GIL SHAHAM To Perform BERG Violin Concerto

Program Also To Include

CRAWFORD SEEGER Andante for Strings

BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 3, Eroica

Alice Tully Hall, November 4, 5, and 7


Conductor Michael Tilson Thomas leads the New York Philharmonic in works by Crawford Seeger, Berg, and Beethoven, November 4, 5, and 7, 2021, at Alice Tully Hall. These performances mark Tilson Thomas’s first conducting appearances since undergoing brain surgery in July 2021. Tilson Thomas, who served as Music Director of the Philharmonic’s Young People’s Concerts from 1973 to 1977, last conducted the Orchestra in 2011. He said:

“Through these past difficult months, my love and appreciation of music has remained undiminished. The thought of sharing it with New York audiences gives me great joy.”

Tilson Thomas is joined in these concerts by frequent collaborator Gil Shaham, who performs as soloist in Berg’s Violin Concerto. In 1989 Tilson Thomas conducted Shaham’s breakthrough performances with the London Symphony Orchestra, in which the violinist replaced Itzhak Perlman. The two have bonded over and explored many works together throughout the years, including Berg’s Violin Concerto, which Tilson Thomas strongly encouraged the young Shaham to integrate into his repertoire. Their latest collaboration, a recording of this concerto with the San Francisco Symphony, was released by the SFS Media label in February 2021 [see below].

The upcoming Philharmonic concerts also feature Tilson Thomas conducting the Andante for Strings by Ruth Crawford Seeger, whose music he has championed since the 1970s, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3, Eroica.

This program is the first on the Philharmonic’s 2021–22 season with an intermission.


Michael Tilson ThomasGil ShahamNew York Philharmonic

Health and Safety Protocols

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San Francisco Symphony – Michael Tilson Thomas records Alban Berg with Gil Shaham and Susanna Phillips for SFS Media.