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Mavericks comes to a close in NY

MTT at Carnegie

  A four concert run of maverick music at Carnegie Hall comes to a close tonight with our second concert at Zankel Hall.  Enthusiastic audiences have greeted the musicians and composers throughout, with backstage looking like a who’s who of contemporary music.  After any given concert you’re likely to see John Adams talking with Mason Bates […]

SF Symphony on Great Performances

MTT leads the SF Symphony's Opening Gala performances of John Adams' Short Ride in a Fast Machine, with projections by Obscura Digital.  Photo by Kristen Loken.

Over the past three weeks, audiences in San Francisco, Chicago, Ann Arbor, and New York have had a chance to see Michael Tilson Thomas lead performances by the San Francisco Symphony.  Tomorrow night, it’s your turn! At 9 pm, PBS’s Great Performances will broadcast the opening performance of our Centennial season–a chance for all of […]

MTT on NPR’s Fresh Air

MTT and his grandmother Bessie Thomashefsky

As it turns out, MTT is not the first in his family to promote and create innovative, artistic, and distinctly American performances–his grandparents, Boris and Bessie Thomashefsky, were among the founders and creators of American Yiddish Theater in New York and Chicago at the turn of the century. Today with host Terry Gross on NPR’s […]

American Mavericks opens at Carnegie Hall

Michael Tilson  Thomas (center) in John Cage's Song Books

Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony’s American Mavericks Festival opened at Carnegie Hall tonight, in the first of four concerts, with a rare, fully-staged performance of John Cage’s Song Books, with soloists Joan La Barbara, Meredith Monk, and Jessye Norman. Another highlight of the evening: the New York premiere of John Adams’ new […]

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 […]

Backstage: The sets for John Cage’s Song Books

Cage stage set 2

Before Michael Tilson Thomas and the orchestra, Joan La Barbara, Meredith Monk, and Jessye Norman set foot on stage, before the ushers arrive and the box office starts cooking, and long before concertgoers file in to tonight’s San Francisco Symphony concert for John Cage’s Song Books, the unsung heroes of the stage crew are unloading […]

WATCH: Live stream 3/17 1:30 pm PDT: “Talking About Creativity” from American Orchestra Forum

John Adams

Join us Saturday, March 17 at 1:30pm PDT for a live webcast of the San Francisco Symphony’s “Talking About Creativity” event, part of our American Orchestra Forum. Hear San Francisco Symphony Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas, SF Symphony Executive Director Brent Assink, composers John Adams and Mason Bates, Margo Drakos of InstantEncore.com, Ed Sanders of […]