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Michael Tilson Thomas on what he learned from James Brown

Clip: 10/23/2020 | 2m 17s Video has closed captioning.

Michael Tilson Thomas talks about the James Brown song that caused him to pull the car over as a teenager in Los Angeles and how he uses that song to this day when training young conductors.

Aired: 10/23/20

Rating: NR

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