Keeping Score

by Brian H.

San Francisco Symphony and MTT

The inner orchestra nerd is coming out in me for this BiblioFiles post. I have a favorite American symphony orchestra that I want share with you, The San Francisco Symphony. This orchestra is currently led by a favorite conductor of mine too, Michael Tilson Thomas (aka MTT). So as they say two birds with one blog post…I mean stone. The orchestra has been in existence for over 100 years, celebrating their centennial year in 2011. MTT is only the second American born conductor to lead this orchestra. He started his tenure with the group in 1985.

A hallmark of MTT’s tenure with the San Francisco Symphony is the work they have done to help audiences young and old learn about orchestra music, composers and performers. This work culminates in these educational DVDs, Keeping Score, available for rent from Spotify, YouTube, Amazon or iTunes.

Here are three trailers to pique your interest.




I created this list San Francisco symphony recordings from the catalog.

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4 responses to “Keeping Score”

  1. moochigeh says:

    I love this post! I think I’m an orchestra nerd too, although one without any experience (or talent!), just a wannabe. I loved watching the DVD, “Music from the Inside Out,” (DVD-ED 780 MUS869) which follows the members of the Philadephia Orchestra as they practice, talk about their love of music, and what it’s like to be a professional musician. Thank you for this blog post!

  2. Michael Tilson Thomas is a Buffalo boy, where I was born. Before he was famous he used to come over to our house for dinner every now and then. I can attest to the fact that he is as nice in person as he is talented.

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