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NEW WORLD SYMPHONY TAKES ITS WALLCAST ON THE ROAD

Written By Michelle F. Solomon
January 26, 2024 at 10:21 PM

An April 2022 Jazz at MOCA Mobile WALLCAST® Concert.
(Photo courtesy of Gregory Reed)

New World Symphony launched its Mobile WALLCAST® Concert Series in the 2022-23 season.

“It is an essential part of its commitment to make symphonic music accessible to audiences beyond the New World Center,” says Eduardo Delgado, NWS’s Public Program Director.

At 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 27, the New World Symphony is bringing its Mobile WALLCAST experience to the second annual Family Music Day at the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center, 6161 NW 22nd Ave, Miami.

“Last year was our first year doing the event,” says Isis Roberts, Theater Arts Administrator for the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center (AHCAC) in Liberty City. “And the community really enjoyed it because not only did they have an opportunity to see live artists, but they also were able to participate in various workshops at the same time.

This year’s festival features live music from:

New Canon Chamber Collective

Young Musicians Unite

New World Symphony

Ja’Nia Harden, jazz vocalist and author

“Family Day is a great opportunity, where you have two great organizations that have decided to come together to make sure that we’re uplifting the Liberty City and Brownsville area, and that residents have the opportunity to experience, music and a life that that they probably don’t get to experience on an everyday basis,” says Roberts.

Delgado says, “Miss Roberts is an early adopter and took a leap of faith with the whole idea of the mobile Wallcast, the whole idea.”

Many concertgoers sprawl out on the lawn outside the New World Center in Soundscape Park to watch the  Wallcast when live performances of the New World Symphony are broadcast.

“We have built a community in Miami Beach and people love it,” says Delgado. “We’ve learned much about community engagement from the Wallcasts we do in our own backyard so that’s the environment we’re trying to emulate when we go out into communities.”

He says, this is a chance to welcome more people in “Instead of asking people to come to us.”

It is also vital that visitors are not just watching music on the screen when New World Symphony takes their programming out into communities. “I think it’s extraordinarily important that we bring live artists to the experience as well. And it isn’t just our fellows from New World but we’re involved local artists in every show that we do,” says Delgado, who adds that the fellows are ambassadors of New World when they are out at events like Family Day.

New World Symphony is also partnering with the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center for students to attend New World’s Concert for Kids: “I Dream A World” at New World Center on Saturday, Feb. 4.

“We want people to know that they are welcome to come to New World and this is a good way to introduce them  . . . to break bread with different people and just to have really good conversations about art, about music,” says Delgado.

As far as Saturday’s Family Day, Roberts says: “These events are a great way for the community to come together and enjoys them within the community and then to start having conversations on how can we them to get a better sense of what performance is all about.”

WHAT: Second Annual Family Music Day

WHEN: 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27. 

WHERE: African Heritage Cultural Arts Center, 6161 NW 22nd Ave., Miami

COST: Free

INFORMATION: www.nws.edu

The next Mobile Wallcast is set for 8 p.m., Friday, April 26 as part of Jazz at MoCa (Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami)

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