Technology keeps New World Symphony ahead
The New World Symphony in Miami Beach has added Ultra-High-Definition (UHD) technology to bring 4K clarity to its popular WALLCAST concerts.
The symphony debuted the new technological advancement Oct. 12 as part of the opening for its 32nd season.
The renowned New World Symphony works to prepare graduates of music programs for leadership roles in professional orchestras and ensembles. It was founded 32 years ago by Artistic Director Michael Tilson Thomas and Lin and Ted Arison.
The symphony’s home at New World Center, located between Lincoln Road and the Miami Beach Convention Center, is enhanced by its SoundScape Park, a 2.5-acre urban park that continues to offer the public memorable performances.
“Arts and culture are a huge part of our community and our brand. It is why our city is both fun and sophisticated,” said Miami Beach City Manager Jimmy Morales.
“In this day and age, it is essential for our city to keep up with the latest technology trends. SoundScape Park has evolved into an incredible community gathering place where residents can watch world-class performances with the whole family, for free. The 4K upgrades to [the] WALLCAST concerts ensure that our residents and visitors have the best viewer experience with the most cutting-edge technology.”
The WALLCAST Concert Series offers free outdoor simulcasts of live concerts performed inside the New World Center. Live video from the concert hall is projected onto the wall of the building and viewed from adjacent SoundScape Park, which is equipped with more than 160 Meyer Sound speakers for an immersive sound experience.
The symphony began its transition to 4K UHD in 2016. This video format offers sharper images, more realistic color, and higher frame rates than usually observed even in today’s feature films.
This year’s work required the physical enlargement of the video tech core or server room within the main control room, while still accommodating scheduled major events.
This was followed by the installation of three new racks of video equipment and miles of new state of the art 12G cabling to connect the cameras and projectors.
When the infrastructure upgrade is complete, the center will have the largest 4K UHD, entirely 12G production facility in the nation.
The final phase of this multi-year upgrade to 4K UHD will be the replacement of all projectors in the performance hall in the summer of 2020.
The upgrade to 4K UHD is made possible with support from the City of Miami Beach’s $439 million General Obligation (G.O.) Bond Program, which was overwhelmingly approved by voters in 2018.
SoundScape Park was identified as one of the 30 parks projects to receive funding from the G.O. Bond Program.
With $4.5 million dedicated to SoundScape Park improvements overall, $3.8 million has been used to fund the upgrade of the New World Center’s 7,000-square-foot projection wall, cameras and control boards to project crisp and clear