Michael Tilson Thomas

Michael Tilson Thomas

Michael Tilson Thomas (MTT) is Music Director of the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra. His career has included leadership positions with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the LA Philharmonic and the New World Symphony Orchestra. MTT and the SFSO launched the "Keeping Score" PBS television series and multimedia project in 2006.

More than 350 musicians are heard on a recent recording of the Mahler Symphony No. 8 with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas. Mahler may call for large musical forces, but Michael Tilson Thomas (aka MTT) says Mahler doesn't always want them all to play forcefully. He had to find new ways to tell the orchestra to "Ssssshhhhhh."

Copy and paste this link into your browser to watch a remarkable video of the making of the Mahler 8 recording -- and definitely wait for the magical moment about 5 minutes into the 7 minute video. http://www.youtube.com/user/sfsymphony.


"Keeping Score" is a classical music Television series, currently in its second season on Public Television (PBS). Conductor Michael Tilson Thomas is the voice and visionary behind these musical travelogues that are changing the way we think about traditional approaches to music education and music appreciation. Season Two offers a look at three very different composers and their pivotal pieces of music.

Season Two of "Keeping Score" (from PBS) takes us deep into the stories behind major works by Hector Berlioz, Charles Ives and Dimitri Shostakovich. You can find out more about “Keeping Score,” including detailed looks at each of the composers profiled this season, by going to http://www.keepingscore.org.

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