2019-20 Opening Night at San Francisco Symphony

May 23, 2019

Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas leads the San Francisco Symphony for their Opening Night Gala on September 4.

With the orchestra, MTT celebrates the opening of his 25th and final season as Music Director, in a concert evening that also features a promenade and after-party of celebrations.

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Out now: Brant’s Ice Field, in partnership with Dolby

May 17, 2019

Today, Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony present their latest recording on SFS Media: Brant’s Ice Field.

Released on the orchestra’s Grammy Award-winning in-house label, this recording features MTT and the orchestra performing a piece written specifically for the acoustics of the SFS’s home, Davies Symphony Hall. They are joined by Cameron Carpenter, who performs the solo organ for the piece.

In bringing Ice Field to audiences beyond the stage, MTT and the orchestra teamed up with Dolby to create a new technology that captured the piece’s spatial composition in audio recording.

“In the hall, you have an experience of the music which normally would not be something you could re-experience in a recording. That’s why it’s been so exciting to be working on this partnership with Dolby to create a new technology in which these big, spatial effects can be experienced… Henry would’ve been delighted by this: it’s a piece that we think will be fascinating for audiophiles just as the experience of sound, but also something which will offer people a very different musical taste – a chance to offer the spontaneity and interesting, emotionally-affecting qualities that the piece really does have.” –MTT


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MTT receives Museum of Performance + Design’s 2019 San Francisco Arts Medallion

May 15, 2019

Michael Tilson Thomas was honored with the Museum of Performance + Design’s 2019 San Francisco Arts Medallion in May 2019, celebrating his outstanding leadership in the arts. Created in 2005, the Medallion recognizes individuals whose leadership, action, and generosity have benefitted the cultural life of the San Francisco Bay Area.

“Michael’s power and passion for music has been a tremendous gift to the city,” said MP+D Board President and Event Co-Chair Pattie Lawton. “We are honored and thrilled to present Michael with the 2019 San Francisco Arts Medallion. We are also grateful to welcome The Honorable Nancy Pelosi and Paul Pelosi as our Honorary Co-Chairs for this year’s event.”

“This museum is a repository — the heart, soul and record of San Francisco’s performing arts community,” said MTT in the San Francisco Chronicle. “It inspires an important understanding of what takes place onstage, what takes place in the hearts and intentions of the audience. And they take something away from those performances, imagining something even more wonderful.”

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Conducting London Symphony Orchestra at Barbican Hall

May 2, 2019

This May and June, Conductor Laureate Michael Tilson Thomas leads the London Symphony Orchestra in two performances at Barbican Hall. Together, they explore symphonic works by John Cage, Bartók, and Ives, along with Beethoven concerti featuring Julia Fischer and Daniil Trifonov.

On May 30, MTT and the orchestra highlight Cage’s The Seasons and Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra. Fischer is guest soloist for Beethoven’s Violin Concerto.

MTT and the LSO join forces with the London Symphony Chorus for Ives’s A Symphony: New England Holidays on June 2. The second half of the evening features Trifonov in Beethoven’s “Emperor” Piano Concerto.

MTT makes Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal debut

Apr 16, 2019

This May, Michael Tilson Thomas makes his debut with the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal. At the Maison Symphonique, MTT joins the orchestra for works by Haydn and Bartók.

MTT and the orchestra are joined onstage by pianist George Li, who also makes his OSM debut with Liszt’s First Piano Concerto.

Performances take place on May 22 & 23.

May performances with San Francisco Symphony

Apr 2, 2019

This May, Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas conducts the San Francisco Symphony in performances at Davies Symphony Hall, following their ten-day US tour in March.

MTT first leads the orchestra in works by Debussy and Ligeti from May 9-11. Pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard joins them onstage for Ligeti’s Piano Concerto.

From May 16-18, MTT and the SFS perform Mahler’s Seventh Symphony, a work for which they won two Grammy Awards for their recording on SFS Media. You can listen to the recording here.

MTT leads New World Symphony in Miami this April

Mar 28, 2019

This April, co-founder Michael Tilson Thomas leads the New World Symphony in their final home performances of the season at Miami’s New World Center. In previewing the music they bring soon after to Carnegie Hall in May, they present works written by Tilson Thomas, along with Schubert, Prokofiev, and Berlioz.

On April 20, MTT hosts an evening of his compositions, including Sunset Soliloquy and You Come Here Often? with pianist John Wilson. He also leads the NWS in his Four Preludes on Playthings of the Wind, featuring soprano Measha Brueggergosman and vocalists Mikaela Bennett and Kara Dugan. Finally, MTT presents the world premiere of his interpretation of Mahler’s string orchestra version of Schubert’s “Death and the Maiden” quartet.

MTT and the orchestra perform in the NWS Season Finale concerts on April 26 & 27, joined by Yuja Wang. The program spotlights the world premiere of Julia Wolfe’s Fountain of Youth, along with Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique. Wang takes the stage with the orchestra for Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 5. They revisit this program at Carnegie Hall on May 1.

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MTT, SFS & Metallica to open San Francisco’s new Chase Center

Mar 18, 2019

On September 6, 2019, MTT joins the San Francisco Symphony and conductor Edwin Outwater as they, with Metallica, open the new Chase Center in San Francisco.

The concert marks the 20th anniversary of the Grammy-winning collaboration S&M (Symphony and Metallica), performed by the SFS and conductor Michael Kamen.

The press announcement on March 18 featured MTT as speaker alongside Golden State Warriors owner Joe Lacob, Warriors President and COO Rick Welts, San Francisco Mayor London Breed, and Metallica members Lars Ulrich and James Hatfield.

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