"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."
"Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none."Michael Tilson Thomas on William Shakespeare
"For every good reason there is to lie, there is a better reason to tell the truth."Michael Tilson Thomas on Bo Bennett
"The trust of the innocent is the liar's most useful tool."Michael Tilson Thomas on Stephen King
"Learning to trust is one of life's most difficult tasks."Michael Tilson Thomas on Isaac Watts
"Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement."Michael Tilson Thomas on Golda Meir
"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."
"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."
"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."