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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Mar 12, 2019

The San Francisco Symphony and Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas announce plans for the 2019/2020 season, the final year of MTT’s 25-year journey with the SFS as Music Director.

The 108th season celebrates the essence of MTT’s tenure with the orchestra, with exhibitions, an opening gala, community concerts, and archival recording projects. The season also sees MTT lead performances of masterworks, world premieres, artistic collaborations, and his own compositions. MTT and the SFS reaffirm their lasting commitment together to the American sound with concerts and recording releases on SFS Media.

Discover the season here

MTT conducts San Francisco Symphony in US tour

Feb 22, 2019

This March, Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas leads the San Francisco Symphony on an eight-city US tour.

To kick off the tour, MTT and the orchestra begin with home performances at Davies Symphony Hall (March 14-17). The program hears Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin and Sibelius’s Second Symphony. They are joined by Christian Tetzlaff for Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 3.

MTT and the orchestra make their way to Seattle’s Benaroya Hall (March 19), The Kennedy Center (March 23), Boston Symphony Hall (March 24), and Chicago Symphony Center (March 26). These concerts highlight MTT’s own Agnegram, Beethoven’s “Eroica” Symphony, and Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E minor with Tetzlaff as soloist. MTT and the orchestra also appear at Kansas City’s Kauffman Center (March 21), where they reprise their Davies program with works by Ravel, Mozart, and Sibelius.

The final leg of the tour takes MTT and the orchestra to Urbana, IL (March 27), Lincoln, NE (March 28), and Ames, IA (March 29). Violinist Alexander Kerr joins for these performances, with Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto.

Continuing Carnegie Hall Perspectives Series with Vienna Philharmonic

Feb 12, 2019

This spring, Michael Tilson Thomas returns to Carnegie Hall to continue his 2018-19 Perspectives Series. He is joined by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra for two performances.

On March 5, MTT and the orchestra perform Ives’ Decoration Day and Brahms’s Second Symphony. Pianist Igor Levit is featured soloist in Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto.

The next day, MTT leads an evening of Mahler’s Ninth – the composer’s final completed symphony.

Winter 2019: MTT returns to lead New World Symphony in Miami

Feb 5, 2019

This winter, Co-founder and Artistic Director Michael Tilson Thomas returns to Miami to reunite with the New World Symphony.

At the New World Center, MTT and the orchestra perform Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 and Dvořák’s Symphony No. 8 in G Major. (February 23 & 24). Christian Tetzlaff performs the Ligeti Violin Concerto as featured soloist, in an evening that also hears Dean Whiteside conduct Smetana’s Overture to The Bartered Bride.

On March 2, MTT leads the NWS Thirty-First Anniversary Gala. He and the orchestra are joined by special guest John Williams. Together, they commemorate the evening with an exploration of the celebrated American composer’s music.

Mackey, Prokofiev, and Tchaikovsky at SFS

Jan 25, 2019

This February, Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas leads the San Francisco Symphony in concerts highlighting the music of Steve Mackey, Prokofiev, and Tchaikovsky.

From February 7-9, MTT and the orchestra perform the world premiere of a SFS-commissioned new work written by Mackey, along with Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony. Gil Shaham joins them onstage for Prokofiev’s First Violin Concerto.

You can listen to MTT and the SFS’s recording of Tchaikovsky’s Fourth here.

For more information on the concert, click here.

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.

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