New World Symphony keeps its global audience tuned in
The New World Symphony is creating new platforms to provide available content and curated series of online performances at its initiative to stay connected and continuing to educate its fellows and tuned-in audiences from around the world during the coronavirus battle.
With streaming partners IDAGIO and Medici.TV, the orchestral academy is offering recordings from its MUSAIC online archives featuring new behind-the-scenes moderated discussions with artistic director Michael Tilson Thomas, masterclasses and guest artists with the launch of NWS Archive+ series. NWS Fellows will also engage, share their talents and touch listeners with a series of Facebook Live broadcasts Fridays at 7 p.m. from their homes titled “New World Symphony Fellows: Live from our Living Room.”
New World Symphony’s president Howard Herring said the symphony will reimagine, reaffirm and express its traditions with as many people as possible with the impulse to share and build public programs by continuing “the education of our fellows to become leaders of their generation, community builders and educators,” he said. “That’s why we are confident that our performances can be transformative to our listeners.”
With 17 miles of fiber optic technology installed throughout the campus, NWS fellows can connect online with their coaches and train in any location of the New World Center, Mr. Herring said. The installation of fiber optic cables has eased the way fellows connect with faculty, even when they can’t be at the campus.
“The lessons are defined by them [NWS fellows] through their home computer, laptops or cellphones, which will continue for the remainder of this season,” he said, noting that this year’s remaining season concerts have been cancelled.
Also, for the past 15 years, NWS fellows have been preparing classroom material, study guides and performed one-hour educational concerts for Miami-Dade County public school students.
“We will make these concerts and preparatory material free online for teachers, parents and students to use,” Mr. Herring said about the more than 5,000 students who benefit from this educational community outreach.
Thinking of the creative idea of bringing her NWS fellows right into the households of musicians and music lovers, Tara Lynn Ramsey said this gives them an opportunity to continue doing what they love and stay connected with the world.
“As soon as we found out that part of our season was cancelled, some of us had this idea simultaneously on how we can live stream performances,” said Ms. Ramsey, who is a second-year fellow and violinist. “The New World Symphony was supportive and helped out with equipment and setting us up online.”
Since the Miami Beach campus remains closed, Ms. Ramsey said she will take advantage of all the resources and support the symphony offers. “We will Skype online lessons with musicians and orchestras from around the country.… A lot of musicians are getting creative on how they share online,” she said.
Ms. Ramsey said she is looking forward to see how the response will be with her Friday live performances along with her fellows, “Even though we aren’t in person, it’s nice to have something to work on every day and in a way keep some part of our normal lives [making music]…We are going to continue doing it as long as we are able to.”
Details about NWS Archive + series and New World Symphony: Live from our Living Room: https://www.nws.edu/.