RECAP: MTT and New World Symphony at Carnegie Hall

Jun 7, 2019

This May, Co-Founder and Artistic Director Michael Tilson Thomas led the New World Symphony in two performances at Carnegie Hall last month, to finish MTT’s Perspectives Series for the 2018-19 season.

For NWS’ fifth appearance at Carnegie, both performances were sold-out occasions. The first evening heard a new work by Julia Wolfe and Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique, and Yuja Wang joined the orchestra for Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 5. The second evening spotlighted MTT’s compositions, including solo piano works performed by Ms. Wang, the NY premiere of his Four Preludes on Playthings of the Wind with soprano Measha Brueggergosman, and his string-orchestra edition of Schubert’s “Death and the Maiden” quartet.

Read more about MTT and the NWS at Carnegie here.

Michael Tilson Thomas withdraws from all engagements from June 17 until September 3

Jun 4, 2019

Michael Tilson Thomas has announced that he is withdrawing from all engagements beginning June 17 until September 3 in order to undergo a cardiac procedure. The operation, which will take place in Cleveland, is scheduled to follow his performances of Mahler’s Symphony No. 9 with the San Francisco Symphony on June 13, 14, 15, and 16.

“I deeply regret missing concerts and projects that I have been greatly anticipating,” says MTT. “On the advice of my doctors, I need to undergo this procedure at this time in continuation of treatment for a heart condition I have managed for many years. I expect to make a full recovery in time to return to the San Francisco Symphony for the opening of my 25th season as Music Director.”

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.

For more info, click here.

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


For more info, click here.

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.”

Photo by Art Streiber

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.

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