The San Francisco Symphony announced today that Michael Tilson Thomas underwent a successful emergency operation for a brain tumor at UC San Francisco Medical Center and is continuing therapy and exploring “all possible” treatment options.
On Twitter, the orchestra’s beloved former music director said, “I am very fortunate to be cared for by the excellent team at UCSF and their national and international collaborators. Thank you for your love and prayers. See you soon!”
While MTT, 76, won’t perform in October as scheduled with the National Symphony Orchestra for the Kennedy Center’s 50th Anniversary, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and New World Symphony in Miami, where he is artistic director, he is slated to return to Davies Symphony Hall in The City.
The San Francisco Symphony’s online calendar shows him conducting Mozart’s Three German Dances, Schumann’s Symphony No. 1 and his own composition “Notturno” on Nov. 12-14, and the premieres of William Grant Still’s “Patterns,” Timothy Higgins’ Trombone Concerto with Higgins’ soloing; and Copland’s “Appalachian Spring” on Nov. 18-20.
The conductor laureate served as music director in The City from 1995-2020, his post concluding without extensive in-person festivities due to the pandemic.