Music is difficult to put into words, but keynotes by Michael Tilson Thomas do well to articulate this ephemeral medium. As the Artistic Director of the New World Symphony Orchestra and the Director of the San Francisco Symphony, Thomas has an obvious advantage in this regard.
Born in Los Angeles, California in 1944, Thomas would grow up to study piano and composition at the University of Southern California. His musical pedigree runs deeper than formal study though. His father, Ted Thomas, was a Broadway stage manager and both of his paternal grandparents, Boris and Bessie Thomashefsky, were notable figures in Yiddish theater.
Professionally, Thomas is well respected for his interpretation of Gustav Mahlers pieces. He has also dedicated much of his life to music education and, as such, keynotes by Michael Tilson Thomas illustrate the ongoing and historical development of music as language; a language to which people have an immediate, natural and visceral connection.