Michael Tilson Thomas is an American conductor, pianist and composer, he is currently music director of the San Francisco Symphony and artistic director of the New World Symphony.
This weekend Tilson Thomas will receive the Kennedy Center Lifetime Artistic Achievement award. He spoke with Terry Gross in 1995 and 2012 about his work and growing up in the theater. Also we remember Mary Previte, who worked for 30 years with teenagers in detention in Camden, NJ where the center she ran became a model for others across the country. "We took terror out of their lives," she says, "When boys and girls come in, one of the first messages the officers will say is, 'We will not let you hurt somebody while you're here, and we will not let anyone hurt you.'" Previte died last month at the age of 87.
We experience powerful emotions all of the time, but what are they exactly? Where do they come from? This hour, TED speakers invoke history, language, science and music to help us think about the way we feel. Guests include writer John Koenig, cultural historian Tiffany Watt Smith, psychologist Lisa Feldman Barrett, developmental researcher Kang Lee, and conductor Michael Tilson Thomas.
Conductor Michael Tilson Thomas discusses his dual career as conductor and educator. [30:49]
Michael Tilson Thomas shares stories on how he has explored new possibilities for orchestras and audiences at the New World Symphony in Miami, and expanded on those concepts in San Francisco and beyond.
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Dec 21st, 1944
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2 hours, 16 minutes
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