San Francisco Symphony, Michael Tilson Thomas Perform at Carnegie Hall, Air on PBS and Q2 Music
The San Francisco Symphony and Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas will be making their presence known in New York City this month with four concerts March 27-30 at Carnegie Hall as part of the American Mavericks celebration, a co-presentation by the Symphony and Carnegie Hall.
While they are in New York, WNET's THIRTEEN will screen two PBS Great Performances programs on March 29 & 30 of concert events led by Michael Tilson Thomas: The Thomashefskys: Music & Memories of a Life in the Yiddish Theater, and San Francisco Symphony at 100, including the Symphony's Centennial Season gala concert featuring Itzhak Perlman and Lang Lang.
The four Carnegie Hall concerts - two in the Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage and two in Zankel Hall - will feature the New York premieres of works by John Adams, Mason Bates, Meredith Monk and Morton Subotnik alongside other Maverick composers and featuring numerous esteemed guest artists.
Tuesday, March 27, 8PM (Cage, Cowell, Adams, Varese)
Wednesday, March 28, 8PM (Ruggles, Feldman, Ives)
Thursday, March 29, 8:30PM (Partch, Bates, Harrison, Del Tredici)
Friday, March 30, 8:30PM (Monk, Reich, Foss, Subotnick)
American Mavericks celebrations are already underway in the city with Carnegie Hall's free Neighborhood Concerts, film screenings, and a John Cage celebration concert featuring So Percussion at Zankel Hall on Monday, March 26. Carnegie Hall's blog has also been featuring in-depth content about the composers and music featured as part of the celebration. Extensive content can also be accessed at www.americanmavericks.org.
Meanwhile, on air, Q2 Music, WQXR's contemporary music channel, has embarked on three weeks of 24/7 Mavericks programming that will continue through March 30.
The San Francisco Symphony, Michael Tilson Thomas (MTT) and special guests will arrive in New York City on Monday, March 26 and launch the week's events with an event at the Greene Space featuring MTT, John Adams, Jeremy Denk, Meredith Monk and the St. Lawrence String Quartet, hosted by WQXR's David Garland and Q2's Nadia Sirota. This event will be broadcast live on Q2 and also video web-streamed.
The San Francisco Symphony and MTT will also be on New York area television screens when PBS Great Performances airs The Thomashefskys: Music & Memories of a Life in the Yiddish Theater on Thursday, March 29 at 8:30PM. Filmed at the Frank Gehry designed New World Hall in Miami and featuring the New World Symphony, The Thomashefskys is a stage production hosted and conducted by MTT that details the colorful lives of his grandparents and founders of the Yiddish theater in New York, Boris & Bessie Thomashefsky.
The following evening, concert footage from the San Francisco Symphony's Centennial Season gala concert held in September at Davies Symphony Hall and featuring Itzhak Perlman and Lang Lang is presented alongside historical documentary footage in San Francisco Symphony at 100, hosted by Amy Tan. This airs on THIRTEEN on Friday, March 30 at 9PM.