Reviews and Press


 

Bachtrack: A feast of violas at Miami Beach 

bachtrack.com

October 18, 2019

The New World Symphony's Viola Visions kicked off Wednesday night with a concert of music that spanned three centuries and gave full voice to the splendor of the instrument. There was the world premiere of a hardworking new concerto by Nils Bultmann that used an ingenious distribution scheme. There was Andrew Norman's new arrangement for eight violas of his Gran Turismo for eight violins...

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Bachtrack: A relevance of violas in Miami Beach

bachtrack.com

October 18, 2019

“Visions and Installations”, the second concert in the New World Symphony's “Viola Visions” week, consisted of three works written after the Symphony's founding 32 years ago, and one that missed the cut by only 30 years. And yet for all the brilliance of color, sound and imagination the viola showed in music by Nico Muhly, George Benjamin and the interloper Luciano Berio (his Chemins II was written in...

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Classical Source: Michael Tilson Thomas and New World Symphony Present Five-Day, Live-Streamed Viola Visions Festival, October 15-19

classicalsource.com

August 07, 2019

MICHAEL TILSON THOMAS AND NEW WORLD SYMPHONY PRESENT FIVE-DAY, LIVE-STREAMED VIOLA VISIONS FESTIVAL, OCTOBER 15–19 FESTIVAL, WHICH TAKES PLACE AT NEW WORLD CENTER, INCLUDES MASTER CLASSES, SEMINARS, PERFORMANCES, AND ONLINE INTERACTION
Among the guest artists are violists Roberto Díaz, Kim Kashkashian, Matthew Lipman, Cynthia Phelps, Nadia Sirota, Jonathan Vinocour, and Tabea Zimmermann...

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Classical Voice North America: Front and Center For Once, Violas Sing Their Story

classicalvoiceamerica.org

October 18, 2019

MIAMI BEACH – The New World Symphony kicked off its Viola Visions Festival with a program Oct. 16 that featured viola-centric works spanning 300 years.
Leading off the first of proposed yearly NWS festivals devoted to a single instrument in the symphony orchestra, the evening leaped from one surprise to the next while integrating community outreach and educational elements...

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Slipped Disc: Biggest viola happening since Strad expired

slippedisc.com

August 7, 2019

Michael Tilson Thomas has a vision:
Among the guest artists are violists Roberto Díaz, Kim Kashkashian, Matthew Lipman, Cynthia Phelps, Nadia Sirota, Jonathan Vinocour, and Tabea Zimmermann...

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South Florida Classical Review: New World’s Viola Festival off to a racing start

southfloridaclassicalreview.com

October 17, 2019

Few instruments get less respect than the viola.
This stepchild of the violin often plays inner lines in orchestral works, seldom getting to sound the major thematic material. Both the instrument and its players are frequently the subject of jokes.
With its “Viola Visions” festival, the New World Symphony aims to change all that. The first installment...

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South Florida Classical Review: Harold in Miami Beach: New World wraps “Viola Visions” with a new twist on Berlioz classic

southfloridaclassicalreview.com

October 20, 2019

For the viola world, there was big news Saturday night in Miami Beach.
The New World Symphony gave the world premiere of an elaborate revision of Berlioz’s Harold in Italy, an almost-concerto for viola that has disappointed generations of violists with the lack of solo playing time in its last movement...

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The Hub: Violists head south: “Viola Visions” festival set for Miami Beach in October

the hub

October 20, 2019

 

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The New York Times: 10 Months of Classical Concerts You Won’t Want to Miss

nytimes.com

September 12, 2019

VIOLA VISIONS A notoriously underloved instrument gets a whole festival in its honor, courtesy of the New World Symphony in Miami, which hosts an explosion of concerts, master classes and talks, the first in a planned series of similar annual immersions. (Trombone Time, anyone?) Oct. 15-19...

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The New York Times: The Week Ahead – Odes to an Unsung Instrument

nytimes.com

October 11, 2019

The brunt of many classical music in-jokes, the viola has long been relegated to second-class citizen of the string section. That might change this week, when the instrument’s fans will descend on Miami Beach for “Viola Visions,” a five-day festival sponsored by the New World Symphony and the conductor Michael Tilson Thomas...

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The New York Times: What’s on TV Wednesday

nytimes.com

October 16, 2019

VIOLA VISIONS FESTIVAL Stream on Medici.tv. The New World Symphony in Miami Beach is hosting a five-day festival centered on the viola this week, with events set to be live-streamed through Saturday. Tonight, several big-name violists will be conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas...

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The Strad: Celebrating the viola with a week-long festival in Miami

thestrad.com

August 7, 2019

The New World Symphony, the orchestra academy established by conductor Michael Tilson Thomas in Miami Beach, Florida, has announced that it will be presenting ‘an annual summit devoted to a different orchestral instrument each year’.
It begins this October with Viola Visions, a focus on the alto voice of the string section. Running form 15 to 19 October at the New World Centre, the academy’s base, it will feature guest artists...

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The Violin Channel: Florida’s New World Symphony To Host New 5-Day Viola Festival

theviolinchannel.com

October 16, 2019

Conductor Michael Tilson Thomas and the New World Symphony have announced the launch of a new 5-day viola festival – set to be hosted at the New World Center on Miami Beach, Florida, United States from the 15th to the 19th of October, 2019....

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The Violin Channel: Interview with Michael Tilson Thomas

theviolinchannel.com

October 17, 2019

The Violin Channel recently caught up with 2019 New World Symphony ‘Viola Visions’ Festival Artistic Director, Michael Tilson Thomas.
Watch the 2019 ‘Viola Visions’ Week live on The Violin Channel – direct from Miami Beach, Florida, United States.
Michael, Please tell us about the ‘Viola Visions’ Festival that you and the New World Symphony are hosting in Miami Beach, this week …

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