New World Symphony program tests capabilities of new hall

Posted on: April 18, 2012

Wednesday (4/18) on the South Florida Classical Review site, David Fleshler writes, “With all due respect to Carnegie Hall and Vienna’s Musikverein, even those grand temples of classical music couldn’t handle the event planned this Friday by the New World Symphony. The performance of four world premieres, video art and poetry will rely on the technology and architectural infrastructure built into the orchestra’s modernist, one-year-old campus in Miami Beach. Using auxiliary stages mounted around the hall, the evening will move without a break from string quartet to orchestral ensemble to wind octet. Huge screens will display rush-hour street scenes from New York City. And a sophisticated electronics and speaker system will allow one composer to use a computer program during the performance to manipulate percussion sounds as they’re being produced. Michael Tilson Thomas, the orchestra’s founder and artistic director, said this sort of format-busting evening was what he had in mind when the hall was designed. … this concert will revel in newness, offering four world premieres by the composers Amy Beth Kirsten, Alex Orfaly, Marcos Balter and Samuel Carl Adams. It will also feature a reading by the poet Malachi Black and a video by James Nares.”

Posted April 18, 2012