Music to our Ears

new world symphony

   New World Center, the New World Symphony‘s new state-of-the-art campus, is opening next week in Miami Beach—to much excitement, I might add. The Frank Gehry-designed building, and the superb programs it will house, is a game changer in the way orchestral music is experienced in South Florida.

   Here are some of the highlights: a 7,000-square-foot projection wall on the building’s exterior for video presentations en plein air; a super-sophisticated performance hall with massive acoustic sails that double as projection surfaces; Gehry’s signature geometric forms on a huge entrance atrium; a rooftop terrace; 100,000-plus square feet of performance and music programming space. The building will, of course, serve both purposes of education and performance. It will also house rehearsal and teaching space for the academy’s fellows and for MusicLab, the residency program for budding musicians.

   Next week is packed with special events celebrating the opening of the building. The opening ceremony is Jan 25 at 7:30 p.m. (by invitation) and inaugural concerts begin on January 26 (Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor). For tickets call the box office, 305-673-3331.