Tchaikovsky's last masterpiece
Noted conductor Michael Tilson Thomas brings a fresh new outlook to Tchaikovsky's last masterpiece. First performed only nine days before his death, Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 6 has often been dubbed as the great composer's suicide note. With its lugubrious ending, critics have suggested that the music predicted Tchaikovsky's very own demise. Tilson Thomas explores the marriage of hope and devastation that is present in this piece in a night that is sure to be thrilling and deeply introspective.
Four Preludes on Playthings of the Wind
The evening will also open with Michael Tilson Thomas conducting his own work, Four Preludes on Playthings of the Wind. In a uniquely theatrical style Tilson Thomas' thought-provoking piece features a jazz band, lead singer, and two back-up vocalists in this special performance which is inspired by American Poet Carl Sandburg.