New World Symphony Advances Classical Music Into The Digital Age With New Investment From The Knight Foundation


Announcement of the New World Symphony

As Miami’s New World Symphony (NWS) kicked off its 2022-2023 season and a new artistic director began his tenure, The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation announced a $10 million investment to help expanding the symphony’s Knight New Media Center and its pioneering work in integrating technology with music performance, education and community engagement.

Knight’s new investment will expand NWS’ transformational work with its fellows, staff and alumni. Together they participate in a unique music lab, enabled by the Knight New Media Center, that is reimagining the future of classical music in a digital world. Additionally, NWS will leverage Knight’s new investment to push the boundaries of artistic expression.

“For nearly twenty years, we have sought to make art mainstream in Miami,” said Alberto Ibargüen, president of the Knight Foundation. “It means sharing music, art and literature that moves, inspires and includes us all, and helps build the new Miami. In our increasingly digital society, no one has done more than New World Symphony to achieve this goal of an engaged community.

Powered by investments from Knight and support from other donors, NWS offers musicians, concert producers and audiences new models for how music is taught, presented and experienced.

“Digital capture, editing, distribution and dialogue are changing the imagination of musicians and the sensory experience of audiences,” said NWS President and CEO Howard Herring. “T, We are reimagining our work in the service of classical music. And to highlight Knight’s cumulative investments, we are naming our physical and virtual platforms John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Stage. From our beginnings, Knight has been both a creative thinking partner and investor in our efforts.

Stephane Deve succeeds Michael Tilson Thomas as Artistic Director, becoming the second person to hold this position in the orchestra’s 35-year history.

About the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

As social investors, the Knight Foundation supports democracy by funding free speech and journalism, arts and culture in the community, research in media and democracy, and in the success of American cities and towns where the Knight brothers once published newspapers. Learn more about and follow @chevalierfdn on social networks.

About the New World Symphony

The New World Symphony, America’s Orchestral Academy, prepares graduates of music programs for leadership roles in professional orchestras and ensembles. In the 35 years since its co-founding by award-winning artistic director Michael Tilson Thomas and Lin and Ted Arison, NWS has helped launch the careers of more than 1,200 alumni worldwide. A laboratory of how music is taught, presented and experienced, the New World Symphony is made up of young musicians who benefit from scholarships of up to three years. The Fellowship Program provides in-depth exposure to traditional and modern repertoire, professional development training, and personalized experiences working with leading guest conductors, soloists, and guest teachers. Relationships with these artists are extended through NWS’ extensive distance learning via the Internet. NWS Fellows take advantage of the innovative performance facilities and state-of-the-art practice and ensemble rooms at the Frank Gehry-designed New World Center, the campus of the New World Symphony. Learn more about

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