The “New” New World Center… Twenty-five Years in the Making,
Celebrates its First Year Anniversary
Excerpts from article published in the Miami Beach News 2/9/12 by Judy Holm
“What I hope is that the intensity of this experience will stick with people, that it will inspire all they encounter in life.” Michael Tilson Thomas
The New World Center, which debuted on January 25, 2011, marks the centerpiece jewel of performing arts for Miami Beach. The elegant and dramatic Gehry-designed concert hall is a most suitable home to the spectacular vision of modern performances created under the brilliant direction of its mastermind and highly- awarded conductor and artistic director, Michael Tilson Thomas. In addition to conducting the New World Symphony (NWS) orchestra, and his dedication to helping young artists hone their talent, Tilson Thomas has earned ten Grammy Awards, is the musical director of the San Francisco Symphony, and principal guest conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra.
Some years ago, I had the immense pleasure of listening to Mr. Tilson Thomas play the piano in his studio loft on Lincoln Road- above the former home of the NWS. That evening is one of the highlights of my life, in the close and intimate setting, transported by the music, in the presence of this great man. His vision and talents are simply remarkable. His contributions to the future of classical music are inestimable.
The NWS, now housed in the New World Center, was created by Tilson Thomas in 1987 as an orchestral academy for young musicians. The NWS provides a prestigious and rare opportunity for highly talented young musicians to fast-track their careers. Each year, they provide thirty three-year fellowships to graduates of leading universities and music schools. The orchestra performs approximately seventy concerts a year.
The launching of the new Center last year has more firmly placed Miami Beach on the map as a cultural destination. The range and depth of programs, with the savvy means of appealing to people of all ages and demographics, is the hallmark of a cultural institution that plays the most important role imaginable of creating a future audience for classical music, and other forms of performing arts, for generations to come.
The programming ranges from traditional, to new world, new age, with amazing audio-visual layers that utterly delight the senses. Performances are often accompanied by preview lectures given by visiting guests and by the young and uber-talented musicians alike, rendering the performances more vivid and personal.
Music performed by the NWS comes alive, presenting the audiences classical performances in a modern and memorable format.
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