It seems safe to say that Michael Tilson Thomas -- or MTT, as he's been known since street banners announcing his appointment as music director of the San Francisco Symphony, 20 years ago, went up all over town -- had a spectacular birthday weekend recently.
San Francisco Symphony begins its 102nd season on Tuesday, September 3, at Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall. This year's special guest artist is the incomparable five-time Tony Award winning soprano Audra McDonald.
"it's a timeless story. Different classes, different backgrounds all of that stuff rings true and always will. And the fact that I'm going to be representing Tony for a lot of folks is not lost on me."
It's been one year since the Frank Gehry-designed temple of culture became the New World Symphony's home in Miami Beach, and, to celebrate, Artistic Director Michael Tilson Thomas hosted the ultimate gala: "An Evening of Suspense."
While not every child today has the opportunity to dance, act, sing or play an instrument, there will always be a group of extraordinary people who have a need to express themselves and the have ability to do so. We need to continue to provide vehicles for these young artists.