"But if I can be convinced and then through the work that we do together, the orchestra can really be convinced of the big sweep of that communication that the piece suggests, then the audience will get it and it will be a good experience for all of us."
"A man's character may be learned from the adjectives which he habitually uses in conversation."Michael Tilson Thomas on Mark Twain
"Truthful words are not beautiful beautiful words are not truthful. Good words are not persuasive persuasive words are not good."Michael Tilson Thomas on Lao Tzu
"The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place."Michael Tilson Thomas on George Bernard Shaw
"Electric communication will never be a substitute for the face of someone who with their soul encourages another person to be brave and true."Michael Tilson Thomas on Charles Dickens
"I'm a great believer that any tool that enhances communication has profound effects in terms of how people can learn from each other, and how they can achieve the kind of freedoms that they're interested in."Michael Tilson Thomas on Bill Gates
"But those musics do not address the larger kind of architecture in time that classical music does, whatever each one of us knows that classical music must mean."
"They are representations of many shared hours of collaboration between us all. That's the real nature of the relationship the orchestra and I are trying to build."
"The first year I started in San Francisco, there was an American work on every program and there's been a lot of music by living composers and gradually that was part of the process of getting the audience really to trust me."