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Experience the New World Symphony in South Beach

If you’re looking for more to do in South beach than tanning, relaxing, and partying, no worries, because there’s plenty to do! In fact, South Beach has a thriving diverse culture and arts community that visitors can experience in many ways. One of these ways is through music at the New World Symphony, which is on 17th Street in South Beach.  The New World Symphony, which is America’s Orchestral Academy, prepares graduates of music programs for leadership roles in professional orchestras and ensembles. It was co-founded by Artistic Director Michael Tilson Thomas and Ted Arison 29 years ago to train young musicians; they have performed at New York’s Carnegie Hall and Paris’ Bastille Opera.

In 2011, NWS moved into the futuristic looking building built by Frank Gehry. The architecture of the building was meant to blend in with the area. Inside, there is a 756-seat main hall, many rehersal halls, 24 individual rehearsal rooms, 4 ensemble rooms, 3 percussion rooms, and a multi-purpose room where 86 fellows in residence reside. South Beach visitors can walk by and see the musicians practicing through the windows.

The NWS invites the public in for performances. Throughout the year, the students perform under the direction of visiting conductors. Within the atrium of the build, Thierry’s is a restaurant where you can grab a bite to eat. It is run by celebrity chef-caterer Thierry Isambert. The food served is a blend of Mediterranean, Caribbean and Pacific flavors.

Around the NWS building is the Miami Beach SoundScape Park where people can enjoy classic music and more outside in the park. There is a 7,000 square-foot projection wall that screens a live feed of indoor performances for the public to enjoy for free outside. There is also a Cinema Series every Wednesday night on the projection. The outdoor park is full of giant silver structures and paths.

Visit South Beach
If you’re a fan of music, checking out the musicians at the New World Symphony is a great opportunity to enjoy a night out (especially if it’s free). If you’re looking for a place to stay, the Cavalier Hotel is in the heart of South Beach.  It’s conveniently located to the NWS building and SoundScape Park. To book your stay, click here or call 305-673-1199.

Explore the Area on South Beach Tours

South Beach isn’t just another beach; it happens to be filled with a rich history and culture. Luckily, people get to experience this city through many tours. The Miami Design Preservation League (MDPL) hosts several different tours throughout the year. MDPL historians and architects lead these tours across South Beach.

MDPL’s is a non-profit organization whose mission is to be devoted to preserving, protecting, and promoting the cultural, social, economic, environmental, and architectural integrity of the Miami Beach Architectural Historic District. It is the oldest Art Deco Society in the world.

Below, are some of the great South Beach tours MDPL offers.

Jewish Miami Beach Tour
$25 adult; $20 student
In this tour, people get to hear about the rise and fall of the Jewish population across Miami Beach in the last 100 games. Tour attendees will learn about Jewish people, institutions, and architecture. Tours begin at the Jewish Museum of Florida, 301 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. This tour occurs on the second Sunday every month at 11 a.m.

Art Deco Walking Tour
$25 adult, $20 student
This is a 90-minute tour that gives visitors an overview of the Art Deco, Mediterranean Revival and Miami Modern styles found around Miami Beach’s Architectural Historic District. People will explore the outside and interiors of buildings.  Tours are held Friday through Wednesday at 10:30 a.m., and Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Tours begin at the Art Deco Welcome Center, 1001 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach.

Gay & Lesbian Walking Tour
$25 adult; $20 student
On this tour, people will learn about the contributions gay and lesbian people have made to the community throughout Miami Beach’s history and in present day. This tour also will show people the gay and lesbian “places to be” when going out in South Beach. Tours begin at the Art Deco Welcome Center, 1001 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach. They are held on the second Saturday of every month at 11 a.m.

Other tours: South Beach Food Tour, Self-Guided (Audio) Tour, MiMo Tour, and Private Art Deco tours.

Looking to Stay in South Beach?

Planning on visiting South Beach and attending one of these informationally-rich tours? Well then, you’re probably also looking for a place to stay during your time here. The Cavalier Hotel right on Ocean Drive in the Art Deco District is a great spot to experience the history of this city while being right in the heart of the city. To book a room, call 305-671-1199 or click here.