Music in Miami

I was recently in Miami, Florida, for some warm-weather R&R. The highlight of my vacation was attending a concert in the just-opened New World Center, the campus for the New World Symphony, an institution that trains highly gifted music graduates for leadership roles in the world’s great orchestras. The center, which combines a concert hall and teaching academy, was designed by Frank Gehry, who was one of my professors at Harvard, and whose work I follow closely. The exterior is low key, albeit with such characteristic Gehry touches as a wave-like port cochere over the entry leading into a beautiful soaring atrium space with tumbling geometric forms. The interior of the main concert hall is very simple with the curving, sail-like panels soaring overhead.

Frank Gehry New World Symphony Miami Florida

Designed by Frank Gehry, the New World Center in Miami is home to the New World Symphony, a teaching orchestra for talented young musicians.

The atrium of Frank Gehry's New World Center

While the exterior of the center is quite subdued by Gehry standards, the atrium is full of characteristic overlapping curving shapes, which house practice rooms and rehearsal spaces for fellows of the orchestral academy.

The main auditorium at Frank Gehry's New World Center

The concert hall is a small gem. The stage is big enough for a symphony orchestra, but the audience area seats a mere 756. Soaring, wave-like panels hang from the ceiling to form an airy tent.

After the concert, we had dinner at Yuca (an acronym for Young Urban Cuban-Americans), which serves good Nuevo Latino cuisine.  During a day of shopping for mid-century stuff, we had lunch at Big Pink, which has the best sandwiches and salads on the beach. But perhaps our most memorable meal was at an exciting new restaurant and bar called Sustain. It’s all organic-farm-to-stylish-table, but they have a healthy take on corn dogs, meatball, fried chicken, etc. I had swordfish with chorizo and fava beans, which was really terrific.

Sustain Restaurant and Bar in Miami

Sustain Restaurant and Bar in Miami