Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 3 / 18 January 2018

SF Symphony’s Tilson Thomas selected for CA Hall of Fame

by Cynthia Laird

San Francisco Symphony music director Michael Tilson Thomas has been inducted into the California Hall of Fame, Governor Jerry Brown’s office announced Tuesday, November 14.

(SF Symphony music director Michael Tilson Thomas. Photo: Courtesy SF Symphony)

(SF Symphony music director Michael Tilson Thomas. Photo: Courtesy SF Symphony)

Tilson Thomas, a gay man, recently announced that he will step down in 2020, after 25 years with the symphony.

According to the symphony’s website, Tilson Thomas, 72, is currently the longest-tenured music director at any major American orchestra. Tilson Thomas became the symphony’s 11th music director in September 1995.

Tilson Thomas and the orchestra have been praised for innovative programming, enhancing the orchestral concert experience with multimedia and creative staging, showcasing the works of American composers, and attracting new audiences to orchestral music, both at home at Davies Symphony Hall and through the orchestra’s extensive media projects, the website noted.

The California Hall of Fame induction ceremony is scheduled for Tuesday, December 5, at the California Museum in Sacramento.

According to the Sacramento Bee, which broke the news Tuesday, other inductees include: comedian Lucille Ball, former Oakland Raiders and Stanford University quarterback Jim Plunkett, director Steven Spielberg, bioscientist Susan Desmond-Hellmann, Native American artist and activist Mabel McKay, Nobel Prize recipient and atmospheric chemist Mario J. Molina, poet Gary Snyder, and vintner Warren Winiarski.

Tilson Thomas will be the fourth out gay man inducted. There have also been two lesbians, and a woman who had a same-sex relationship but doesn’t identify as LGBT.

This week’s Bay Area Reporter arts section in Thursday’s paper will have more on Tilson Thomas.

— Cynthia Laird, November 14, 2017 @ 3:21 pm PST
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