20 Months Later, Michael Tilson Thomas Returns to Davies

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Michael Tilson Thomas surveys the crowd before introducing the premiere of SoundBox in 2014.  (Gabe Meline/KQED)

An entire farewell tour had been planned for Michael Tilson Thomas' 25th and final season as music director for the San Francisco Symphony, but COVID had other plans. Now, Tilson Thomas returns to the podium at Davies Symphony Hall for the first time since conducting his final piece as music director there, Mahler's Symphony No. 6, on a very trepidatious March night in 2020 as the coronavirus began shutting down the city. This November, along with Schumann's Symphony No. 1 and the short, rarely played Three German Dances by Mozart, the program includes Tilson Thomas' own Notturno, with Demarre McGill on flute.

The San Francisco Symphony performs Friday–Sunday, Nov. 12–14, at Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco. Details here.