New World Symphony, Inc., Miami Beach, Florida, USA

The New World Symphony (NWS) is a dedicated orchestra based in Miami Beach. It offers approximately 60 concerts each season – a variety of classical music, whether in traditional, contemporary, family-friendly, chamber or late-night concerts – most of which are performed at the New World Center in Miami Beach. NWS concerts and events in the 2018-19 season include 64 performances with guest conductors including Roberto Abbado (Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía, València, Spain), James Conlon (LA Opera, Los Angeles, USA), Peter Oundjian (Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Canada), Edwin Outwater (Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Kitchener, Canada), and Osmo Vänskä (Minnesota Orchestra, Minneapolis, USA) and guest artists including cellist Tamás Varga, violinists Anthony Marwood, Christian Tetzlaff and Pinchas Zukerman, as well as pianists Emanuel Ax, Hélène Grimaud, and Yuja Wang.

TURBULENCE is part of NWS’s 2018-19 New Music series of concerts bannered ‘Sounds of the Times’, and is its 23rd edition, thereby underscoring the orchestra’s commitment to the performance of contemporary works. The program begins with György Ligeti’s San Francisco Polyphony, a piece commissioned by the San Francisco Symphony in celebration of their 60th anniversary in 1971. This is then followed by Matthias Pintscher’s – the conductor’s – own piece, mar’eh for violin and orchestra, featuring violinist Renaud Capuçon, who is making his second appearance with NWS. Pintscher remarks that he found the piece’s title – a Hebrew word meaning appearance, vision, or aura – while thinking ‘of the fine lines a violinist can produce on his or her instrument, this simultaneously intense and light-footed way of playing.’ The program concludes with Olga Neuwirth’s Masaot/Clocks without Hands, a work hailed as both a brash and brilliant showpiece that ‘transfers Mahler for the 21st century.’ The concert will be led by new music specialist Matthias Pintscher, Music Director of the Ensemble Intercontemporain, Paris, and Principal Conductor of the Lucerne Festival Academy. This will be his third appearance as guest conductor of the New World Symphony. Through the support of the EvS Music Foundation, the 2018-19 season will include one world premiere, two U.S. premieres and 13 additional pieces by living composers, in addition to TURBULENCE.

February 16, 2019
New World Center, Miami Beach, Florida, USA

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