Michael Tilson Thomas

The Thomashefskys: Music and Memories of a Life in the Yiddish Theater

Full Episode

The Thomashefskys brings to life the words and music of the American Yiddish theater. The story’s lead characters-Bessie and Boris Thomashefky-also happen to be the grandparents of San Francisco Symphony music director Michael Tilson Thomas. Bessie and Boris emigrated to the United States from Eastern Europe in the 1880s, and while still in their teens, […]

San Francisco Symphony at 100

About the Concert

San Francisco Symphony at 100, the San Francisco Symphony’s Centennial Season opening night gala, conducted by Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas, will air on THIRTEEN’s Great Performances, Friday, March 30 at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings). In September, the San Francisco Symphony and Tilson Thomas launched its milestone Centennial with a celebratory gala […]

The Thomashefskys: Music and Memories of a Life in the Yiddish Theater

About the Program

The Thomashefskys: Music and Memories of a Life in the Yiddish Theater, a celebration of Yiddish theater pioneers Boris and Bessie Thomashefsky by their grandson, Michael Tilson Thomas, Artistic Director of the New World Symphony, airs Thursday, March 29 at 8 p.m. (check local listings), on THIRTEEN’s Great Performances. Recorded in April 2011 at the […]

Carnegie Hall Opening Night 2008: A Celebration of Leonard Bernstein

Selected Bernstein Numbers

Featuring music selections ranging from the 1944 ballet Fancy Free through West Side Story (1957) to the composer’s final opera A Quiet Place (1983), this excerpt of the concert offers a virtual sound portrait of Leonard Bernstein’s life. This Great Performances episode featuring the San Francisco Symphony and its conductor Michael Tilson Thomas received an […]

Carnegie Hall Opening Night 2008: A Celebration of Leonard Bernstein

About the Performers

Michael Tilson Thomas MICHAEL TILSON THOMAS made his conducting debut with the San Francisco Symphony in 1974 and was appointed its Music Director in September 1995. A Los Angeles native, he studied piano with John Crown and composition and conducting with Ingolf Dahl at the University of Southern California and has worked with Stravinsky, Boulez, […]

Carnegie Hall Opening Night 2008: A Celebration of Leonard Bernstein

Introduction

Opera stars Dawn Upshaw and Thomas Hampson, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, and Broadway’s Christine Ebersole join Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony in Carnegie Hall Opening Night 2008: A Celebration of Leonard Bernstein, Wednesday, October 29, 2008 at 9 p.m. (ET) on Thirteen/WNET New York’s GREAT PERFORMANCES on PBS (check local listings). Airing in […]

Carnegie Hall Opening Night 2008: A Celebration of Leonard Bernstein

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