Michael Tilson Thomas’ 25-year tenure as Music Director celebrated by San Francisco Symphony



Michael Tilson Thomas is honoured by the San Francisco Symphony with MTT25: An Online Tribute, a series of exclusive recordings, videos, photos, and personal memories to be released throughout June 2020. These pieces, spotlighting each year of MTT’s tenure, will touch on notable artistic achievements, milestones, projects, and relationships.

The celebration culminates with a virtual YouTube event on 28 June, hosted by Audra McDonald and Susan Graham and featuring performances by guest artists, Symphony and Chorus members, and more.

“Sharing musical experiences in innovative and accessible ways has been a quintessential element of Michael’s 25-year partnership with the San Francisco Symphony,” says CEO Mark C. Hanson. “As we re-envisioned how we would recognize the conclusion of his remarkable tenure as Music Director in the absence of live performances, we focused on two things that hold great personal importance to MTT—the lasting relationships that have grown between Michael, the Orchestra, and musical friends around the world; and the music itself. It is our intent that this 25-day online tribute will connect longtime patrons and new audiences alike through music, people, and stories that illustrate MTT’s legacy of generous and adventurous music making in San Francisco.”

Audiences can follow along on the San Francisco Symphony’s website and social media. Radio station KDFC will also air MTT Time, daily broadcasts of performance recordings through the years, and fans can contribute to a Public Memory Wall by posting their experiences and tagging #MTT25 and #MTTXXV on social media.

In addition to his conducting, MTT’s compositions are in the spotlight with two new releases. His “Whistle Tune” was composed while in lockdown in March 2020, and is inspired by a tune he used to whistle with his father Ted. A video recording is released on 21 June, Father’s Day. SFS Media will issue a digital-only release of MTT’s From the Diary of Anne Frank and Meditations on Rilke, featuring performances by narrator Isabel Leonard, mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke, and bass-baritone Ryan McKinny.

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