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MTT named a Judge Widney Professor of Music at University of Southern California
April 8, 2014

Michael Tilson Thomas has been named a Judge Widney Professor of Music at the University of Southern California. MTT, who is a two-time alumnus of the USC Thornton School (’67 and MM ’76), will take up his appointment in Fall 2015, working directly with students through mentorship and other educational opportunities. 

A Los Angeles native, MTT studied piano at USC with John Crown and conducting and composition with Ingolf Dahl. At age 19, he was named music director of the Young Musicians Foundation Debut Orchestra, and worked with Igor Stravinsky, Pierre Boulez, Karlheiz Stockhausen and Aaron Copland on premieres of their compositions at Los Angeles’s Monday Evening Concerts. 

MTT conducted the USC Thornton Symphony in 2009 in a concert at Bovard Auditorium as part of USC Thornton’s 125th anniversary celebration and last summer led the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl. He returns to Southern California to lead the LA Phil in January 2015.

New Works & Mahler 7 with New World Symphony
April 7, 2014

This spring Michael Tilson Thomas leads the New World Symphony in an event devoted to new artistic creations and two sold-out performances of Mahler’s Seventh Symphony.

The NWS Artistic Director and the orchestra present of a program of new works—spanning music, literature, drama, and visual art—April 26 at the New World Center. The evening features the world premieres of New Voices composer Cynthia Lee Wong’s orchestral work Carnival Fever, Adam Larsen and MTT’s video installation for Lukas Foss’s Phorion, Sean Friar’s Trio for Flute, Viola and Harp, and a micro-play by Joe Tracz, performed with music by John Cage. In addition, the event sees the world premiere of an expanded version of Re: **** Sitruuna ja meduusa, an installation artwork by audio artist James Andean and visual artist Merja Nieminen. And in collaboration with O, Miami, Joshua Mehigan reads new and recent poetry.

On May 3 and 4, MTT conducts Mahler’s Seventh Symphony at the New World Center. Ten NWS alumni return to join the orchestra for the sold-out performances. The May 3 performance will also be transmitted live as a WALLCAST™ allowing the outdoor audience to enjoy the concert at Miami Beach SoundScape on the New World Center’s 7,000-square-foot projection wall. Each WALLCAST™ concert is free to the public and does not require a ticket.

European tour with San Francisco Symphony
March 12, 2014

Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas leads the San Francisco Symphony in eleven concerts across Europe March 14 - 26, giving performances in London, Paris, Vienna, Prague, Geneva, Luxembourg, Dortmund, and Birmingham.  

MTT and the Orchestra’s tour repertoire includes Mahler’s Symphony No. 3, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7, Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique and The Alcotts movement from A Concord Symphony by Charles Ives orchestrated by Henry Brant. The tour will also highlight MTT and the SFS’s longstanding relationship with John Adams, whose Absolute Jest will be performed in select cities.  

Listen to the tour program on Spotify.

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Mahler & Berlioz with the San Francisco Symphony
February 25, 2014

Michael Tilson Thomas is back on the West Coast to conduct the San Francisco Symphony in concerts featuring Mahler’s Third Symphony and Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique. The concerts anticipate MTT and the SFS’s European tour in March.

On February 27, March 1 & 2, MTT leads Mahler’s Third Symphony with the San Francisco Symphony & Chorus, San Francisco Girl's Chorus, and mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke. Listen to their performance of Mahler 3 on Spotify.

The following week, violinist Julia Fischer joins MTT and the Orchestra for performances of Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 1. The concerts, which take place March 6, 7, 8 and 9, conclude with Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique.

Explore Berlioz’s masterpiece with this Keeping Score interactive feature.

You can also enjoy their performance of Symphonie fantastique on Spotify by clicking here.

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