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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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.

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