Thursday, March 03, 2005

MTT's ideas

Earlier this week, the SF Symphony's held a press event to announcement the new season. During the question and answer section, Charles Armirkhanian, the artistic director of the Other Minds festival, nearly stumped Michael Tilson Thomas on the podium, when Armirkhanian noted the lack of non-minority contemporary composers in the SF Symphony's 2005/06 season. "Is it even a concern in your mind," asked Chuck.

MTT, usually a compelling public speaker, seemed to be at a loss for words at first. After what seemed like a small eternity, the maestro redeemed himself by saying "I usually work with composers on the level of ideas, rather than agendas," or words to that effect.

© 2005 C. Chang

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