May 22, 2018
Michael Tilson Thomas Embarks on New Educational Partnerships This Summer; Schedule Also Includes Performances in New York, San Francisco, and at Tanglewood
Spencer Lowell

MICHAEL TILSON THOMAS EMBARKS ON THREE NEW EDUCATIONAL PARTNERSHIPS THIS SUMMER

  • NYO-USA, WHICH WILL LAUNCH HIS CARNEGIE HALL PERSPECTIVES SERIES
  • NEW WORLD SYMPHONY PARTNERSHIP WITH CARNEGIE HALL FOR NYO2
  • NEW INITIATIVE OF THE LONDON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AND MUSIC ACADEMY OF THE WEST 

Additional summer engagements include performances leading the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood, MET Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, and San Francisco Symphony at Davies Symphony Hall  

 

NEW YORK, NEW YORK (May 22, 2018) — Throughout his career, Michael Tilson Thomas (MTT) has maintained a deep commitment to fostering musical excellence and innovation among the next generation of classical musicians, and this summer he embarks on three new educational partnerships to further that mission.  

In July and August, MTT leads Carnegie Hall’s National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America (NYO-USA) in the launch of his second Perspectivesseries, conducting the orchestra at Carnegie Hall (July 19) and leading it on tour in Asia (July 24 – August 3). To reach the younger musicians of the NYO2 program, which will be under way simultaneously, MTT’s New World Symphony, America’s Orchestral Academy (NWS), which he co-founded and leads as Artistic Director, partners with Carnegie Hall for NYO2, both in New York and at the New World Center in Miami. MTT, Conductor Laureate of the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO), also launches a new educational partnership between the orchestra and the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, where he participates in a special panel discussion (July 12) that explores the project.

Carnegie Hall’s NYO-USA comprises young orchestral musicians (ages 16-19) from across the country. MTT will first work with the orchestra in Purchase, NY, where the musicians spend three weeks engaged in rehearsals, workshops, and social/recreational activities. He then conducts NYO-USA at Carnegie Hall on Thursday, July 19 at 7:30 p.m. and subsequently leads the orchestra on a five-city Asian tour, including NYO-USA’s debut performances in Taipei, Seoul, and Daejeon. Featuring the same program as the Carnegie Hall concert, the tour comprises performances at the Taipei National Concert Hall (July 24), Shanghai Symphony Hall (July 27), National Centre for the Performing Arts (Beijing; July 29; webcast), Lotte Hall (Seoul; August 1), and Daejeon Culture & Arts (Daejeon, South Korea; August 3).

Program Notes

  • At Carnegie Hall and on tour in Asia, MTT conducts NYO-USA in Sibelius’s Symphony No. 2, Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F Major featuring Jean-Yves Thibaudet, and the world premiere of Ted Hearne’s Brass Tacks, a Carnegie Hall commission.
  • MTT has been a champion of Ted Hearne’s music and has programmed it with both NWS and the San Francisco Symphony (SFS).
  • In 2015, Mr. Hearne’s Dispatches, co-commissioned by NWS and SFS, was premiered by NWS under the baton of Christian Reif, a former NWS Conducting Fellow who is now Resident Conductor at SFS and Music Director of the SFS Youth Orchestra.
  • During the 2016-17 NWS season, Mr. Hearne was commissioned to compose the music for a crowdsourced, multimedia symphony, titled Miami in Movements, as part of NWS’ Project 305 initiative. MTT conducted the premiere at the New World Center in an October 2017 WALLCAST® concert. He led the orchestra in a second performance as part of NWS’ February 2018 New Work event.

While in Purchase with NYO-USA, MTT will be joined by Fellows from the New World Symphony as part of its partnership with Carnegie Hall for NYO2. Having just concluded its 30th anniversary season, NWS was co-founded by MTT to prepare graduates of music programs for leadership roles in professional orchestras and ensembles. NWS Fellows are conducted and mentored by MTT each yearand follow a curriculum at NWS that emphasizes musical excellence, leadership, and outreach and education in the community. They will coach the NYO2 musicians (ages 14-17) in New York and at the New World Center in Miami, where the NYO2 musicians will be in residence for six days. Through this NWS partnership with Carnegie Hall, MTT aims to broaden the reach and impact of NWS’ educational innovations to an even younger generation of musicians around the nation.

MTT will conduct NWS at Carnegie Hall during the 2018-19 season as part of Perspectives—Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at 8:00 p.m. (Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage) and Thursday, May 2, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. (Zankel Hall).

In addition to working with Carnegie Hall and NWS on the East Coast this summer, MTT will be in Santa Barbara for the launch of a new educational partnership between the Music Academy of the West and London Symphony Orchestra. This annual program, in which Academy Fellows will be mentored by LSO musicians and conductors, will be led by LSO Conductor Laureate MTT in the U.S. and LSO Music Director Sir Simon Rattle in London.

