Don’t be fooled into thinking that South Beach is only about sand and sun and partying. Just two blocks north of the Hall is the New World Center, home base of the New World Symphony, an orchestra founded to give a final layer of polish to newly minted musicians, fresh from the conservatory. This institution has more than a whiff of West Coast about it, given that its artistic director is Michael Tilson Thomas, leader of the esteemed San Francisco Symphony, and its glossy building (new in 2011) was designed by L.A.’s Frank Gehry. But the Miami vibe percolates through the programming: along with this month’s Emanuel Ax visit (on March 4 and 5, the pianist plays Bartok and Beethoven), the schedule includes open-air films (anything from Rent to Rififi to Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation), concerts simulcast on the side of the Center, and a monthly yoga class out front, in SoundScape Park (And all these outdoor events are free!)
New World Symphony’s world premiere of Polaris at New World Center – photo by Rui Dias-Aidos
New World Symphony WALLCAST concert at New World Center – photo by WorldRedEye
Michael Tilson Thomas conducts ‘The Seasons’ in the New World Symphony’s John Cage festival – photo by Rui Dias.
New World Center concert hall – photo by Rui Dias-Aidos (REDAV)
Featured image courtesy of Pascal Depuhl