March 2, 2016

NWS President Speaks at City Hall

Howard Herring

New World Symphony President and CEO Howard Herring spoke at the Miami Beach City Commission meeting last week on Wednesday February 24.

His presentation to the Mayor and Commissioners was a summary of developments at the New World Symphony and New World Center and a look to the future. NWS commemorates five years in the new building, and Herring’s talk was also a thank-you to the City of Miami Beach for their major contributions to the completion of NWC.

While it was listed on the agenda as a presentation on New World’s partnership with the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Herring’s talk stressed the public-private partnership between NWS and the city in its programs, outreach, and Wallcast™ events. He talked about the Lincoln Road Master Plan and Business Improvement District, more potential for SoundScape Park, the growth of the Arts District from the Wolfsonian in the south to Faena to the north, and the need for cultural policy.

He also talked about NWS’ 1,000 alumni, NWS in the community, programming for new audiences, and outside rentals at New World Center, which showcase not only the building but the city of Miami Beach; the democratization of classical music, success in attracting new audiences, the demographics of Wallcast™ concert attendees, and that the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC is consulting with NWS about the building of their own performance wall.

Herring mentioned the need to make 17th Street a more welcoming thoroughfare for bringing people from the Convention Center south, how plans need to be devised quickly for this, the possibility of a pedestrian bridge over 17th, and the need for public transportation from the mainland while ensuring quiet from any hub near SoundScape Park during concerts and other outside events.

Click here to watch the presentation - Mr. Herring speaks at 5:17:30 to 5:30 real time, 18:40 to 31:20 video time

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