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“Plan your trip around the New World Symphony--AMAZING” 5 of 5 stars
Review of New World Symphony

New World Symphony
500 17th Street, Miami Beach, FL 33139
305-673-3331
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Ranked #1 of 49 attractions in Miami Beach
Type: Symphonies
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Owner description: The New World Symphony (NWS), America's Orchestral Academy, opened its newly-designed 'campus' designed by renowned architect Frank Gehry, in February 2011 (previously, the NWS was located in the Lincoln Theater on Lincoln Road). NWS's new home is a $160 million building with attached garage located in a 2.5 acre park at the corner of 17th Street and Washington Avenue in Miami Beach.
Beloit, Wisconsin
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“Plan your trip around the New World Symphony--AMAZING”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2013

We took a guided tour of the Gehry-designed building on an afternoon before we were planning the Symphony. Our tour guide "Marty" was excellent, fun, well-informed, courteous, helpful and "upbeat." We enjoyed every aspect of our tour and then the pleasure of the Symphony. What a wonderful centerpiece of Miami Beach. Plan ahead for reservations for the tour and tickets to the performance. The projection of the performance on the outer wall of the building is also amazing--you'll need a chair--unless you can score a seat on one of the cement walls.

Visited March 2013
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Marty M, Docent at New World Symphony, responded to this review, March 30, 2013
Thank you so very much for your kind words about my tour - much appreciated! There are 4 docent-led tours per week (Tuesdays/ Thursdays at 4 pm and Fridays / Saturdays at Noon) and this is a wonderful way to viewevery aspect Frank Gehry's architectural genius - from the Atrium, to the Roof Garden with arguably the best views in South Beach, to the wonderful 756-seat concert hall. Guided visits are particularly useful if visitors are here for only a few days and their visit does not coincide with a concert performance, as these are the only two ways to gain admittance to the building. But you, as the title of your review makes clear, planned your trip around both tour dates and performances, so you got the best of both (New!) Worlds - and caught a Wallcast, to boot! Kudos all around!
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“fine classical music in an architectural gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2013

NWS is an academy for young but experienced orchestral musicians. Performances are throughout the season, are very reasonably priced, and are in the new Frank Gehry New World Center. Musicianship is excellent as is the venue and variety of music.

Visited March 2013
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“A must do!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

We alsways schedule a visit to the New World Sumphony when we are in MB (also have just booked a tour of the facility which is also worthwhile). This year we participated in an interactive program which allowed us to vote on favorites using smartphone or I pad. The experience alone was worth it.

Visited March 2013
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Chicago, Illinois
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“WOW”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2013

The best place in Miami Beach! Frank Gherry outdid himsef yet again!
Highly recommend to visit while you are in Miami

Visited March 2013
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Marty M, Docent at New World Symphony, responded to this review, March 16, 2013
"Wow" is the perfect word to describe Frank Gehry's spectacular New World Center, where architecture intersects with wonderful music. From the soaring atrium, to the roof garden and the symphony hall itself, this building is amazing and the music that is performed here is just as amazing. This is a must-see (and must-hear !!) for visitors to Miami Beach and residents as well.
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Miami Beach, Florida
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“Easy to stay awake for every note”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2013

The acoustics here are fantastic, and the venue is small enough that it is easy to remain engaged with the music throughout even a long performance. No chance of drifting off. There is also a nice variety of concerts at reasonable prices. The building is fun to visit and it's easy to get to. If you've been going only to the Wallcast concerts, come inside once and get the full experience.

Visited December 2012
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