Michael Tilson Thomas Conducts Gil Shaham and Schumann
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CANCELLED: Michael Tilson Thomas Conducts Gil Shaham and Schumann


David Geffen Hall

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Date & Times


May, 2021

Thursday, 7:30 PM


May, 2021

Friday, 8:00 PM


May, 2021

Saturday, 8:00 PM

Event Info

Michael Tilson Thomas leads Schumann’s First Symphony, in which his new bride, Clara, sensed “the fragrance of violets … and the sound of birdsong in the air.” Star violinist Gil Shaham captures the lyricism and brilliance of William Schuman’s concerto (“one of those American masterpieces whose neglect by our major violin virtuosos is as puzzling as it is shameful” — Chicago Tribune). Neglected no more!

Program To Include


Leonore Overture No. 3



Violin Concerto



Symphony No. 1, Spring


Michael Tilson Thomas


Michael Tilson Thomas


Michael Tilson Thomas


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. He is an 11-time Grammy Award winner and has conducted the major orchestras of Europe and the United States. For his lifetime artistic achievements, he received the 2019 Kennedy Center Honors.

Born in Los Angeles, he studied piano, conducting, and composition at the University of Southern California, and as a young musician worked with such artists as Igor Stravinsky and Aaron Copland. In his mid-20s, he became assistant conductor — and later principal guest conductor — of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, which he conducted in his New York debut. He subsequently served as music director of the Buffalo Philharmonic, principal guest conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and principal conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra.

In 1988 Mr. Tilson Thomas co-founded the New World Symphony, an orchestral academy in Miami Beach that prepares gifted music graduates for leadership roles in classical music. He has since guided the artistic and professional development of more than 1,100 young musicians, many of whom have gone onto careers with major orchestras and institutions.

He became music director of the San Francisco Symphony (SFS) in 1995, and his tenure has been a period of significant growth and heightened international recognition for the orchestra. He has led SFS in championing contemporary and American composers alongside classical masters, while also innovating new ways of engaging today’s audiences with classical music. In 2020 he concludes his 25-year directorship and becomes music director laureate.

Michael Tilson Thomas’s discography includes more than 120 recordings, and his television work includes series for the BBC and PBS as well as broadcasts of New York Philharmonic Young People’s Concerts.

Throughout his career, he has been an active composer, with major works including From the Diary of Anne Frank, commissioned by UNICEF and premiered in 1991 with narrator Audrey Hepburn, and, recently, Meditations on Rilke, premiered in 2020 with SFS.

A Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres of France and a member of the American Academies of Arts and Sciences and Arts and Letters, he was awarded the National Medal of Arts and has been inducted into the California Hall of Fame.

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Gil Shaham


Gil Shaham


Gil  Shaham


Gil Shaham is sought-after throughout the world for concerto appearances with leading orchestras and conductors, and he regularly gives recitals and appears with ensembles on the world’s great concert stages and at the most prestigious festivals.

Highlights of recent years include a recording and performances of J.S. Bach’s complete Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin and recitals with pianist Akira Eguchi, his longtime duo partner. Mr. Shaham regularly appears with the New York, Berlin, Israel, and Los Angeles philharmonic orchestras; Boston, Chicago, and San Francisco symphony orchestras; and Orchestre de Paris; as well as in multiyear residencies with the Montreal, Stuttgart Radio, and Singapore symphony orchestras. 

Mr. Shaham has more than two dozen concerto and solo CDs to his name, has earned multiple Grammy Awards, a Grand Prix du Disque, and Diapason d’Or, and has been named Gramophone Editor’s Choice. His most recent recording in the series 1930s Violin Concertos Vol. 2 was nominated for a Grammy.

Gil Shaham was awarded an Avery Fisher Career Grant in 1990, and in 2008 he received the coveted Avery Fisher Prize. In 2012 he was named Instrumentalist of the Year by Musical America. He plays the 1699 “Countess Polignac” Stradivarius, and lives in New York City with his wife, violinist Adele Anthony, and their three children.

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