Conductor Laureate of the London Symphony Orchestra Michael Tilson Thomas returns to the orchestra this week for two concerts featuring internationally renowned soloists.
Julia Fischer will join the orchestra on 30 May for a performance of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto in D major in a concert that will also feature John Cage’s ballet score The Seasons, composed in collaboration with choreographer Merce Cunningham, and Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra. On 2 June, Daniil Trifonov joins the orchestra for Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5, ‘Emperor’, following a rendition of Charles Ive’s most experimental work; A Symphony: New England Holidays.
Michael will then return to San Francisco Symphony, where he serves as Artistic Director, for four performances of Mahler Symphony No. 9.
Next season, Michael will celebrate his 50th anniversary with the LSO with a series of concerts that will include Berlioz’s Romeo and Juliet, Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D major with soloist Nicola Benedetti and Prokofiev Symphony No. 5. Ahead of the anniversary, Michael reflected that ‘over the past 50 years I’ve observed that the LSO spirit doesn’t just remain, it gets stronger, and drives musical risk taking. Every player in the orchestra shares in its ideals, its goals and in that same unique musical spirit, creating the perfect team.’