NEW WORLD CENTER
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New World Center
The New World Symphony, America's Orchestral Academy, was established in 1987 founded under the artistic direction of Michael Tilson Thomas, a conductor, composer, educator and pianist. He is Music Director of the San Francisco Symphony; and Principal Guest Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra. This unique educational environment prepares gifted graduates of distinguished music programs for leadership positions in orchestras and ensembles around the world. It's an intensive, three-year fellowship program which offers a wide range of performance and educational opportunities. At the same time it offers a full season of concerts from October to May. Performances include full-orchestra concerts, a chamber music series, a new music series, small ensemble concerts, a family series, mini-concerts, club concerts, and special festivals and recitals, all at very accessible prices.
In 2011 the academy moved from the charming but small Art-Deco Lincoln Theatre on Lincoln Road to their new campus, the New World Center. Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Frank Gehry, New World Center features numerous spaces for performance and presentation; a flexible and variable seating performance hall, and a 7,000 square foot projection wall on which concerts, video art and films are shown free-of-charge to audiences in Soundscape, a 2.5 acre public park, designed by Dutch architectural firm West 8.
Conceived as a laboratory for the way music is taught, performed and experienced, New World Center was built around the program of the New World Symphony. 24 individual rehearsal rooms, four ensemble rooms and three percussion rooms - all wired for audio/video recording and Internet2 capability, serve the academy’s 86 Fellows, The main performance hall has a capacity of 756 guests where the audience is clustered in terraces all around the stage.
Although the exterior seems rather plain, it is in fact a simple, box-like stucco building, it has been designed to blend in with the local architecture. An 80-foot-tall glass curtain wall covers half the facade, white panels the rest. Nevertheless, it's all Ghery. Inside you will see strange shapes: stacks of what look like giant white blocks bulging and listing. There is a beduin style curtain behind the stage covering the north wall opening.
Below white walls and ceilings, the stage is yellow Alaskan cedar, the floor elsewhere oak. Overhead, big convex acoustical reflectors suggest you’re looking into an enormous white flower. The whole roomy stage, with motorized risers, can be flattened to audience-floor level. The front section of audience seating can be retracted to expand the floor for dinners, receptions, even dancing.
Outside in the Soundscape Park, concerts can be projected in high-quality video with perfect sound on the building’s facade. Otherwise, kaleidoscopic video art by Tal Rosner and C.E.B. Reas animates the wall.
In-person docent-led tours of the New World Center are offered regularly. Docent-led tours are the perfect way to experience Frank Gehry’s only Florida commission, a cornerstone of artistic activity at the intersection of architecture and music. Tours are limited to the first 20 patrons for $5 per person, and reservations are suggested. All tours begin in the atrium, and last approximately 30-45 minutes. Walk-ups will only be accepted if there are less than 20 patrons registered for the tour.
Tour dates and times subject to change.
To make reservations for an upcoming tour, please e-mail your name and the number of people in your party to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note, sending a tour request does not ensure availablity. You will receive an e-mail confirming your participation.
Theatre parking building, enter from Lincoln Lane at Pennsylvania Avenue. Convention Centre Parking Building, enter from 17th. Street. US$ 1.00 per hour. US$ 15.00 flat rate for events.
South Beach Local (123)
C (103) From 41st. Street, Miami Beach via Collins Avenue and 5th Avenue via Washington. Originates in Downtown Miami. Every 20 mins.
S (119) From Miami Downtown via Alton Road, Lincoln Road and Collins Ave. and all points north to Sunny Isles Beach. Every 15 mins.
Alight at the corner of Lincoln and Washington
Address and Contacts
500 17th Street, Miami Beach, FL 33139
T: 305-673-3330 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 305-673-3330 end_of_the_skype_highlighting or 800-597-3331 F: 305-673-6749 URL: www.nws.edu/ContactUs.aspx
Link to New World Center
New World Center exterior
New World Center Concert Hall
New World Center Ghery interior
New World Center view over Soundscape Park from the Roof Garden