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Mahler's Fifth & West-Cast Premiere with San Francisco Symphony
September 24, 2012

As the fall season gets underway, MTT leads the San Francisco Symphony in Mahler's Symphony No. 5 and the West Coast premiere of Samuel Carl Adams' Drift and Providence. Performances are September 27 at the Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for Performing Arts at UC Davis and September 28, 29 & 30 at Davies Symphony Hall.

Samuel Carl Adams (b. 1985) is a Bay Area native and a composer of acoustic and electroacoustic music. For Adams, "Drift and Providence is looking at my home, the west, from within and from afar; Drift and Providence explores what it means to embark from and arrive at the acoustically familiar." The score for the work includes live electronic processing performed by Adams and controlled by a CNTRL-Rm, Analog Experience Factory and MacBook.

MTT celebrates San Francisco Symphony's 101st Season
September 13, 2012

Next month, Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas celebrates the San Francisco Symphony's 101st season with an all-French program that includes selections from Berlioz's Roméo et Juliette, Chausson's Poème, Saint-Saëns's Introduction and Rondo capriccioso and Ravel's Boléro. On September 19, special guest violinist Joshua Bell joins MTT and the Orchestra for an Opening Gala Concert. On September 20, MTT and the SFS honor more than 100 social service and non-profit organizations that serve San Francisco and the Bay Area with the annual All-San Francisco Concert. You can also hear this all-French program at Davies Symphony Hall on September 23.

On Friday, September 21, MTT and the SFS will give a free concert at San Francisco's Justin Herman Plaza - just across from the Ferry Building. The open-air concert will feature popular works and will begin at 5pm.

To follow his opening concerts with the Orchestra, MTT leads the San Francisco Symphony in Mahler's Fifth Symphony and the West Coast premiere of Samuel Carl Adams's Drift and Providence. MTT and the SFS present their program September 27 at the Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for Performing Arts at UC Davis. They will also give performances on  September 28, 29, and 30 at Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco.

Watch an excerpt from Mahler's Fifth Symphony (Adagietto) 

European tour with London Symphony Orchestra & Emanuel Ax
August 27, 2012

Beginning this Thursday, August 30, Michael Tilson Thomas, American pianist Emanuel Ax, and the London Symphony Orchestra embark on a ten-city European tour that takes them to Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy. Their concerts will include Brahms and Beethoven concerti, featuring Emanuel Ax at the keyboard, as well as the music of American composers such as Charles Ives and Aaron Copland alongside symphonic works by the likes of Johannes Brahms, Hector Berlioz and Gustav Mahler.

LSO Principal Guest Conductor MTT, Ax, and the Orchestra appear across Europe as part of numerous festivals on the continent. You can hear them in Wiesbaden (August 30), Gstaad (August 31, September 1), Rimini (September 2), Merano (September 3), Verona (September 4), Berlin (September 6), Grafenegg (September 7), Bonn (September 8 & 9) and Basel (September 10).

Learn more about MTT's London Symphony Orchestra tour.

Beethoven's Ninth Symphony caps off MTT's SFS centennial season
June 26, 2012

Michael Tilson Thomas brings his 2011-2012 concerts with the San Francisco Symphony to a close with performances of Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 at Davies Symphony Hall (June 27, 28, 29, 30). The program also includes Schoenberg's A Survivor from Warsaw, Op. 46, written in memory of Holocaust victims. Shuler Hensley will narrate. Soloists Erin Wall, Kendall Gladen, William Burden and Nathan Berg join MTT, the Orchestra and the San Francisco Symphony Chorus on stage.

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MTT conducts semi-staged Bluebeard’s Castle with San Francisco Symphony
June 19, 2012

From June 21 to 23, MTT leads the San Francisco Symphony in semi-staged performances of Bartók's one-act opera Duke Bluebeard's Castle. The opera, based on the French fairy tale "Bluebeard" by Charles Perrault, will come to life at Davies Symphony Hall with specially designed projections. Bass-baritone Alan Held sings the role of Duke Bluebeard, and mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung portrays his new wife Judith. Bartók's opera will be presented alongside Liszt's Piano Concerto No. 1, which will feature American pianist Jeremy Denk.

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MTT and SFS present late Romantic works with pianist Yuja Wang
June 12, 2012
From June 14 to 17, MTT leads the San Francisco Symphony in a program of Late Romantic composers at Davies Symphony Hall. Chinese-born pianist Yuja Wang joins the orchestra for Sergei Rachmaninoff's Third Piano Concerto. The concert also includes Gabriel Fauré's Pavane - inspired by the Italian court dance - as well as Jean Sibelius's Symphony No. 3.
New Voices initiative to mentor emerging composers
June 5, 2012

Michael Tilson Thomas has announced a new partnership between music publisher Boosey & Hawkes, the New World Symphony and the San Francisco Symphony called New Voices. The program will, over the course of each season, guide an emerging composer from the Americas through the process of commissioning, composing and performing new work. Canadian composer and pianist Zosha Di Castri is New Voices' inaugural composer, and her work will be performed in 2013 in concerts by the New World Symphony and the San Francisco Symphony, both under MTT's baton. "The future of music depends on the nurturing of new composers," said MTT.

Learn more about the New Voices initiative here.

MTT's LSO concerts feature Mahler symphonies and soloists Yefim Bronfman & Gil Shaham
May 17, 2012

At the end of this month, Michael Tilson Thomas returns to the Barbican Centre to conduct the London Symphony Orchestra. On May 27 MTT performs Mahler's Fourth Symphony with soprano soloist Elizabeth Watts. The program will also include Beethoven's Third Piano Concerto, played by Yefim Bronfman. Bronfman joins MTT once again on May 31, when they join Gil Shaham to perform Berg's Chamber Concerto for violin, piano and wind ensemble. The evening will also showcase Mahler's First Symphony, "Titan." Finally, on June 3 MTT leads the Orchestra in Mahler's Symphony No. 5 and Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 5, "Turkish," featuring Gil Shaham as soloist.

Learn more and purchase tickets here.

Watch MTT, Gil Shaham and Yefim Bronfman discuss their upcoming LSO concerts.


MTT performs "Pastoral" Symphony with San Francisco Symphony
May 11, 2012

Next week, MTT conducts Beethoven's Symphony No. 6, "Pastoral," with the San Francisco Symphony. MTT's concerts with the SFS open with Mahler's Blumine - the original Andante to the composer's first symphony - and also include Schnittke's Violin Concerto No. 4 with SFS Concertmaster Alexander Barantschik, who celebrates his tenth anniversary with the orchestra this season. Concerts take place May 16, 17, 18 and 19 at Davies Symphony Hall. 

Learn more & purchase tickets here. 

New album: Beethoven 7 disc now available on iTunes
May 7, 2012

Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony's live recording of Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony No. 7 and Leonore Overture No. 3 is now available as a pre-release exclusively from the iTunes store. MTT and the SFS's latest album will be released as a hybrid SACD recording on the Orchestra's SFS Media label June 12. You can pre-order the album from the San Francisco Symphony's e-store; and on May 16, the SACD will become available at the Symphony Store in Davies Symphony Hall. The album will be in stores and online internationally on June 12.

Buy the album now from iTunes.

Pre-order the disc from the SFS e-store. 


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