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Keeping Score: MTT on Music is a major initiative of the San Francisco Symphony aimed at offering audiences of today a connection to classical music and the powerful emotions it conveys. Anchored by a television series which recently premiered on PBS' Great Performances, the project encompasses the Internet, radio, and DVDs, as well as educational and outreach programs throughout the United States.

The 2-part pilot episode is now available on DVD and features an in-depth look at Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4. In Part 1 "The Making of a Performance," Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas (MTT) and members of the San Francisco Symphony (SFS) talk about their passionmusic, how they became involved in it, and how they use their instruments, training, and experience to bring the composer's thoughts and emotions to life. Part 2 is a full length, live concert performance of Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4.

In addition to the PBS show, this DVD also includes:

A narrated graphic history of Tchaikovsky
5.1 surround sound audio with widescreen format presentation
Subtitles in German, French, Spanish, Italian and Chinese

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Our companion Web site provides visitors with an opportunity to explore Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4 and other symphonic works through fun, interactive and engaging activities online.

Here you can:

Play Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4 and follow along with the musical score
Discover the story behind the music, using the Symphony No. 4 as a diary of Tchaikovsky's life, movement by movement, with video narration by MTT
Match symphonic compositions with famous works of art to explore the broader themes of music
Listen to musical excerpts that depict the emotions of everyday life, and gain a greater understanding of the expressive power of classical music
Explore the sections of the orchestra, hear each instrument play and watch video footage of musicians preparing for a concert

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