MTT explores the project in a special panel discussion at the Academy on Thursday, July 12 at 5:30 p.m., in which he will be joined by LSO Managing Director Kathryn McDowell, Music Academy of the West President and CEO Scott Reed, and LSO Principal Clarinet Andrew Marriner. Also as part of the launch, six LSO guest artists will be in residence at the Academy this summer.

Starting in 2019, MTT will be in residence in Santa Barbara each summer as Signature Festival Conductor of the partnership, joined by principal players from each section of the LSO. Together, they will teach and mentor Academy Fellows—young instrumentalists (ages 18-34) from around the world and of all backgrounds who attend the Academy on full scholarships. Twelve of the 95 Fellows will then be selected via audition to travel to London the following winter for ten days of intensive training with the LSO and Mr. Rattle. As with MTT’s work at the New World Symphony and this summer with Carnegie Hall, this project reflects his commitment to the musicians of tomorrow.

MTT’s summer highlights a wide range of the activities and initiatives for which he is best known, including not only his work as an educator, but also as a composer, champion of contemporary music, advocate for American Maverick composers, and innovator in the concert hall, including through the use of video, lighting, and dance, among other art forms. Additional summer performances are as follows:

The MET Orchestra — Tuesday, June 5 at 8:00 p.m. — Carnegie Hall

  • In addition to conducting Mahler’s Symphony No. 4, MTT brings the music of American Maverick composer Carl Ruggles to The MET Orchestra for the first time in what is also MTT’s first performance with the ensemble.
  • MTT conducts the orchestral version of Ruggles’s Evocations, originally composed for piano. The piece is featured on MTT’s 1980 recording of the composer’s complete works with the Buffalo Philharmonic.
  • Soprano Pretty Yende is the vocal soloist in the Mahler symphony, as well as in Mozart’s Exsultate, jubilate.

San Francisco Symphony — June 14-30 — Davies Symphony Hall

  • SFS Music Director MTT returns to Davies Hall for symphony, concerto, and opera performances with the orchestra.
  • MTT conducts Mussorgsky's Boris Godunovin a semi-staged productionon June 14, 15, and 17. This production brings the composer’s original orchestration to life through video projections, costumes, scenery, and lighting design.
  • Back-to-back Sibelius symphoniesNos. 6 and 7—are featured on the June 21-24 program, which also includes Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 featuring Daniil Trifonov.
  • Mahler’s Symphony No. 3, featuring mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke, is conducted by MTT on June 28, 29, and 30. From 2000 to 2010, he led SFS in a Mahler recording cycle that garnered seven Grammy Awards. The 2003 recording of Symphony No. 3 won the Grammy Award for Best Classical Album, Diapason d’Or, and was Editor’s Choice in Gramophone.

MTT will conduct SFS at Carnegie Hall during the 2018-19 season as part of Perspectives—Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. (Carnegie Hall’s Opening Night Gala; Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage) and Thursday, October 4, 2018 at 8:00 p.m. (Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage).

Tanglewood — Sunday, August 12 at 2:30 p.m. and Saturday, August 25 at 8:00 p.m.

 

  • At Tanglewood, MTT is both a featured conductor and composer, leading the Boston Symphony Orchestra on August 12 in Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 and his own composition Agnegram, which was written in 1998 to celebrate the 90th birthday of SFS patron and friend Agnes Albert and which he premiered with SFS the same year.
  • MTT also joins many illustrious colleagues—from fellow conductors to leading soloists (full list here and below)—in paying tribute to Leonard Bernstein at the Festival’s Bernstein Centennial Celebration on the composer’s birthday, August 25.

Michael Tilson Thomas is Music Director of the San Francisco Symphony, Co-Founder and Artistic Director of the New World Symphony, and Conductor Laureate of the London Symphony Orchestra. In addition to conducting the world’s leading orchestras, MTT is also noted for his work as a composer and a producer of multimedia projects that are dedicated to music education and the reimagination of the concert experience. He has won eleven Grammys for his recordings, is the recipient of the National Medal of Arts, is a Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres of France, and has been inducted into the California Hall of Fame. For more information, visit michaeltilsonthomas.com.  

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Michael Tilson Thomas
Summer 2018 Schedule  

NEW YORK  

Tuesday, June 5 at 8:00 p.m.
Carnegie Hall, Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage

The MET Orchestra
Michael Tilson Thomas, Conductor  

Pretty Yende, Soprano  

RUGGLES Evocations
MOZART Exsultate, jubilate
MAHLER Symphony No. 4  

Tickets, priced at $56 to $185, are available at the Carnegie Hall Box Office, 154 West 57th Street, or can be charged to major credit cards by calling CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800 or by visiting the Carnegie Hall website, carnegiehall.org.

SAN FRANCISCO  

Thursday, June 14 at 8:00pm
Friday, June 15 at 8:00pm
Sunday, June 17 at 2:00pm
Davies Symphony Hall   

San Francisco Symphony
Michael Tilson Thomas, Conductor  

Stanislav Trofimov, Bass
Maxim Paster, Tenor
Sergei Skorokhodov, Tenor
Vyacheslav Pochapsky, Bass  

San Francisco Symphony Chorus
Ragnar Bohlin, Director  

MUSSORGSKY Boris Godunov (semi-staged)  

Tickets are available at sfsymphony.org, by phone at 415-864-6000, and at the Davies Symphony Hall Box Office, on Grove Street between Van Ness Avenue and Franklin Street in San Francisco.  

