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Conductor Michael Tilson Thomas, manager Joshua Robison wed in San Francisco

Joshua Robison and Michael Tilson Thomas, in a photo taken by Robison’s sister, Deborah.
Joshua Robison and Michael Tilson Thomas, in a photo taken by Robison’s sister, Deborah. Via Facebook

Michael Tilson Thomas will lead the San Francisco Symphony 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, at the Adrienne Arsht Center in Miami. The New York Times has described the MTT-SFS pairing as “one of the world’s happiest marriages between orchestra and conductor.”

Perhaps, but not as newsworthy as the marriage between Thomas, 70 on Dec. 22, and longtime partner and manager Joshua Robison, 68, who wed Nov. 2 in San Francisco. Click here to read more in the San Francisco Chronicle.

Thomas, also artistic director of the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, and Robison have been together 38 years, according to the Chronicle.

Here is an Arsht Center news release about Thomas’ upcoming appearance in Miami:

The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County proudly presents the SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY conducted by its beloved Music Director MICHAEL TILSON THOMAS featuring the superstar violinist GIL SHAHAM as the opening concert of its 2014-2015 Knight MASTERWORKS SEASON - CLASSICAL MUSIC SERIES on November 22, 2014. This concert marks the first time MICHAEL TILSON THOMAS, whose Miami-based New World Symphony is one of our city’s finest cultural gems, performs with SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY in Miami since their first season together in 1996. The concert features music from three centuries: Franz Liszt’s fiendishly romantic Mephisto Waltz No 2; Sergei Prokofiev’s heartbreaking Violin Concerto No. 2 played by GIL SHAHAM; and Samuel Adams’ haunting 2012 Drift and Providence for large orchestra, percussion and electronics. The evening closes with Ravel’s seductive Daphnis and Chloé.

Tickets range from $50 to $130* and may be purchased through the Adrienne Arsht Center box office by calling (305) 949-6722, or online at

This SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY concert is presented with the support of The Meidar and Alfi Family Foundation.

Now in its second century, the SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY is widely considered to be among the world’s most exciting and innovative arts institutions. It was established in the wake of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and gave its first concert in 1911, immediately revitalizing the city’s cultural life. MICHAEL TILSON THOMAS became its Music Director in 1995 and now presents more than 200 concerts annually to an audience of 600,000 in its home in San Francisco as well as through its multifaceted educational and community programs, and its national and international tours. GIL SHAHAM, winner of the Avery Fisher Prize, is one of the foremost violinists of our time and has been widely praised for his combination of flawless technique with a warmth and generosity of spirit that signal his legacy as an American master.

MICHAEL TILSON THOMAS (MTT) made his debut with the SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONYin 1974 at the age of 29, and he became the orchestra’s Music Director in 1995. He has been universally praised for enhancing the orchestral concert experience with innovative multimedia stagings, as well as for showcasing the works of American composers. His growing catalogue of recordings so far includes 11 Grammys. In 1987, he founded the New World Symphony in Miami as a national training program for the most gifted graduates of America’s conservatories. MTT has received many honors including the National Medal of Arts, the highest award given to artists by the United States government.

MICHAEL TILSON THOMAS has been a pillar of South Florida’s music scene for one quarter of a century, so we are especially excited to welcome him at the opening of our 2014-2015 Knight Masterworks Season with his SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY, an orchestra the dynamic American maestro over his tenure has shaped into one of the major musical forces in the world today,” said M. John Richard, President and CEO of the Adrienne Arsht Center. “With this orchestra and conductor, we are building on what is now a thrilling and growing cultural tradition in Miami. This concert by the SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY reaffirms the Arsht Center’s commitment to presenting the very best in classical music throughout the season in our acoustically superb Knight Concert Hall.”


A free pre-concert lecture will be held in the Arsht Center’s Peacock Foundation Education Center (inside the Knight Concert Hall) at 7:00 p.m. prior to every concert in the series. Dr. Octavio Roca, a professor of philosophy at Miami Dade College and former arts critic for The Washington Post, The Washington Times, and the San Francisco Chronicle, will be leading the lecture.


As part of its ongoing mission to make the arts accessible to young people, the Arsht Center has introduced the Arsht Student Access Program, a new FREE ticket initiative that offers local youth the opportunity to experience live classical music in the Knight Concert Hall. The Center will provide a complimentary ticket to anyone between the ages of eight and 18 with the purchase of a subscription or full-priced single ticket by an adult guardian (restrictions may apply). Details are available at or by contacting the Arsht Center Box Office.

The Knight Masterworks Season is sponsored by Knight Foundation with support from Encore Circle members and Steinway Piano Gallery of Miami.