Michael Tilson Thomas

Credit: Art Streiber

Join us on Sunday, May 7th from 1 to 3 pm and May 8th from 7 to 9 pm on HD-2  to hear guest conductor Michael Tilson Thomas conduct the Philadelphians in a performance of Beethoven’s Third Symphony, the mighty "Eroica," which proved to be not only a turning point in the composer’s career, but in the history of orchestral music.

When Beethoven Traded Despair for Triumph

Apr 30, 2017

It was the fall of 1802 when Ludwig van Beethoven confessed his nearly fatal despair about his growing deafness, in what’s now known as his "Heiligenstadt Testament." His music then took a daring new turn. WRTI’s Susan Lewis talks with conductor Michael Tilson Thomas about Beethoven's Symphony No. 3, "Eroica."

Credit: Vahan Stepanyan

Michael Tilson Thomas is on the podium for this Sunday’s Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert re-broadcast from 1 to 3 pm on WRTI.

A symphonic self portrait that premiered in 1830 has become one of the most-performed works in the orchestral repertoire. WRTI’s Susan Lewis discusses this epitome of romantic program music with conductor Michael Tilson Thomas.

Explore an interactive feature about the Berlioz's work here.

This Sunday afternoon it's a concert from last December at Verizon Hall, with guest conductor Michael Tilson Thomas  and pianist Hélène Grimaud in a performance with The Philadelphia Orchestra featuring the Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1, and the Symphonie fantastique of Hector Berlioz. The concert had been performed only days earlier at Carnegie Hall in New York City, and the reviews were sensational.

January 28, 1936: The Publication in Pravda of the Article "Chaos Instead of Music."  This article signaled Stalin’s displeasure with Shostakovich’s opera Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk and led to the composer’s “redemption” in his Symphony No. 5.  This program will explore Shostakovich and the sometimes mutually beneficial, sometimes terrifying, relationship between music and the totalitarian state. Suzanne Vega and Michael Tilson Thomas host. Sunday, July 28, 5 to 6 pm.

It was April 7, 18o5: Beethoven turned the music world on its ear at the premiere of what - up until that time - was the longest, most complicated symphonic work ever composed. His 3rd symphony, the Eroica, changed our idea of what music could express. 

Instead of classical form and rarified beauty, the symphony laid out the full range of human feelings and emotions. The first public performance of Beethoven's Eroica is the theme for this Sunday's show. March 24, 4 to 5 pm.

The San Francisco Symphony’s radio project, The Keeping Score Series: 13 Days When Music Changed Forever, is about musical revolutions—about the composers, compositions, and musical movements that changed the way people heard, or thought about, music. Each program explores the historical backdrop and the musical precursors to the revolutionary change, as well as the lasting influence of that moment in music history.

This week's program: October 29, 1787:  The Premiere of Don Giovanni in Prague
With this work, Mozart attains his maturity and writes a masterpiece that dominates opera forever, echoing in Wagner and beyond. Suzanne Vega is host. Sunday, February 10, 5 to 6 pm.

Jim Cotter speaks with Fiach Mac Conghail, artistic director of Dublin's Abbey Theatre - the national theater of Ireland. Philadelphia's Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts presents the Abbey Theatre production of Mark O'Rowe's Terminus from February 16 to 20, 2011, as part of the Philadelphia Irish Theatre Festival.

David Patrick Stearns profiles Michael Tilson Thomas as the veteran conductor leads the Philadelphia Orchestra in a series of concerts.

Tom Keels looks at efforts to secure a future for the venerable ocean liner the SS United States.

Maestro Michael Tilson Thomas

Mar 20, 2010

Join Jill Pasternak for a conversation with Michael Tilson Thomas, music director of the San Francisco Symphony.

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