A Yiddish tribute. What's not to like?
To say that Michael Tilson Thomas, the celebrated conductor and music director of the San Francisco Symphony, comes from a Yiddish theater family is like saying Caroline Kennedy has a background in politics. That's not the half of it.
Though you wouldn't guess it from his patrician-sounding name, which obscures it as deftly as Joseph Conrad hid Jozef Korzeniowski, Tilson Thomas is the grandson of Boris and Bessie Thomashefsky, the patriarch and matriarch of American Yiddish theater, figures of towering talent and ambition with ego and temperament to match.