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New World Symphony cancels its season—catch all the performances and seminars online now

Falyn Wood
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Falyn Wood

Following the recommendations of the CDC and City of Miami Beach, the New World Center has extended its public closure through the end of May and the resident New World Symphony has canceled the remaining concerts of its 2019–2020 season. 

In an effort to quell the quarantine blues, New World Symphony will make its vast stores archival content available online free of charge as well as curate a series of online performances and discussions. Among the upcoming digital program highlights will be the NWS Archive+ series (launching the week of March 22), which will feature recordings from the New World Symphony archive plus new commentary and behind-the-scenes insights from artistic director Michael Tilson Thomas, NWS fellows, alumni, guest artists and visiting faculty.  

“We hope that our online musical offerings will foster communal transformations in our individual settings,” New World Symphony president Howard Herring said in a statement.

From this season’s opening Berlioz program to the Viola Visions Festival, the Stravinsky collaboration with Miami City Ballet and Schumann Symphony No. 3, “We’ve been in top form,” Tilson Thomas said in the announcement. “I wish that all our fellows, staff and supporters be safe and productive during these uncertain times.”

Check out all the other ways you can enjoy the symphony from home below: 

New World Symphony Fellows: Live from our Living Room

Beginning Friday, March 20 at 7 pm, New World Symphony fellows will play live, informal chamber music concerts from their homes in Miami Beach. This series will be broadcast via Facebook Live.


The New World Symphony’s extensive online archive allows visitors to explore, engage and learn with NWS performances, masterclasses, tutorials and town halls.

Educational concerts

For the last decade, the NWS fellows have prepared and performed a series of one-hour concerts for local school children. Preparatory materials are shared with teachers who bring their students. In the coming weeks, NWS will make these concerts and preparatory material available free of charge to students and parents in Miami-Dade County and beyond.


The first global streaming service for classical music, Idagio was recently announced as the official audio streaming Partner of NWS. Among the first recordings released on Idagio was NWS’s January performance of Stravinsky Journey with MTT, featuring Stravinsky’s Variations: Aldous Huxley in Memoriam, Symphony in Three Movements, Pétrouchka (1947 revision) and Scherzo à la russe. Joining the Stravinsky Journey is a new recording of Schumann’s Symphony No. 3 recently recorded live at New World Center. A two-month free trial is available here .

The world’s leading classical music channel, includes a library of New World Symphony concerts available for on-demand streaming. Medici will be making some of its content available for free during this challenging time, including the New World Symphony broadcast Michael Tilson Thomas Conducts Michael Tilson Thomas

Additional streaming options will be announced in the coming weeks. 


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