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Experience the New World Symphony in South Beach

If you’re looking for more to do in South beach than tanning, relaxing, and partying, no worries, because there’s plenty to do! In fact, South Beach has a thriving diverse culture and arts community that visitors can experience in many ways. One of these ways is through music at the New World Symphony, which is on 17th Street in South Beach.  The New World Symphony, which is America’s Orchestral Academy, prepares graduates of music programs for leadership roles in professional orchestras and ensembles. It was co-founded by Artistic Director Michael Tilson Thomas and Ted Arison 29 years ago to train young musicians; they have performed at New York’s Carnegie Hall and Paris’ Bastille Opera.

In 2011, NWS moved into the futuristic looking building built by Frank Gehry. The architecture of the building was meant to blend in with the area. Inside, there is a 756-seat main hall, many rehersal halls, 24 individual rehearsal rooms, 4 ensemble rooms, 3 percussion rooms, and a multi-purpose room where 86 fellows in residence reside. South Beach visitors can walk by and see the musicians practicing through the windows.

The NWS invites the public in for performances. Throughout the year, the students perform under the direction of visiting conductors. Within the atrium of the build, Thierry’s is a restaurant where you can grab a bite to eat. It is run by celebrity chef-caterer Thierry Isambert. The food served is a blend of Mediterranean, Caribbean and Pacific flavors.

Around the NWS building is the Miami Beach SoundScape Park where people can enjoy classic music and more outside in the park. There is a 7,000 square-foot projection wall that screens a live feed of indoor performances for the public to enjoy for free outside. There is also a Cinema Series every Wednesday night on the projection. The outdoor park is full of giant silver structures and paths.

Visit South Beach
If you’re a fan of music, checking out the musicians at the New World Symphony is a great opportunity to enjoy a night out (especially if it’s free). If you’re looking for a place to stay, the Cavalier Hotel is in the heart of South Beach.  It’s conveniently located to the NWS building and SoundScape Park. To book your stay, click here or call 305-673-1199.

The Miami Music Festival

Love music? Then you should add the Miami Music Festival to your to do list during this summer in South Beach. The Miami Music Festival is annual even entering its third season. The festival began at the end of June and will continue throughout the month of July.

The mission of the Miami Music Festival is to “provide affordable, world-class musical instruction and ground-breaking performance experiences to young artists and the South Florida region.” Since its induction, the festival has been enjoyed by many and the feedback has been wonderful. The festival has been a place where young artists can prepare for the music industry; it also adds something to the culture of the area.

The festival has different institutes in Orchestra, Opera, Piano, Composition, and Conducting, which allow young artists to take the stage and perform in dynamic, career-changing ways. The founder and artistic director, Michael Rossi, created the festival during Florida’s slow season to provide the area with classical music. He believed that since Miami has a strong musical center throughout the rest of the year that this festival just would expand on the city’s cultural landscape.

Each institute gives performers, conductors, and musicians a chance to hone in on our their interests and skillset on a professional level by giving them real experience.

Here is a quick glance of some of the performances/shows during this year’s season in South Beach:

July 12, 7:30 p.m. | The Betsy, 1400 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach | Free
Broadway Night by the MM Opera Institute is a night where performers will sing famous Broadway show tunes.

July 19,26,28, 7:30 p.m. | The Betsy, 1400 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach | Free
Miami Summer Chamber Works by the MMF Orchestra Institute.

July 16, 7:30 p.m. | New World Center, 500 17th St., Miami Beach | $20-$45

The Miami Wagner Institute Debut will perform Suite from Der Rosenkavalier, Richard Strause; and excerpts from the Ring Cycle, Richard Wagner. Singers will be from the Miami Wagner Institute and MMF Symphony Orchestra will perform.

July 21, 7:30 p.m. | The Betsy, 1400 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach | Free
Miami Summer Faculty Showcase

July 23, 7:30 p.m. | New World Center500 17th St., Miami Beach | $15-$25
MMF Honors Ida Haendel; “Also Sprach Zarathustra,” Richard Strauss, “Two Poems of Hyam Plutzik,” Jeffery L. Briggs; and Concertos. The MMF Concerto Competition winners and the MMF Symphony Orchestra will perform.

Experience South Beach’s Music Scene

The Miami Music Festival is an excellent way to experience the sounds of classical music in such a musical city. If you’re in the area, these are performances you don’t want to miss during your night on the town! After watching a show, head back to The Cavalier Hotel to spend the night. The Cavalier is in the heart of South Beach and it’s within walking distance to these performances, as well as many restaurants, bars, and other attractions. To book a room, click here or call 305-673-1199.

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