The San Francisco Symphony and Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas won the Grammy Award for Best Orchestral Performance on Sunday for a live recording of works by Bay Area composer John Adams. The works included "Harmonielehre" and "Short Ride in a Fast Machine," which were both commissioned by Tilson Thomas in the 1980s. The new live recordings were released in March 2012...
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The opening program of New World Symphony’s “John Cage Journey” at New World Center was an event on the grand scale lasting four hours, illustrating Cage’s growth from classical composer to pioneer of American experimental music. A huge audience of hipsters and intelligentsia stuck it out to the end Friday evening, moving artistic director Michael Tilson Thomas to exclaim,...
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Yuja Wang gave a skillful performance of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4 with the San Francisco Symphony, led by Michael Tilson Thomas. The orchestra also performed Samuel Carl Adams' superb 'Drift and Providence' and Brahms' Symphony No. 1.
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The final concert Sunday evening of the New World Symphony’s John Cage Centennial Celebration concentrated on scores from the 1970s and ’80s.
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The New World Symphony capped its 25th season with the joyous C major finale of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. The orchestra sounds better than ever these days, with virtually impeccable technical execution, great musical sensitivity and a youthful vigor and sense of discovery to its playing.
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Royal Festival Hall, LondonThough Wagner is usually credited with beginning the journey towards atonality that Schoenberg continued and systematised in his 12-note method, Brahms was the great figure to whom Schoenberg was closest musically. Schoenberg expressed his admiration in a famous essay, Brahms the Progressive, and Michael Tilson Thomas and the Vienna Philharmonic's...
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Symphony strike scraps East Coast tour The stakes in the 5-day-old San Francisco Symphony strike got a lot higher on Sunday, as the orchestra canceled its upcoming East Coast tour with musicians and management still far apart on salaries and benefits. Musicians walked off the job on Wednesday, leading to cancellations of four scheduled performances of Mahler's Ninth Symphony...
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The Pasadena Symphony winds up its 85th anniversary season Saturday with a world premiere performance of Altadena composer Peter Boyer's Symphony No.
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The performance, the first of two, placed a crown on the orchestra's two-week 'Beethoven Project' festival, which closes Sunday with a program of Beethoven string quartets played by members of the orchestra.
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Tomorrow Deutsche Grammophon will release their new recording of Gustav Mahler’s ninth symphony with Gustavo Dudamel conducting the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Recording took place in Los Angeles in the Walt Disney Concert Hall during the 2012...
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