New World Symphony’s 25th Season

October 03, 2012 | by —LIANA LOZADA | Homepage

New World Symphony (NWS) will open its 25th anniversary season with a Russian concert collective this Saturday, October 6 (7:30 p.m.). Michael Tilson Thomas, NWS’s founder and artistic director, will conduct Stravinsky’s “Circus Polka” and Tchaikovsky’s “Fourth Symphony” as Emily Eckstein's digital animation illuminates the venue's projection sails. The grandiose exterior Soundscape WallCast will simultaneously broadcast the concert to outdoor spectators.

As noted in a recent Miami Herald article, NWS has managed to thrive despite an economic downturn that’s folded many of its contemporaries across the country. The key to its success? Adaptability. NWS allows its musicians and traditional constructs to evolve with the contemporary world. Case in point: its young patrons program, Friends of New World Symphony. "We have an incredible lineup of innovative concerts with internationally renowned artists," says Friends of New World Symphony director Nathalie Cadet-James. "Following the concerts, our Symphony After Hours parties will make for some of the best social gatherings in town."

Cadet-James describes the After Hours events as "a hip-hop symphony, reggae, samba, bossa nova, and Latin beats fused with classical music at chic locations.” Toward the end of the season, she’ll put together an ’80s prom night party. This season will also introduce a new Friends Chamber Salon series, promoting interactive food and dance events curated by accomplished New World fellows. 500 17th St., Miami Beach

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