The San Francisco Symphony Honors Michael Tilson Thomas' Remarkable 25-Year Tenure As Music Director
The San Francisco Symphony honors Michael Tilson Thomas’ remarkable 25-year tenure as Music Director with MTT25: An Online Tribute — featuring expanded digital content, virtual events, and more, June 4–28, 2020.
Exclusive content from MTT’s 25 years as Music Director—including archival audio recordings, videos, photos, and personal memories to be released daily for 25 consecutive days, beginning June 4th.
MTT25 culminates in global virtual event on June 28 at 5pm PDT, hosted by Audra McDonald and Susan Graham and featuring musical performances by renowned guest artists, members of the San Francisco Symphony and Chorus, and plenty of surprises.
SAN FRANCISCO, CA — The San Francisco Symphony today launches MTT25: An Online Tribute—a special 25-day digital tribute in honor of Michael Tilson Thomas’ (MTT) extraordinary 25-year tenure as Music Director. The 2019–20 season marks Tilson Thomas’s 25th and final year leading the San Francisco Symphony in what is widely considered one of the most remarkable and productive artistic partnerships in the orchestra world. From June 4 through 28, the San Francisco Symphony will release original and archival content daily, highlighting achievements, milestones, artistic projects, and relationships illustrative of MTT and the Orchestra’s dynamic 25-year partnership. Each day will be anchored by a specific season in MTT’s tenure—beginning today with the inaugural 1995–96 season—which will be showcased with a unique, evolving, and exciting mix of visuals and storytelling.
Activities culminate with MTT25: An Online Tribute Event for Michael Tilson Thomas on June 28, 2020 at 5pm PDT/8pm EDT, hosted by famed vocalists Audra McDonald and Susan Graham, and featuring contributions and tributes by musicians of the San Francisco Symphony and Chorus, an array of distinguished guest artists, and many surprises. This global celebration of Michael Tilson Thomas will stream free of charge on the Symphony’s YouTube channel YouTube.com/SFSymphony.
“Sharing musical experiences in innovative and accessible ways has been a quintessential element of Michael’s 25-year partnership with the San Francisco Symphony,” says San Francisco Symphony CEO Mark C. Hanson. “As we re-envisioned how we would recognize the conclusion of his remarkable tenure as Music Director in the absence of live performances, we focused on two things that hold great personal importance to MTT—the lasting relationships that have grown between Michael, the Orchestra, and musical friends around the world; and the music itself. It is our intent that this 25- day online tribute will connect longtime patrons and new audiences alike through music, people, and stories that illustrate MTT’s legacy of generous and adventurous music making in San Francisco.”
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