlioz’s Roméo et Juliette.

Released on the orchestra’s Grammy Award-winning in-house label, this recording sees MTT and the orchestra join Sasha Cooke, Nicholas Phan, Luca Pisaroni, and the SFS Chorus.

“Berlioz’s Roméo et Juliette is a true sonic spectacular,” says MTT. “The scale of the piece and the positioning of the large orchestra, very large chorus, and soloists is extraordinary. This recording allows all of these wonderful forces to be heard clearly and with incredible majesty.”

MTT returns to CSO for Stravinsky, Prokofiev & Tchaikovsky

Nov 20, 2018

Michael Tilson Thomas makes his return to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for a series of performances this December highlighting music by Russian composers. They are joined onstage by violinist Nicola Benedetti.

On December 13, 14 & 15, MTT conducts the orchestra in Stravinsky’s Concerto in D for String Orchestra, Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2, and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6, “Pathétique.”


MTT returns to lead LA Phil

Nov 6, 2018

Michael Tilson Thomas returns to his native Los Angeles this December to reunite with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

At Walt Disney Concert Hall, MTT leads the orchestra in his own Four Preludes on Playthings of the Wind along with Tchaikovsky’s Sixth Symphony, “Pathétique” on November 30 and December 1 & 2.

From December 7-9, MTT and the LA Phil spotlight more works by Tchaikovsky, performing the Romeo and Juliet Overture-Fantasy and the Variations on a Rococo Theme (featuring cellist Gautier Capuçon). The concerts also hear Ives’ A Symphony: New England Holidays.

MTT leads online Flute Forum with New World Symphony

Oct 16, 2018

On October 23, the New World Symphony and Michael Tilson Thomas, Co-founder and Artistic Director, gather for an online Flute Forum. Among those attending will be NWS Flute Fellows and Alumni with their students, visiting flute faculty and their pupils, and others interested in the flute nationwide. The Forum presents the opportunity for all to connect and explore topics related to the flute.

The event will commence with a flute master class with three performers in different locations – one from the New World Center, one from the Berklee College of Music, and one from Northwestern’s Bienen School of Music. Following the master class, the event will open up for discussion and audience-sourced questions.

Audiences can join the event on Facebook Live and on MUSAIC, the NWS online resource for practicing classical musicians.

MTT & SFS celebrate UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Oct 15, 2018

This November, Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas joins the San Francisco Symphony for a series of concerts celebrating the 70th anniversary of the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The November 15-18 concerts hear From the Diary of Anne Frank – a piece written by MTT for UNICEF in 1990 – paired with Beethoven’s “Eroica” Symphony.

MTT leads the SFS in Berg’s Seven Early Songs and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony from November 23-25. They are joined onstage by soprano Susanna Phillips, mezzo-soprano Kelley O’Connor, tenor Nicholas Phan, bass-baritone Davóne Tines, and the San Francisco Symphony Chorus.

MTT returns to lead New World Symphony in first concerts of 2018/19 academic season

Oct 11, 2018

This fall, co-founder and artistic director Michael Tilson Thomas leads the New World Symphony to commence the 2018/19 academic season.

On October 20 & 21, MTT conducts the orchestra’s season opener performances; together, they present Britten’s Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra and Brahms’s Fourth Symphony. Pianist Gabriela Montero makes an appearance for Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 14.

MTT leads the NWS in Rumshinky’s Overture to Khantshe in amerike, Dorman’s Jerusalem Mix, the first movement of Mahler’s Symphony No. 1, and – with Itamar Zorman – Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto on October 27.

MTT reunites with Emanuel Ax for Beethoven’s First Piano Concerto on November 3. The evening also hears the NWS perform Wagner’s Flying Dutchman Overture (guest conducted by Dean Whiteside), and Sibelius’s Symphony No. 5.


Photo: Rui Dias Aidos

MTT leads San Francisco Symphony in Brookville, NY

Oct 1, 2018

Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas takes the San Francisco Symphony to Brookville, NY for a performance at the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts on October 5.

They reprise an all-Stravinsky program with featured soloist Leonidas Kavakos, who joins the orchestra for the Violin Concerto in D Major. The performance also sees MTT conduct Petrushka and The Rite of Spring.

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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