September 12, 2019
Michael Tilson Thomas and New World Symphony Present 100th WALLCAST® Concert and First in 4K Ultra-High-Definition, October 12
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Milestone event marks eight years of presenting world’s leading classical artists, musical works, films, and cultural content for free to South Florida community via cutting-edge sound and video technology

End-to-end 4K upgrade of video infrastructure is unveiled in collaboration
with City of Miami Beach and supported by Miami Beach’s G.O. Bond

MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA (September 12, 2019) — To open its 32nd season as a national leader in training the next generation of classical musicians, the New World Symphony, America’s Orchestral Academy (NWS), presents its 100th WALLCAST® concert and the first to be simulcast in 4K Ultra-High-Definition (UHD), following a three-year, end-to-end upgrade of NWS’s video infrastructure. The WALLCAST® Concert Series offers free outdoor simulcasts of live concerts performed inside the New World Center. Live video from the concert hall is projected onto the wall of the building and viewed from adjacent SoundScape Park, which is equipped with over 160 Meyer Sound speakers for an immersive sound experience. By reaching a diverse audience from throughout the community, this concert series plays a central role in NWS’s broad effort to reach new listeners.

These concerts also reflect the pioneering vision of NWS Co-Founder and Artistic Director Michael Tilson Thomas, whose achievements in re-thinking the classical music experience for the 21st century are celebrated when he receives the 2019 Kennedy Center Honors in December. He conducts the 100th WALLCAST® concert on Saturday, October 12, at 7:30 p.m. The program comprises Sibelius’s Finlandia, Scriabin’s Piano Concerto with Daniil Trifonov, and selections from Berlioz’s Romeo and Juliet.

New World Symphony WALLCAST® Concerts

Known for its efforts to integrate state-of-the-art technology with music performance and education, NWS began its transition to 4K UHD in 2016. This video format offers sharper images, more realistic color, and higher frame rates than usually observed even in today's feature films. In transitioning to 4K, NWS not only takes a leading role in bringing this new technology to the world of classical music, but also becomes one of the first cultural institutions in any field to fully adopt the format across all of its major programming. The upgrade was made possible in part through the City of Miami Beach’s G.O. Bond, voted on by residents of Miami Beach in 2018. Additional partners include Enlighten Digital, FOR-A, Hitachi, and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

The 100th WALLCAST® concert and launch of 4K resolution comes as institutions around the country are launching their own outdoor presentation platforms. Among the nearly one dozen organizations that have launched or will soon launch outdoor systems influenced in part by the New World Center are the Kennedy Center, which this month launches the REACH, an expansion of its campus that includes an outdoor projection wall; the McKnight Center for the Performing Arts at Oklahoma State University, which features an outdoor presentation wall and courtyard and opens in October 2019 with performances by the New York Philharmonic; and the City of Jacksonville, which has approved an outdoor, downtown projection project scheduled to launch in 2020.

Benefits of outdoor presentation systems and programs include community building, placemaking, social inclusion, and engagement. As revealed in an in-depth, one-year study by independent research firm WolfBrown (read here), WALLCAST® concerts attract diverse audiences, with 34% self-identifying as people of color, compared to 12% of traditional concert attendees; experience balanced attendance among different age groups; and provide social fulfillment and a connection to community. In addition to WALLCAST® concerts, weekly films are shown free-of-charge on the wall as part of the City of Miami Beach’s SoundScape Cinema Series. Commissioned video art, video installations from Art Basel Miami Beach, and other cultural content are also shown on the wall for free.

 

The New World Symphony, America’s Orchestral Academy, prepares graduates of music programs for leadership roles in professional orchestras and ensembles. In the 32 years since its co-founding by Artistic Director Michael Tilson Thomas and Lin and Ted Arison, NWS has helped launch the careers of more than 1,100 alumni worldwide. A laboratory for the way music is taught, presented and experienced, the New World Symphony consists of 87 young musicians who are granted fellowships lasting up to three years. The fellowship program offers in-depth exposure to traditional and modern repertoire, professional development training, and personalized experiences working with leading guest conductors, soloists, and visiting faculty. Relationships with these artists are extended through NWS’s distance learning via the internet. NWS Fellows take advantage of the innovative performance facilities and state-of-the-art practice and ensemble rooms of the Frank Gehry-designed New World Center, the campus of the New World Symphony. For more information about the New World Symphony, visit NWS.edu.

By the community and for the community, the City of Miami Beach’s $439 million General Obligation Bond Program is revitalizing public spaces, public structures and public security for the future of Miami Beach. Upgrading city functions and enhancing city aesthetics at an unprecedented scale, the G.O. Bond Program is working to implement 57 separate improvement projects that will positively impact quality of life, economic health and overall resilience in all North Beach, Middle Beach and South Beach areas. For additional information on projects included in the G.O. Bond, their locations and status, visit GoMBInfo.com.

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Saturday, October 12, at 7:30 p.m.
New World Center — concert hall
SoundScape Park — WALLCAST® concert**
(Miami Beach, FL)

New World Symphony
Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor

Daniil Trifonov, piano

BEETHOVEN Egmont Overture
SCRIABIN Piano Concerto
BERLIOZ Selections from Romeo and Juliet

Tickets starting at $44 are available from the New World Symphony by phone at (305) 673-3331; online at NWS.edu; or in person at the New World Center box office.

**100th WALLCAST® concert and first in full 4K Ultra-High-Definition

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