Presidential Lecture Series featuring Michael Tilson Thomas
Tuesday, November 27, 2012 from 07:30 PM to 10:30 PM
Thomas is a 10-time Grammy Award winner and a 2008 Peabody Award winner. In 2010, President Barack Obama awarded him the National Medal of Arts, the highest award given to artists by the U.S. government.
Michael Tilson Thomas
November 27, 2012, 7:30 p.m., Lorton Performance Center
A third-generation artist, Michael Tilson Thomas is a world-renowned musician, music director and conductor. He currently serves as music director of the San Francisco Symphony, founder and artistic director of the New World Symphony and principal guest conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra.
Before beginning his professional career, Thomas studied piano with John Crown at the University of Southern California. At age 19, he was named music director of the Young Musicians Foundation Debut Orchestra.
Thomas began his career with the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 1969 as assistant conductor and was later appointed the orchestra's principal guest conductor. From the early 1970s, to mid-1980s, Thomas served as music director of the Buffalo Philharmonic and principal guest conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He also made several guest conducting appearances at major orchestras throughout Europe and the United States.
Thomas' television work includes a series with the London Symphony Orchestra for the BBC and numerous productions on PBS Great Performances. He has recorded more than 120 CDs of works by composers such as Bach, Beethoven and Stravinsky while also pioneering new sounds from music written by Charles Ives and Carl Ruggles.
The musician's 15-year tenure as music director of the San Francisco Symphony has garnered him international press, and he has been profiled on the CBS show 60 Minutes and ABC's Nightline. Thomas is a 10-time Grammy Award winner and a 2008 Peabody Award winner. In 2010, President Barack Obama awarded him the National Medal of Arts, the highest award given to artists by the U.S. government.