Tag Archives: Michael Tilson Thomas

The One and Only San Francisco Symphony

By: Stephany Valdez

“If you’re alive, you have all the experience necessary to understand classical music” – Michael Tilson Thomson, music director of San Francisco Symphony

My ticket and brochure for the performance.
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San Fransisco Symphony

Music on a Grand Scale. By Nathan Durkin

This past Wednesday, I went to see San Fransisco Symphony perform at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. I was excited about this performance – I am personally drawn to that style of orchestral, symphonic music. There’s just so much going on at once, and it all culminates into something truly wonderful. Standing there after the show, applauding with the audience for minutes on end, it certainly did not disappoint.

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An Evening of True Talent

It is truly entertaining to spend an hour (or two) watching someone who is a master of their craft.

By: Daniel Corry

Seeing Michael Tilson Thomas conduct and describe his music so beautifully was an absolute pleasure to watch.

I must be completely transparent and admit I usually dislike going to symphonies. As a child who grew up on Disney movies and video games, I have been spoiled with fantastical visuals when I hear beautiful music. So to be robbed of those completely when at the symphony simply feels like a lack luster experience to me. I always feel lost, and end up trying to imagine what the music is “supposed” to be about, and then simply get bored or frustrated because I feel wrong.

However, I really appreciated the little stories Michael gave before his pieces. The story of the woman who passed away, and was made a medley of her favorite classical pieces, along with the story that they only played the notes that were letters in her name (If I heard that correctly), was a nice place to frame my mind for listening. I thought much less about the music, and about the woman. I imagined her spirit being in Krannert with us, being overjoyed that people were enjoying the tune that was written just for her. That song specifically was a very memorable moment for me.

Lastly, I shocked myself at being able to actually enjoy the song that lasted about 45 minutes! As one with a wild imagination, I find it hard to do most things for 45 minutes, let alone sitting still and listening to classical music, but; for reasons unknown to me, I rather enjoyed all of it, and I truly think it had to do with the passion that radiated from Michael’s conducting.