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Michael Tilson Thomas

Michael Tilson Thomas

Michael Tilson Thomas.

Michael Tilson Thomas artist page: interviews, features and/or performances archived at NPR Music

Concerts

The elegant conductor Michael Tilson Thomas leading the San Francisco Symphony in a live performance from Carnegie Hall on November 13, 2013.

November 13, 2013 Conductor Michael Tilson Thomas mixes Mozart (with pianist Jeremy Denk) and bold American works.

Interviews & Profiles

Michael Tilson Thomas conducts the San Francisco Symphony.

May 29, 2013 Michael Tilson Thomas guides us through the infamous Rite of Spring premiere and its longevity.

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Copland (300)

March 24, 2009 Aaron Copland's clear, light and open textures give his ballet a quiet strength.

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July 6, 2008 The maverick composer wove a mish-mash of sounds into his musical portrait of the American holiday.

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November 21, 2004 A training orchestra for young musicians, the New World Symphony brings classical music to Miami.

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Gershwin

February 13, 2000 At age 25, George Gershwin took only three weeks to compose his most identifiable masterpiece.

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Discover Songs

Copland (300)

March 24, 2009 Aaron Copland's clear, light and open textures give his ballet a quiet strength.

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July 6, 2008 The maverick composer wove a mish-mash of sounds into his musical portrait of the American holiday.

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News

Conductor and composer Michael Tilson Thomas.

March 30, 2012 Yiddish- and English-speaking mavericks, students too cool for middle school and much more.

The San Francisco Symphony  launches its centennial season with a concert and webcast tonight. Music director Michael Tilson Thomas (front, right) conducts.

September 7, 2011 Celebrate the orchestra's centennial with recordings old and new.

Projections on the giant sails of the Sydney Opera House, which served as the venue for the YouTube Symphony Orchestra concert.

March 21, 2011 Did the tech-savvy event mark a new era in classical music?

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April 24, 2005 Young classical musicians finishing a three-year program must now find jobs in classical music.

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January 23, 2005 Miami's New World Symphony offers a unique educational environment for talented young musicians.

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Reviews

Composer John Adams.

March 27, 2012 Hear an excerpt from a brilliant new recording of music by one of today's most essential composers.

Composer John Adams.

March 27, 2012 Hear an excerpt from a brilliant new recording of music by one of today's most essential composers.

Composer Henry Brant took 36 years to transform the "Concord" sonata by Charles Ives into a full-fledged symphony.

May 12, 2011 The maverick composer spent 43 years on his sonata; it took Henry Brant 36 years to orchestrate it.

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June 11, 2009 Classical music critic Lloyd Schwartz reviews new live recordings from orchestras across the U.S.

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More Stories

San Francisco Symphony plays John Adams.

June 13, 2012 The NPR Classical team discusses and spins a variety of favorite new discs and downloads.

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Composer Meredith Monk being interviewed during the 'American Mavericks' event at The Greene Space, New York City, on March 26, 2012.

March 23, 2012 An evening with Michael Tilson Thomas, John Adams, Meredith Monk and Jeremy Denk.

In these times of instability in the recording industry, more and more Symphony Orchestras (like the Cincinnati Symphony, photographed here) are making their own albums.

December 15, 2011 Once contracted to big labels, orchestras are now releasing their own impressive recordings.

New World Center (exterior)

January 25, 2011 In its new Frank Gehry-designed hall, the orchestra played Wagner, Copland and a world premiere.

NPR Artist Directory

Chopin

Frederic Chopin

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Gillian Welch

Gillian Welch

Enjoy archival interviews and performances from the folk revivalist.

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Spoon

Spoon

Music, live concerts and interviews with the pop-rock band.

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Rodrigo y Gabriela

Rodrigo y Gabriela

Hear and watch exclusive performances from the guitar-playing Mexican duo.

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Bon Iver

Bon Iver

Hear concerts and interviews with the atmospheric art-folk singer.

