Wishing a very happy birthday to our founder and first music director Theodore Thomas on the occasion of his 181st birthday!

“To see Thomas lead is music itself. His baton is alive, full of grace, of symmetry; he maketh no gestures, he readeth his score almost without looking at it, he seeth everybody, heareth everything, warneth every man, encourageth every instrument, quietly, firmly, marvellously. Not the slightest shade of nonsense, not the faintest spark of affectation, not the minutest grain of effect is in him. He taketh the orchestra in his hand as if it were a pen and writeth with it.”

Sidney Lanier, American poet, musician, and academic

Happy birthday, Maestro!