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Aaron Copland Symphony No. 3

Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony, Aaron Copland Symphony No. 3

Aaron Copland Symphony No. 3

Recorded live at Davies Symphony Hall in March 2018, the album features the San Francisco Symphony performing Copland’s Third Symphony, completed in 1946 and described by the composer as an “end-of-war piece—intended to reflect the euphoric spirit of the country at the time.”

Michael Tilson Thomas of Local 47 (Los Angeles, CA) and Local 9-535 (Boston, MA) has championed the music of pioneers of the American sound such as Aaron Copland. Thomas has commented: “What can you say in summation of a man like Aaron Copland? Everything about him marked him as an outsider, and somehow he found a way to be true to himself, his art, and his society.”

San Francisco Symphony musicians are members of Local 6 (San Francisco, CA).

This album will be available for download in high quality, 24-bit/192kHz Studio Master, and for streaming via all major retailers.

MTT to Step Down as San Francisco Symphony MD

San Francisco Symphony Music Director and Conductor Michael Tilson Thomas announced he will step down as music director at the end of the 2019-2020 season. Thomas, who has been credited with propelling the symphony to international recognition, will celebrate his 25th season at the helm and his 75th birthday in December 2019.

As a member of Locals 9-535 (Boston, MA) and 47 (Los Angeles, CA), Thomas has promised to continue in the post of music director laureate, conducting at least four weeks per year and working on special programming projects. He is credited with altering San Francisco Symphony’s performance style, while expanding repertoire to include emphasis on American and contemporary composers, as well as theatrical music. He also promoted music education and outreach, including his multimedia project Keeping Score.