The San Francisco Symphony will conclude its 25-day online tribute to outgoing Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas with a star-studded virtual bash on Sunday, which will be live-streamed at the Symphony’s YouTube channel.
“MTT25: An Online Tribute Event for Michael Tilson Thomas” will include a pre-recorded performance, pre-recorded guest tributes from the likes of Metallica’s Lars Ulrich and famed singer-songwriter Bonnie Raitt, and it will be hosted by Tony-Award winning singer-actress Audra McDonald and famed opera vocalist Susan Graham.
The hourlong performance, which will begin at 5 p.m., will take place on the day that would have been Michael Tilson Thomas’ final concert as music director of the orchestra, a scheduled performance of Mahler’s “Symphony No. 8, Symphony of a Thousand.”
Other guests that have pre-recorded tributes include cellist Yo-Yo Ma and opera vocalists Renée Fleming, Julia Bullock and Measha Brueggergosman. Other surprises were promised.
The San Francisco Symphony’s 25-day online series marked each year of Michael Tilson Thomas’ tenure and featured original and archival content that highlighted his achievements, milestones and artistic projects. To see each day’s programming and to subscribe to updates about the June 28 event, visit the symphony’s website.