Michael Tilson Thomas on target for performance return, following July surgery

Posted on: October 27, 2021

“Michael Tilson Thomas, who three months ago had surgery at UCSF Medical Center to remove a brain tumor, is scheduled to return to leading orchestras in a few weeks, according to his website,” writes Janos Gereben in Monday’s (10/25) San Francisco Classical Voice. “During his recovery, he had to cancel engagements with the National Symphony Orchestra for the Kennedy Center’s 50th anniversary, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the New World Symphony, and the Chicago Symphony. When he resumes activity, MTT will first lead the New York Philharmonic (Nov. 4–7) and then return to San Francisco (Nov. 12–14), where he is music director laureate, following a 25-year tenure with the SF Symphony. The schedule means flying to New York within a week from now for rehearsals…. His return program with the SF Symphony will include Mozart’s Three German Dances, K.605; his own Notturno, featuring flutist Demarre McGill; and Schumann’s Symphony No. 1. His first public appearance after surgery was on Oct. 10 by recorded video from his SF Bay Area home to his New World Symphony in Miami, at that orchestra’s first live concert in 19 months…. MTT has also been active on social media.”