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Charles Mingus

Charles Mingus

Hear performances and profiles of the jazz innovator's work.

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Emerson String Quartet

Emerson String Quartet

Hear essential recordings and performances from the lauded quartet.

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Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

NPR Music explores the life and voice of the passionate Qawwali singer.

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Wye Oak

Wye Oak

Exclusive performances from the pop duo from Baltimore.

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M.I.A.

M.I.A.

Music and news from the Sri Lanka-born hip-hop artist and producer.

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Arcade Fire

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New England Holidays: Music by Charles Ives

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  • Album: New England Holidays: Music by Charles Ives
  • Artist: Michael Tilson Thomas
  • Label: Sony
  • Released: 1992
 

Ligeti/Beethoven

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  • Album: Ligeti/Beethoven
  • Artist: Jeremy Denk
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • Released: 2012
 

Canibalismo

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  • Album: Canibalismo
  • Artist: Chicha Libre
  • Label: Barbes
  • Released: 2012
 

Prokofiev: Sonata No. 6; Liszt; Saint-Saëns

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  • Album: Prokofiev: Sonata No. 6; Liszt; Saint-Saëns
  • Artist: Behzod Abduraimov
  • Label: Decca
  • Released: 2012
 

Big, Beautiful, Dark and Scary

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  • Album: Big, Beautiful, Dark and Scary
  • Artist: Bang On A Can
  • Label: Cantaloupe
  • Released: 2012
 

Centenary Edition: The Complete Decca Recordings

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  • Album: Centenary Edition: The Complete Decca Recordings
  • Artist: Kathleen Ferrier
  • Label: Decca
  • Released: 2012
 

Seven Steps

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  • Album: Seven Steps
  • Artist: Brooklyn Rider
  • Label: In a Circle
  • Released: 2012
 

Adams: Harmonielehre; Short Ride in a Fast Machine

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  • Album: Adams: Harmonielehre; Short Ride in a Fast Machine
  • Artist: Michael Tilson Thomas
  • Label: San Francisco Sym
  • Released: 2012
 

Baltic Portraits

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  • Album: Baltic Portraits
  • Artist: Paavo Järvi
  • Label: CSO Media
  • Released: 2011
 

Chicago Symphony Orchestra Brass: Live

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  • Album: Chicago Symphony Orchestra Brass: Live
  • Artist: Chicago Symphony Orchestra Brass
  • Label: CSO Resound
  • Released: 2011
 

Profanes et Sacrees

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  • Album: Profanes et Sacrees
  • Artist: Boston Symphony Chamber Players
  • Label: BSO classics
  • Released: 2011
 

A Concord Symphony

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  • Album: A Concord Symphony
  • Artist: Michael Tilson Thomas San Francisco Symphony
  • Label: SFS Media
 

Theofanidis Symphony No. 1

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  • Album: Theofanidis Symphony No. 1
  • Artist: Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
  • Label: ASO media
  • Released: 2011
 

Mahler: Symphony No. 7

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  • Album: Mahler: Symphony No. 7
  • Artist: Michael Tilson Thomas
  • Label: San Francisco Sym
  • Released: 2005
 

Defining Dahl: The Music of Ingolf Dahl

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  • Album: Defining Dahl: The Music of Ingolf Dahl
  • Artist: Michael Tilson Thomas
  • Label: Argo
  • Released: 1995
 

Tuck and Roll: The Music of Steven Mackey

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  • Album: Tuck and Roll: The Music of Steven Mackey
  • Artist: Steven Mackey
  • Label: RCA
  • Released: 2001
 

Alma Brasiliera

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  • Album: Alma Brasiliera
  • Artist: New World Symphony / Michael Tilson Thomas
  • Label: Bmg Classics
  • Released: 1996
 

Copland the Populist

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  • Album: Copland the Populist
  • Artist: Michael Tilson Thomas
  • Label: RCA Red Seal