Tour with Vienna Philharmonic

Jan 8, 2019

This January, Michael Tilson Thomas leads the Vienna Philharmonic on a European tour.

MTT and the orchestra launch the performances at the Musikverein on January 17, presenting Mahler’s Ninth Symphony.

They make their way to Lugano, Switzerland (Jan 18), with a program that features Ives’s Decoration Day and Brahms’s Second Symphony. Onstage, Igor Levit joins the orchestra for Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto.

Other tour stops include Frankfurt, Germany (Jan 19) and Budapest, Hungary (Jan 21). They then return to highlight the program at the Vienna Konzerthaus (Jan 22).

MTT and the orchestra return to this program again in March at Carnegie Hall (March 5).

Bernstein Centennial Celebration

Dec 20, 2018

On December 28, Michael Tilson Thomas appears in the PBS Great Performances Leonard Bernstein Centennial Celebration.

Recorded from the August gala concert at Tanglewood, the program highlights performances from the Boston Symphony Orchestra, featuring Andris Nelsons, John Williams, Keith Lockhart, Isabel Leonard, Yo-Yo Ma, Susan Graham, and more.

The program premieres at 9PM nationwide on PBS. More information here.

MTT leads Orchestre de Paris

Dec 17, 2018

Michael Tilson Thomas takes the stage with the Orchestre de Paris in January.

On January 9 & 10, MTT leads the orchestra in works by Berlioz and Brahms. At the Philharmonie de Paris, he is joined by friend and frequent collaborator Yuja Wang for Schumann’s Piano Concerto in A minor.

MTT and Yuja reunite again this spring with the New World Symphony, for performances in Miami (April 26 & 27) and in New York (May 1 & 2).

Read more here.

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.

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