The New World Symphony and the New World Center
In 2013, the New World Symphony (NWS) celebrates its 25 year anniversary. The NWS was founded by and thrives under the brilliant leadership of Michael TilsonThomas, or “MTT”. Tilson Thomas not only conducts the NWS, he is also the musical director of the San Francisco Symphony, and principal guest conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra. He has received ten Grammy awards.
The symphony was created in 1987 as an orchestral academy for young musicians to develop and challenge top young talent in classical music, by providing them a unique forum to learn, grow and perform. Each year, thirty three-year fellowships are awarded to graduates of leading universities and music schools. The orchestra performs approximately seventy concerts a year.
Moving a few blocks away to Collins Avenue from its original home on Lincoln Road, the NWS now practices, prepares and performs in the New World Center, which opened with much celebration in January, 2011. This venue is a testament to the international interest and attention as an important metropolitan area. Designed by star-chitect Frank Gehry with total vision to the future and incorporating extremely cutting-edge technology, the programming at the New World Center includes not only the performances of the NWS, but also a blend of cultural programs. Performances are often preceded by an introduction from one or some of the musicians, or someone connected to the performance. The venue is designed to delight the senses, with an infusion of visual components in the theater and outside with simulcast. In conjunction with the City of Miami Beach, the WALLCAST™ SoundScape events (also presenting film, theater and dance performances) feature a striking use of visual and audio technology on a soaring, 7,000-square-foot projection wall. WALLCAST™ events are free and do not require a ticket.
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