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CANCELLED: Michael Tilson Thomas Conducts Gil Shaham and Schumann

Location

David Geffen Hall

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Off-Sale

Date & Times

13

May, 2021

Thursday, 7:30 PM

14

May, 2021

Friday, 8:00 PM

15

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

Beethoven

Leonore Overture No. 3

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Schuman

Violin Concerto

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R. Schumann

Symphony No. 1, Spring

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Artists

Michael Tilson Thomas

Conductor

Michael Tilson Thomas

Conductor

Michael Tilson Thomas

Conductor

Michael Tilson Thomas is co-founder and artistic director of the New World Symphony, music director laureate of the San Francisco Symphony, and conductor laureate of the London Symphony Orchestra. He is a 12-time Grammy Award winner and has conducted the major orchestras of Europe and the United States. 

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 led 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 1987 Michael Tilson Thomas co-founded the New World Symphony (NWS), a postgraduate orchestral academy in Miami Beach dedicated to preparing young musicians of diverse backgrounds for leadership roles in classical music. He has since worked with more than 1,100 NWS Fellows, many of whom have gone onto careers with major orchestras. 

He became music director of the San Francisco Symphony in 1995, and his tenure was a period of significant growth and heightened international recognition for the orchestra in which he led the orchestra in championing contemporary and American composers alongside classical masters. As music director laureate, he continues to conduct the orchestra in four weeks of concerts annually, as well as in special projects. 

His discography includes more than 120 recordings, and his television work includes the New York Philharmonic’s Young People’s Concerts, series for the BBC and PBS, and numerous televised performances. In 2020 he was profiled on PBS’s American Masters. 

An active composer throughout his career, Michael Tilson Thomas’s major works include From the Diary of Anne Frank (1990), commissioned by UNICEF and premiered with Audrey Hepburn as narrator, and Meditations on Rilke (2019). Both appear on a recent Grammy Award–winning recording of his music by the San Francisco Symphony. 

He is an Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres of France, a member of the American Academies of Arts and Sciences and Arts and Letters, a National Medal of Arts recipient, a member of the California Hall of Fame, and a 2019 Kennedy Center Honoree. 

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Gil Shaham

Violin

Gil Shaham

Violin

Gil  Shaham

Violin

Gil Shaham is one of the foremost violinists of our time: His flawless technique combined with his inimitable warmth and generosity of spirit has solidified his renown as an American master. He is sought after throughout the world for concerto appearances with leading orchestras and conductors, and regularly gives recitals and appears with ensembles on the great concert stages and at the prestigious festivals. 

Highlights of recent years include a recording and performances of J.S. Bach’s complete sonatas and partitas for solo violin as well as recitals with his longtime duo partner, pianist Akira Eguchi. He regularly appears with the Berlin Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and San Francisco Symphony, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, and in multiyear residencies with the orchestras of Montreal, Stuttgart, and Singapore.   

Mr. Shaham has more than two dozen concerto and solo CDs to his name, earning multiple Grammys, a Grand Prix du Disque, Diapason d’Or, and Gramophone Editor’s Choice. His most recent recording in the series 1930s Violin Concertos Vol. 2 was nominated for a Grammy Award. He released a new recording of the Beethoven and Brahms Violin Concertos with The Knights in 2021. 

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. 
 

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