The South Florida Symphony Orchestra celebrates its new home, and a musical makes its world premiere at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach.
SFSO Enters a New World
SFSO recently announced its 25th anniversary season, but the biggest news was the symphony will make the New World Center its new Miami Beach home.
The New World Center, designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Frank Gehry, is an architectural landmark in the heart of South Beach. Its state-of-the-art acoustics, cutting-edge multimedia equipment, and dramatic views of the iconic Miami Beach Art Deco skyline will offer SFSO patrons an elevated musical experience and increased seating capacity, orchestra president Jacqueline Lorber promised in a statement.
A perennial favorite at its birthplace in Key West, SFSO was named a Partner in the Arts for The Parker in downtown Fort Lauderdale last year. The symphony performed to full houses during its inaugural season at the former Parker Playhouse, which had undergone a $30 million renovation in 2021.
Growing audiences in Miami necessitated a larger venue to accommodate patrons and funding for the move was provided by the Gerald L. Laskey Charitable Fund of the Community Foundation of Broward.
“In recent years, the momentum in Miami has continued to build, establishing the foundation to enter our next stage of growth at the New World Center…with an enthusiastic patron base and full support,” Lorber said. “We are grateful for the generosity and foresight of Gerald Laskey.”
The symphony’s 2022-23 season will include five masterworks concerts from November 2022 to April 2023, and the return of the holiday favorite, Handel’s “Messiah,” in December.
For a full schedule and tickets, go to SouthFloridaSymphony.org.
World Premiere in West Palm Beach
“Time Stops – A New Musical” will receive its world premiere July 15 to 17 at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach.
“Time Stops” is the story of a writer who desires to create a musical based on the life her late daughter never had a chance to experience. As she retreats further into her imaginary world, the people in her life find themselves at their own crossroads of unrealized dreams.
Featuring an original story by Bonnie Logan (“Boca Bound”) and led by an award-winning creative team, “Time Stops” is directed by Chad Larabee (“Drefus in Rehearsal,” “Ain’t We Got Fun”) with original music and musical direction by award-winning composer, Brett Boles (“Foreverman,” “Benjamin Button”). Grammy-nominated and Tony and Emmy Award-winning Broadway producer and music director Michael J. Moritz, Jr. (“Hadestown,” “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical”) serves as music supervisor for the production.
Tickets start at $45 at Kravis.org.