Michael Tilson Thomas is told not to fly

Michael Tilson Thomas is told not to fly


norman lebrecht

September 15, 2023

From South Florida Classical Review:

Michael Tilson Thomas has cancelled his September 30 New World Symphony appearance. The orchestra’s artistic director laureate, who was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2022, has been advised not to travel by his doctor.


  • Maximilian Syracuse says:

    Bad omen, this was the same cancellation reason that Bramwell Tovey gave before passing..

  • Fran M says:

    So many wonderful Tanglewood memories

  • SueSonataForm says:

    Thoughts with MTT; he is on a roller-coaster ride which has one destination. Strength and love.

  • John Kelly says:

    Rooting for you MTT……………

  • Thomas LaRusso says:

    Time for the farewell symphony Mike

  • AstoriaCub says:

    Sad news. Glioblastoma is relentless.

  • Mark Emanuele says:

    I feel for him. I just was diagnosed with Cancer myself, and it has turned my life upside down. I was scheduled to conduct in Germany during December, which I will now have to cancel.

    MTT, you are in my prayers.

  • Rob says:

    Last post on his instagram was 17 June 2023. If I was MTT I would ignore the doctors and go out with a bang.

  • Marc Forman says:

    Hope and love for MTT

  • Dixie says:

    Here we go again! Well-wishers getting thumbs-down! Humanity, where have you gone? Please come out of hiding!!!!

  • Janos Gereben says:

    An encouraging sign is that MTT has kept his October schedule with the San Francisco Symphony.

  • Gian Marco says:

    All may best wishes my dearest Michael

  • SnoopDahwg21 says:

    Thank you for PMF 2009 Mahler 5. Warmest wishes to MTT!

  • Jim says:

    So many great memories of this great musician.

  • Roger says:

    Very disappointing and sad!
    The maestro has given the gift of music to the world and we are very thankful! All the best!

  • Julia K Birdsong says:

    MTT… can stay here on the West Coast…he is outstanding as our former Conductor at S F Symphony!! We love him!!

  • Raquel Herrera says:

    My thoughts & prayers are with you, Mr. Thomas. You are truly an inspiration. Love, Raquel

  • George says:

    MTT has had an amazing life that few have experienced, filled with love, laughter and joy. To have one’s life overflowing with the love of music is to be in the realm of gods!

  • Robert Holmén says:

    I’m impressed that he’s still here.

  • Patty. Miami, Florida says:

    Prayers for Healing For our
    Wonderful MTT. I have a ticket for Sept.30th concert. He will be Missed. Shanah Tova

  • Patrick Hamilton says:

    As a teenager, I wore out his Gershwin Overtures album with Buffalo Philharmonic. He’s a giant and always will be.

  • leQuita says:

    Danke fur die Musik

  • Rupert Kinsella says:

    Is the travel advisory potentially temporary?

    If not, I hope MTT will be conducting on the west coast for as long as possible.

  • Unvaccinated says:

    Is is possible to survive glioblastoma, may lose some use of your body depending where the tumour is. Need a very good neurosurgeon.

    • Save the MET says:

      He’s well looked after with the best possible team. Unfortunately, he has glioblastoma multiforma, the worst kind and we are fortunate he has survived as long as he has. Airplanes apply altitude pressure which is dangerous for someone with a brain tumor. Fingers crossed, he will perform in SF end of next month.