New World Symphony moves gala online, with proceeds to benefit musicians and fund mobile Wallcasts

Posted on: February 9, 2021

“At New World Symphony, the training orchestra for young conservatory graduates … in Miami, the annual gala on Feb. 20 is going online-only,” writes Andres Viglucci in Friday’s (2/5) Miami Herald (subscription required). “The centerpiece of the program, a new half-hour film, also will stream free to the general public that night…. It features performance clips and interviews with luminaries from the institution’s 34-year history…. Along with catered meals … and a virtual cocktail party, New World gala patrons will get private streamed performances by classical superstars like cellist Yo-Yo Ma and clarinetist Anthony McGill…. The event already ‘blew past’ its fundraising goal of $1.25 million and is now at $1.5 million, said gala co-chair Judith Rodin, a New World trustee…. All proceeds from the gala will go to a new Resilience Fund, [which] will provide COVID-19 testing and mental health services to orchestra fellows as well as seed capital for webcasting New World performances. It will also help broaden the symphony’s audience by creating a portable version of its hugely popular Wallcasts, in which live performances are shown for free on the facade of its building.” The article includes fundraising plans by other South Florida nonprofits.