Michael Tilson Thomas recovering from surgery for brain tumor

Fri Aug 06, 2021 at 11:32 am

By Lawrence A. Johnson

Michael Tilson Thomas is recovering from an operation to remove a brain tumor.

Michael Tilson Thomas is recovering from surgery related to a brain tumor, it was announced Friday.

A brief statement from his publicist said that Tilson Thomas was diagnosed with a tumor “that required an immediate operation.” The operation at the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center—presumably recent—was “successful” and the 76-year-old conductor has embarked on an extended course of therapy that necessitates curtailing his public appearances through the end of October. 

That will include his two scheduled weeks with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in late October, in which the popular guest conductor was slated to lead performances of both of Brahms’ Serenades.

“I deeply regret missing projects that I was greatly anticipating,” said Tilson Thomas. “I look forward to seeing everyone again in November.” 

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra will be updating information about Tilson Thomas’s October concerts in the coming weeks.

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