Thursday, June 21 at 8:00pm
Friday, June 22 at 8:00pm
Saturday, June 23 at 8:00pm
Sunday, June 24 at 2:00pm
Davies Symphony Hall  

San Francisco Symphony
Michael Tilson Thomas, Conductor  

Daniil Trifonov, Piano  

SIBELIUS Symphony No. 6
SIBELIUS Symphony No. 7
RACHMANINOFF Piano Concerto No. 3  

Tickets are available at sfsymphony.org, by phone at 415-864-6000, and at the Davies Symphony Hall Box Office, on Grove Street between Van Ness Avenue and Franklin Street in San Francisco.  

Thursday, June 28 at 2:00pm
Friday, June 29 at 8:00pm
Saturday, June 30 at 8:00pm
Davies Symphony Hall  

San Francisco Symphony
Michael Tilson Thomas, Conductor  

Sasha Cooke, Mezzo-soprano  

Pacific Boychoir
Andrew Brown, Director  

Women of the San Francisco Symphony Chorus
Ragnar Bohlin, Director  

MAHLER Symphony No. 3  

Tickets are available at sfsymphony.org, by phone at 415-864-6000, and at the Davies Symphony Hall Box Office, on Grove Street between Van Ness Avenue and Franklin Street in San Francisco.  

SANTA BARBARA  

Thursday, July 12 at 5:30 p.m.
Music Academy of the West, Hahn Hall  

London Symphony Orchestra Partnership Introduction

Andrew Marriner, LSO Principal Clarinet
Kathryn McDowell, LSO Managing Director
Scott Reed, Music Academy of the West President and CEO
Michael Tilson Thomas, LSO Conductor Laureate  

Three leaders introduce Music Academy audiences to the historic new partnership between the Music Academy of the West and the LSO.  

Tickets are available at musicacademy.org.  

NEW YORK  

Thursday, July 19 at 7:30 p.m.
Carnegie Hall, Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage  

National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America
Michael Tilson Thomas, Conductor  

Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Piano  

TED HEARNE Brass Tacks (world premiere, commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
GERSHWIN Piano Concerto in F Major
SIBELIUS Symphony No. 2  

Tickets, priced at $25 to $65, are available at the Carnegie Hall Box Office, 154 West 57th Street, or can be charged to major credit cards by calling CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800 or by visiting the Carnegie Hall website, carnegiehall.org.  

ASIA  

Tuesday, July 24 at Taipei National Concert Hall
Friday, July 27 at Shanghai Symphony Hall
Sunday, July 29 at National Centre for the Performing Arts (Beijing [webcast])
Wednesday, August 1 at Lotte Hall in (Seoul)
Friday, August 3 at Daejeon Culture & Arts  

National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America
Michael Tilson Thomas, Conductor  

Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Piano  

TED HEARNE Brass Tacks
GERSHWIN Piano Concerto in F Major
SIBELIUS Symphony No. 2  

For ticketing information, please contact venues.  

TANGLEWOOD  

Sunday, August 12 at 2:30 p.m.
Tanglewood, Koussevitzky Music Shed  

Boston Symphony Orchestra
Michael Tilson Thomas, Conductor  

Igor Levit, Piano  

MICHAEL TILSON THOMAS Agnegram
RACHMANINOFF Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
MAHLER Symphony No. 1  

Tickets for this concert, priced from $23-$114, are available at tanglewood.org or 888-266-1200.  

Saturday, August 25 at 8:00 p.m.
Tanglewood, Koussevitzky Music Shed  

The Bernstein Centennial Celebration at Tanglewood  

Boston Symphony Orchestra
Joined by members of the New York Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, Pacific Music Festival, and Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival  

Tanglewood Festival Chorus (James Burton, Conductor)

Andris Nelsons, Conductor
Christoph Eschenbach, Conductor
Keith Lockhart, Conductor
Michael Tilson Thomas, Conductor
John Williams, Conductor
Audra McDonald, Host and Vocalist
Midori, Violin
Yo-Yo Ma, Cello
Kian Soltani, Cello
Nadine Sierra, Soprano
Susan Graham, Mezzo-soprano
Isabel Leonard, Mezzo-soprano
Thomas Hampson, Baritone
Jessica Vosk, Vocalist
Tony Yazbeck, Vocalist
James Darrah, Director  

Program to include:
BERNSTEIN Selections from Candide, West Side Story,* Mass, and Serenade, among other works
MAHLER Selections from Des Knaben Wunderhorn
COPLAND Appalachian Spring*
JOHN WILLIAMS New Work
MAHLER Symphony No. 2 (“Resurrection”), V. Im Tempo des Scherzos (In the tempo of the scherzo)  

*Conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas  

Tickets for this concert, priced from $25-$125, are available at tanglewood.org or 888-266-1200.  

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