Howard Herring hears sweet music as New World Symphony's vision for next 50 years takes shape
With windows open in his Lincoln Road office, Howard Herring can hear the incessant banging and drilling of a nearby construction project — and it's music to his ears. To him, the ruckus is the sweet sound of long-planned dreams coming true as crews build a state-of-the-art home for the New World Symphony.
As president and chief executive officer of the orchestral academy, Mr. Herring has played a key role in advancing the musical fellowship program through technology and unique performance formats. The new, Frank Gehry-designed building — set to open early 2011 — will only provide more opportunity, he said.
Already, students rehearse with composers and conductors around the globe through the Internet, and the new building should take that to the next level, Mr. Herring said, even allowing other groups in the community to take advantage of the technology.
But progress at the Lincoln Theatre is to continue as construction on the new home does. In store are innovative concerts such as "Music Ride," 20-minute performances for $2.50, allowing passersby to make "impulse purchases for classical music," Mr. Herring said. He was interviewed in the symphony's Lincoln Road offices by Miami Today staff writer Risa Polansky.
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