Keep Quiet, Tilson Thomas is Conducting

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Hope you have your cough drops handy because this week's Showdown features Michael Tilson Thomas conducting the San Francisco Symphony in three  — often quiet — slow movements from Mahler symphonies.

Tilson Thomas was, and continues to be, a hot topic of conversation last week after he threw a handful of lozenges into an audience that was having trouble stifling its coughs. He later told WQXR's Elliott Forrest it was intended to be a good-natured gesture.

You chose the second movement of Mahler's Symphony No. 6 and we played it at noon.