Haute 100 San Francisco Update: Michael Tilson Thomas

Our Haute 100 list details the accomplishments of the most influential people in each of our markets—MiamiNew YorkLos Angeles, and San Francisco. These people continue to make moves, so rather than waiting for the next Haute 100 issue to come out, we thought we’d provide you with regular updates on those Haute 100 members who are making headlines. Michael Tilson Thomas wowed a ritzy audience at the San Francisco Symphony’s 99th opening-night Gala on Tuesday night, and has a new release coming out on this month.

Michael Tilson Thomas

Category: Thinkers

Company: San Francisco Symphony
Industry: Music

What Makes Him Haute: Thomas is music director of the San Francisco Symphony, founder and artistic director of the New World Symphony and principle guest conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra. Starting in 2004, Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony have embarked on a multi-tiered media project known as Keeping Score, which was designed to make classical music more accessible to a new, and youthful, audience.

What Makes Him Haute Now: The San Francisco Symphony celebrated its 99th opening-night gala at Davies Symphony Hall on Tuesday evening. The great maestro Michael Tilson Thomas led the symphony in front of a packed house at Davies. About 1,400 guests, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Mayor Gavin Newsom and wife Jennifer Newsom, former Mayor Willie Brown, Protocol Chief Charlotte Shultz and husband former Secretary of State George Shultz, and former Symphony President Nancy Bechtle, attended the night’s elegant festivities, complete with pre-concert suppers and post-concert receptions, marveling in the city’s cultural glitz and glamour. Ticket proceeds will benefit the symphony’s Adventure in Music programs, providing music education to more than 75,000 students of the S.F. United School District.

“Songs with Orchestra,” a 65-minute CD of rendered lieder from Thomas and the orchestra on the Symphony’s own SFS Media label comes out on Sept. 14, but is already available through iTunes or by pre-order.