Journalist Steven Winn interviews conductor, pianist and composer Michael Tilson Thomas, discussing Tilson's mentor, legendary composer Leonard Bernstein.
Thomas then sits down with FORA.tv's own Brian Gruber to discuss his connection to Yiddish theater, and explore the historic art form's lasting legacy.
Brian Gruber is Founder and Executive Chairman of FORA.tv.
Gruber has twenty years experience successfully building and marketing media enterprises. As the senior marketing officer for a range of respected media institutions, he has managed billion dollar revenue budgets and large and small marketing teams.
As the first marketing director for C-SPAN, he built its affiliate sales and marketing organization, launching C-SPAN II with the largest subscriber base ever for a cable network at launch. As director of marketing for News Corp's FOXTEL, he helped build the cable television brand in Australia, going from number three to number one in cable subscriptions, brand equity and consumer awareness.
As the head of marketing of the largest urban divisions of 3 top ten cable companies (MSO's), he turned flat or negative subscriber growth into substantial gains. And as president of g/media and Principals.com, he has helped more than twenty new media companies develop brands, marketing strategies, and consumer products.
He also acted as the media adviser and new media producer for the World Affairs Council of Northern California, the nation's most prolific presenter of quality world affairs events.
Michael Tilson Thomas
Michael Tilson Thomas joined the San Francisco Symphony as Music Director thirteen years ago.
Tilson Thomas has been praised for his innovative programming with the symphony. He has received eight Grammy awards for the San Francisco Symphony's recordings of Mahler, Prokofiev and Stravinksy. Among his many honors are Columbia University's Ditson Award for services to American Music, the American Music Center's Letter of Distinction, the President's Award from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences and, in 2005, an induction into the Classical Music Hall of Fame.
Steven Winn is the arts and culture critic of the San Francisco Chronicle, a position he assumed after 22 years as a theater critic at the paper.
His work has appeared in American Theatre, Art News, the New York Times, Sports Illustrated and various other publications.