Tag Archives: Michael Tilson Thomas

Thoughts on Musical America

Each year the venerable classical music publication Musical America recognizes a handful of artists, and this December I had the honor of accepting the award for Composer of the Year alongside luminaries such as conductors Andris Nelsons and Francisco Nunez, … Continue reading

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Auditorium at the Kennedy Center

The symphonic season kicks off in the Fall with orchestras showcasing some of their most exciting work, and it’s a great time to see what’s happening in the field. As I look ahead to the National Symphony Orchestra’s performances of … Continue reading

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The Long Game

Sending a satellite into space takes vision, madness, collaboration, and patience. These are also important elements, too, in the less celestial field of classical music – for this is a world of long gestations and late payoffs. Much time is … Continue reading

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And So It Begins: 2015-16

Fall arrives with its shimmering mixture of nostalgia and anticipation. We look both forward and backward. Shorter days with brisk temperatures & distant wood-smoke stir up sepia-toned memories, while the exciting rollout of a new season brings out a chipper … Continue reading

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The Year Ahead: 2014-15 Season

I’ve been doing the musical equivalent of cave-painting this summer: writing music in blissful California isolation while my symphonic travels take their summer respite.  But that ends next week, when the 2014-15 season kicks off at the SF Symphony – … Continue reading

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Strange Creatures

I’ve got Joshua Bell surrounded — by a devil and a spaceship. Next weekend at the marvelous Sun Valley Symphony, I’ll happily be the peanut on the bill of a concert that features the reigning prince of the fiddle performing … Continue reading

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Classical Music’s Hidden Story

Sshh.  There’s a hidden story quietly exploding in classical music.  It’s the surprising evolution and adventurousness of American orchestras. You wouldn’t read this story in the pages of the leading newspapers and magazines, most of which are in New York … Continue reading

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