Michael Tilson Thomas

Airs Monday, December 7, at 1 p.m. This week on the San Francisco Symphony violinist Gil Shaham joins music director Michael Tilson Thomas for an all Stranvinsky concert, including one ballet with its roots in the 17th century and another that jump stated the 20th as well as a concertos that starts with an impossible chord. We'll hear music from Stravinsky's Agon, the Rite of Spring, and Apollo along with the Violin Concerto in D. 

Airs Monday, November 30, at 1 p.m. Soprano Nadine Sierra will be the guest soloist this week on the San Francisco Symphony for three works from Mozart's unfinished operata Zaïde. We'll hear 'Ruhe sanft mein ganzes Leben;' 'Trostlos schluchzet Philomel,' and 'Tiger! Wetze nur die Klauen.' Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas will round out the concert with one of the few works that brought Anton Bruckner success during his lifetime. We'll hear Bruckners Symphony No. 7 and we'll close with Schumann Symphony No. 3.

Airs Monday, November 23, at 1 p.m. This week on the San Francisco Symphony, music director Michael Tilson Thomas leads the orchestra in Aaron Copland's celebration of a Havana damce hall in his Danzón cubano. Then tenor Toby Spence along with French hornist Robert Ward will be the soloists in a cycle of songs about the night with Benjamin Britten's Serenade for Tenor, Horn, and Strings, Opus 31. Also on the program Dmitri Shostakovich's dramatic and politically charged Symphony No. 15 in A major and from the archives will hear the Divertimento in D major by Mozart.

Airs Monday, November 2, at 1 p.m. This week from the San Francisco Orchestra pianist Yuja Wang joins music director Michael Tilson Thomas for a performance of the Piano Concerto No. 1 in D-flat major by the precocious teenager Sergei Prokofiev. Debussy's evocative image for orchestra as well as several small romantic delicacies all composed to showcase the pallet of the orchestra including Fauré's Pavane, Schubert's Entr’acte No. 3, Dvořák's Legends for Orchestra, Grieg’s The Last Spring, and the Scherzo from Concerto symphonique No. 4 in D minor by Litolff.

Airs Monday, October 26, at 1 p.m. On this week's broadcast by the San Francisco Symphony, music director Michael Tilson Thomas leads the orchestra in the last of Brahms’s symphonic works, his Symphony No. 4 in E minor and also takes the audience through a scene from Finish mythology with Lemminkäinen's Return by Jean Sibelius. As the center piece violinist Christian Tetzlaff joins the maestro and orchestra for the Violin Concerto No. 2 in B minor by Bartók and then from the archives we'll hear the Variations on a Theme by Haydn of Johannes Brahms.

Air Monday, September 21, at 1 p.m. On this week's broadcast concert by the San Francisco Symphony, pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet will join Maestro James Conlon on stage for a performance of Piano Concerto No. 1 in C minor by Shostakovich. The concert opens with Schulhoff's Scherzo from Symphony No. 5 and concludes with Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Opus 74, Pathétique. Then, from the archives, music director Michael Tilson Thomas will lead the orchestra in the Symphony No. 9 in E-flat major by Shostakovich. Rik Malone will host.

Airs Monday, September 14, at 1 p.m. On this week’s broadcast concert by the San Francisco Symphony pianist Garrick Ohlsson is the soloist for one of Mozart's best known concertos, the Piano Concerto No. 21 and conductor Laureate Herbert Blomstedt will lead the orchestra in a symphonic journey to the age of chivalry with Anton Bruckner's Romantic Symphony, his Symphony No. 4 in E-flat major. Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas will also be heard in an archival recording of Webern's Six Pieces for Orchestra, Opus 6.

Airs Monday, September 7, at 1 p.m. This week on the San Francisco Symphony Herbert Blomstedt will lead the orchestra in the Clarinet Concerto, Opus 57 by Nielsen, featuring clarinetist Carey Bell. Maestro Blomstedt will also lead the orchestra in Schubert's Symphony in C major, The Great. From the archives we'll conclude the program with music director Michael Tilson Thomas leading the SFO in the Love Scene from Roméo et Juliette, Opus 17 by Berlioz.

Airs Monday, August 31, at 1 p.m. On the next broadcast concert by the San Francisco Symphony music director Michael Tilson Thomas is joined by violinist Julia Fischer for the Violin Concerto No. 1 in D major by Prokofiev. He'll then lead the orchestra in the Symphonie fantastique by Berlioz and Selections from Cinderella also by Prokofiev.

Airs Monday, August 24, at 1 p.m. This week on the San Francisco Symphony Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos will be guest conductor, joined on stage by cellist Alisa Weilerstein who will be featured soloist in Cello Concerto No. 1 in C major by Franz Joseph Haydn. Maestro Frühbeck de Burgos will also lead the orchestra in Haydn's Symphony No. 6 in D major, Le Matin and Scheherazade, the Opus 35 of Rimsky-Korsakov. Then, from the archives, music director Michael Tilson Thomas presents Ravel's Rapsodie espagnole.

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