The COVID-19 pandemic thwarted the San Francisco Symphonyâs plans to celebrate outgoing musical director Michael Tilson Thomas with a slate of concerts that attest to his influential 25-year tenure. But the orchestra adapted quickly even as it cancelled the remainder of its season.
Today, June 4, kicks off 25 days of virtual programming called MTT25, with daily releases of musical recordings, a virtual memory wall where fans can pay tribute to MTT and daily broadcasts on the Bay Areaâs classical staton, KDFC, called MTT Time.
June 26 marks the release of Thomasâ new album of original compositions, From the Diary of Anne Franke & Meditations on Rilke, on the Symphonyâs SFS Media label. The orchestra will also release a short behind-the-scenes documentary about the project, which features mezzo-sopranos Sasha Cooke and Isabel Leonard, both of whom appear on the album.
The month of programming culminates with an online celebration on the Symphonyâs YouTube channel on June 28. Hosted by vocalists Audra McDonald Susan Graham, it features personal stories and tributes from MTTâs musical colleagues and friends from around the world.
More details on MTT25 can be found here.