December 21, 2016
Happy Birthday Michael Tilson Thomas
Today, Wednesday, December 21st, the esteemed and illustrious New World Symphony Artistic Director and Co-Founder Michael Tilson Thomas turns an ever-youthful 72 years of age.
This season MTT continues to show no signs of slowing down. After a relaxing August in Switzerland conducting concerts at the Verbier Music Festival, he returned to the San Francisco Symphony where he is Music Director. After a full SFS September and a New World Symphony October, MTT led SFS on a November tour of Asia. They gave concerts in Seoul, Korea; Shanghai and Beijing, China; and Osaka and Tokyo in Japan. This month he’s been guest conducting the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. In the new year, 2017 will see MTT back in San Francisco, here in Miami Beach, Philadelphia, Louisville, back in South Beach, then Stockholm, Rome and London. And that’s just the first half of the year!
Be sure to check out his website, with a section on New World Symphony and MTT biography and timeline, including photos from the NWS Archives.
MTT will lead NWS in Mahler's Symphony No. 5 on January 21 and 22.
He will lead NWS in Schubert's Symphony No. 9 on February 4.
He leads the Side-by-Side concert on April 22.
He leads the New Work concert on April 29.
And he leads the Season Finale concert on May 6 and 7.
All photos courtesy of the NWS Archives
Photo of MTT receiving the National Medal of Arts from President Obama by Richard Frasier courtesy of National Endowment for the Arts