In a city full of bureaucratic bumbling, there is at least one organization that got a shiny, new building in the last couple of years but is still keeping up with its community involvement in the bargain. Since the New World Symphony re-opened in its new, Frank Gehry-designed Miami Beach home in 2011, its heads of programming have made major strides in un-stuffing public perception of classical music. This and the following Friday both offer fun events that continue that mission in the hopes of attracting a younger audience.
This Friday’s event, in particular, is a must-attend for anybody who put things like “get healthy” and “get cultured” on their list of New Year’s resolutions. (Translation: If you want, you get to be totally smug about this.) The first-ever Yoga Night at New World Symphony kicks off at 7 p.m. with a quickie $2.50 concert inside the center’s concert hall. Led by conducting fellow Joshua Gersen — remember, New World functions as a training symphony — it’ll feature audience-friendly fare like Gioachino Rossini’s overture from the Barber of Seville and Carl Maria von Weber’s overture to Der Freischütz.
After that, attendees get to head outside to the Soundscape park for a yoga class led by local celeb teachers. Paul Toliuszis is the yoga director of the Green Monkey chain, Rina Jakubowicz is the founder of Rina Yoga, and Christy Nones McKenzie was a top teacher in pre-scandal Anusara yoga who continues to teach the positive aspects of the practice. Afterwards, there are even free snacks and drinks. The whole deal is part of the symphony’s ongoing $2.50 concert series, so if your schedule doesn’t work out or stretching in public isn’t your thing, check nws.edu for a list of other upcoming performances for the same price.
The following Friday, January 18, marks a new edition of Pulse, a recurring event that nods to the symphony’s clubby surroundings. Lubricated by Knight and Mellon Foundation money, the event’s aim is to reel in the late-nighters with a soundtrack blending electronic and classical music. DJ Sean Drake — who you might know from the Vagabond or classic spots of yore like Shadow Lounge — provides the beats. He’ll be joined throughout the evening for on-the-fly collabos by classically trained soprano Elaine Alvarez, and the whole thing ends with a dance party in the main concert hall that goes until 1:30 a.m. Tickets to this are a little pricier — $25 — but you can think of it as a usual night out dancing with a higher-brow upgrade.
Yoga Night at the New World Symphony. Friday, January 11 at 7 p.m. at 500 17th St., Miami Beach. Admission is $2.50; all ages.
Pulse 2.0. Friday, January 18 from 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Admission is $25; age 21 and up. For both events, call 305-673-3330, or visit nws.edu