Michael S. Markowitz

A Famed Composer Plumbs His Second Avenue Roots

Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall is a long way from Second Avenue, yet there is a potent link, both spiritual and intellectual, between the home of the San Francisco Symphony and the Manhattan street where Yiddish theater first flourished in America. Michael Tilson Thomas, music director of the SFS and the man largely responsible for its

A Polymath Adds to His Profile

Leon Botstein doesn’t look the part of a jet-setting international orchestra conductor. Dressed in a baggy black suit for an appearance last month at the helm of his American Symphony Orchestra, the bespectacled, balding 55-year-old seemed more like a frumpy professor than someone whose resume includes guest stints with important orchestras on