Photo courtesy of NWS
The renowned New World Symphony (NWS), with Michael Tilson Thomas as the artistic director, is housed in the new Frank Gehry--designed New World Center. The venue resembles a geode inside, with... Read More
The renowned New World Symphony (NWS), with Michael Tilson Thomas as the artistic director, is housed in the new Frank Gehry--designed New World Center. The venue resembles a geode inside, with sail-like convex panels overhead. A box-like exterior has latticed glass windows and a huge projection wall.
NWS is America's only fulltime, post-graduate orchestral campus and laboratory. The acoustics in the semicircular concert hall are alarmingly effective, and the 756 seats are comfortable. On nights the symphony plays (it season runs September through May) concerts can be heard and seen outside via sound speakers and video projections. People bring blankets, folding chairs, picnics and bottles of wine (it is allowed) and sit back and enjoy the show in the urban SoundScape Park.
Also during the season, the symphony hosts a series of 30-minute concerts for $2.50 a pop. Aimed at Generation Z, the series hopes to spark youngsters' interest in classical music without having to sit through an entire show. In the age of Bieber Fever and Lady Gaga, NWS makes classical music free, cool and accessible.
- Romantic Things to Do: "Check their website for news on upcoming events, including their outdoor WallCasts."
- Holiday Attractions: "The New World Symphony and its WALLCAST initiative are among Miami's premier cultural gems, so arrive early to find a preferred lawn spot. Also, bring an umbrella in the event of a few sprinkles."
- Best for Romantic Things to Do Because: Impress your date with tickets to a fantastic live show here, or alternately have a romantic picnic and watch the show on the walls outside.
- Best for Holiday Attractions Because: The "Sights and Sounds of the Season" event on Friday, December 18 at 7:30 p.m. is a festive concert that'll surely boost your holiday spirit.