The season is just starting for the New World Symphony, the orchestral academy that occupies the Frank Gehry-designed masterpiece on 17th Street in Miami Beach. If you got tickets to see them this Saturday, lucky you! The show, called Dance into Daylight, is sold out and features music by Sphinx Commissioning Consortium-winning composer Jeffrey Mumford and Rodrigo’s passionate Concierto de Aranjuez with renowned guitarist Manuel Barrueco.
If you were a member of the Friends of New World Symphony, you could have gotten tickets with the snap of a finger. The organization, comprised of professionals who support the mission of the New World Symphony, allows members to get first dibs on a number of select events throughout the New World Symphony’s season. No need to fret, though. You can still rub elbows with the Friends of NWS after Saturday night’s show, where they will be hosting a Hip-Hop Symphony at the Shore Club. DJ Irie and the Opus Love quintet will provide a varied assortment of hip-hop and classical sounds. Grey Goose cocktails will be abundant and nibbles available for the hungry. Members can enjoy the fun gratis, but non-members can pay $40 to hang out with fellow classical music lovers.
The Friends of New World Symphony are helping the NWS celebrate its 25th season by hosting an eclectic mix of events at a variety of chic locales. The Hip-Hop Symphony kicks off a season of concerts where reggae, samba, Bossa Nova and Latin beats are fused with classical music (and drinks are served).
Friends of New World Symphony plays an major part in promoting classical music to audiences that perhaps haven’t been exposed to the genre. Says Director Nathalie Cadet-James, “A young patrons group like Friends of the New World Symphony is important because it cultivates a new audience for classical music – we are the future of classical music.”