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Adieu, Mavericks

MTT slicing ingredients

With the American Mavericks Festival and Tour now complete, Davies Symphony Hall is quiet without percussion polyrhythms coming up through the floors, Paul Jacobs on the Ruffatti organ making us wonder if we just had a minor earthquake, and running into an array of props, sets, and weirdo instruments backstage.  Not to say we’re not […]

WATCH: American Mavericks Conversation with MTT, John Adams, Meredith Monk & Q2 Music from NYC’s Greene Space

Michael Tilson Thomas (right) with (l to r): Meredith Monk, Q2 Music host Nadia Sirota, and WQXR's David Garland

Q2 Music celebrated America’s great iconoclastic composers when San Francisco Symphony Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas and the SFS brought the American Mavericks tour to New York. In anticipation of their Carnegie Hall concerts March 27-30, composers John Adams and Meredith Monk, the St. Lawrence String Quartet, and pianist Jeremy Denk joined MTT for an […]

LIVE webcast Monday, 3/26 with MTT, Meredith Monk, John Adams from WQXR’s Greene Space

greene space

On Monday, March 26 at 4 pm PDT/7pm EDT, Michael Tilson Thomas, John Adams, Meredith Monk, the St. Lawrence String Quartet, and Jeremy Denk visit hosts David Garland of WQXR and Nadia Sirota of Q2 for a live studio event and webcast at New York’s  Greene Space  to launch the American Mavericks Festival in New York. […]

What the BBb is THAT?

contrabass clarinet

As the Orchestra performs its last weekend of American Mavericks Festival concerts here in San Francisco and prepares to go on tour to Ann Arbor, Chicago, and New York, we’ve been seeing a lot of odd and unusual things lying around backstage.  Yesterday morning, I came upon this case, which at about five feet long, […]

VIDEO: Meredith Monk on Realm Variations

Rehearsing Realm Variations at Davies Symphony Hall

This weekend at the SF Symphony means the world premiere of not one, not two, but THREE new works by maverick composers.  There are the first performances of Mason Bates’ Mass Transmission and John Adams’ Absolute Jest, and on Sunday at 2 pm Meredith Monk, her vocal ensemble, and members of the San Francisco Symphony […]