Michael Tilson Thomas and John Adams in The Greene Space

San Francisco Symphony Music Director Discusses 'American Mavericks' in The Greene Space

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

On Monday, March 26 at 7 pm, Q2 Music celebrates America’s great iconoclastic composers when San Francisco Symphony music director Michael Tilson Thomas brings his “American Mavericks” tour to New York.

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In advance of their Carnegie Hall concerts, composers John Adams and Meredith Monk, the St. Lawrence String Quartet, pianist Jeremy Denk and other guests join Tilson Thomas for an evening of performance and conversation around the music of Charles Ives, John Adams and other maverick composers. WQXR’s David Garland and Q2 Music’s Nadia Sirota host.

Tilson Thomas's appearance in The Greene Space comes during a four-city tour by the San Francisco Symphony, which focuses on "American Mavericks," the orchestra's ongoing multimedia initiative that started in 2000 with an acclaimed summer festival and later evolved into a public radio series and Web site. Composers covered in the series include John Cage, Steve Reich, Edgard Varèse, Terry Riley, Meredith Monk, John Adams and others. The series has raised questions about what -- and who -- exactly defines the maverick spirit in American music throughout history.

Michael Tilson Thomas became Music Director of the San Francisco Symphony in September 1995; he's received numerous accolades including 10 Grammy Awards, a Peabody for Radio Programming in 2008 for The MTT Files (a co-production with American Public Media), and in 2010, a National Medal of the Arts from President Obama.

 

 

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David Garland and Nadia Sirota

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