New World Symphony’s tech-focused concert experience seeing broader impact

Posted on: February 14, 2018

“This might be the wave of the future for American symphony orchestras,” writes Barbara Jepson in Tuesday’s (2/13) Classical Voice North America. “Classical music accompanied by specially created video images, or new compositions in which visual elements are an integral part of the piece. Free live simulcasts that beam indoor performances to listeners in an adjoining park…. All the above is already the norm for performances by the New World Symphony, an orchestral academy [in Miami Beach whose] impressive Frank Gehry-designed facility, the New World Center … contains sophisticated camera and projection systems…. It has also spearheaded a 4-year, multi-orchestra study that has had a major impact…. ‘They brought to these experiments,’ said Jesse Rosen, president and CEO of the League of American Orchestras, ‘the kind of discipline and rigor that often doesn’t happen. And they’ve firmly established the viability of mixing up the concert presentation experience.’ … More than 850 representatives from 230 international arts organizations have visited the New World Center to attend a performance and learn about the organization’s programs [including] southwest Florida presenter Artis-Naples,” which plans an outdoor screen inspired by New World’s. “The Kennedy Center also plans to build an outdoor wall for simulcast and video events.”

Posted February 14, 2018