Michael Tilson Thomas to take three-month hiatus for heart surgery

Posted on: June 5, 2019

“San Francisco Symphony music director Michael Tilson Thomas has withdrawn from all of his scheduled engagements from June 17 to September 3, 2019, in order to undergo cardiac surgery,” writes Georgia Rowe in Tuesday’s (6/4) Mercury-News (San Jose, Calif.). “The procedure will take place in Cleveland, shortly after Tilson Thomas’ performances of Mahler’s Symphony No. 9, June 13-16…. In addition to his San Francisco Symphony performances, the surgery will require Tilson Thomas to withdraw from concerts in July at Music Academy of the West…. Said Tilson Thomas, ‘On the advice of my doctors, I need to undergo this procedure at this time in continuation of treatment for a heart condition I have managed for many years. I expect to make a full recovery.’ … Today’s announcement included conductors named as replacements for the S.F. Symphony concerts … Joshua Gersen will conduct the program of June 20-22 in Davies Hall…. Martyn Brabbins will conduct … on June 27, 29, and 30 in Davies Hall. … Gemma New will make her S.F. Symphony debut on July 10 at Stanford University’s Frost Amphitheater, in the inaugural concert of the Symphony’s new summer series at the renovated outdoor venue.”

Posted June 5, 2019