New World Symphony soars with Ax’s Beethoven, MTT’s Sibelius

Nov 6, 2018

South Florida Classical Review
By Lawrence Budmen

“…Ax, Tilson Thomas and the New World fellows provided a textbook example of perfect collaboration. Soloist, conductor and players seemed to breath the music together.”

MTT Takes a Deep Dive Into Stravinsky’s Musical Legacy

Sep 18, 2018

San Francisco Classical Voice
By Lou Fancher

“‘The chance to see someone, to watch somebody at work when they’re not conscious of somebody watching them, you see things,’ says San Francisco Symphony Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas. ‘I was often up at Stravinsky’s house for rehearsals. I don’t know how it affects how I feel about and conduct the music, but I know it’s important.'”

Thomas and SF Symphony draw all the pieces together for a splendid Mahler Third

Jun 29, 2018

The San Francisco Chronicle
By Joshua Kosman

“The joy of this performance was hearing Thomas and the orchestra snap each piece smartly into place, while committing themselves fully to each phase of the unveiling…”

MTT, New World close season with a sumptuous, searing Mahler Ninth

May 6, 2018

South Florida Classical Review
By David Fleshler

“Playing in all sections was virtually flawless, in a symphony that’s full of exposed passages for horns, flutes, trumpets and other instruments. Mahler’s distinctive orchestration, with its muted trumpets and horns, violins going high up the lowest string, and other techniques by a master symphonist, came off with all its characteristic force and color.”

MTT takes Mahler to a new level in San Francisco Symphony tour

Mar 28, 2018

LA Times
By Mark Swed

“One of the hallmarks of Tilson Thomas’ nearly quarter century with this orchestra is the way he has fostered his players’ individuality. At its best, as in this performance of Mahler’s Fifth, that is what makes otherwise resonant strings, robust brass, elegant winds and feisty percussion sound like what the Bay Area is supposed to sound like — bohemian, tolerant, unconventional, multicultural and artistically embracing…”

Michael Tilson Thomas: Why Is Music So Good At Conveying Emotion?

Mar 9, 2018

NPR / TED Radio Hour

“When it comes to classical music, there’s an awful lot to pass on. Classical music is an unbroken, living tradition that goes back over 1000 years, and every one of those years has had something unique and powerful to say to us about what it’s like to be alive.”

‘Candide’ on the coast, Part 1: San Francisco finds a spiritual glow in Bernstein’s music

Jan 22, 2018

LA Times
By Mark Swed

“For Tilson Thomas, who has had the most to do with creating the modern San Francisco Symphony, Bernstein was practically a second father. Now 73, a year older than Bernstein was when he died, Tilson Thomas brings a unique and increasingly reflective perspective on Bernstein that no other musician can match.”

Weilerstein, MTT close New World season in high style

May 7, 2017

South Florida Classical Review
By Lawrence Budmen

“Tilson Thomas brought strong momentum in the finale, with each of the variations strongly characterized and the final coda taken at full throttle and with sonorous weight…”

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