- $15 for one general admission ticket (up to $31 value)
Encounters: The Lure of the Latin
- The Theme: This raucous musical adventure explores what happens when four famed French, German, Italian, and Russian composers eschew their standard patriotic compositional pursuits to explore the panache and sultry sounds of Latin America
- The Highlights: The fiery dances of George Bizet’s Carmen and a tantalizing take on Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s Capriccio Espagnol
- The Talent: Award-winning conductor Christian Reif leads the esteemed symphony; author/broadcaster Jamie Bernstein host the program and narrates from the stage, providing context and history for the music
New World Symphony
Most people would feel spread thin if they were running orchestras on both sides of the country. But most people aren't Michael Tilson Thomas. One of America's most famous conductors, composers, and tuxedo-wearers, Tilson Thomas has remained the artistic director of the New World Symphony since he founded it in 1987, even after becoming musical director of the San Francisco Symphony in 1995. This is because the Miami-based orchestra feeds a need for Tilson Thomas: that of remaining at the forefront of symphonic trends, in a laboratory where top musical graduates can explore performance and compositional opportunities. But new works from students and professionals aren't the only thing on the New World Symphony's docket—every year, ticket-holders can expect a thrilling lineup of the classical masters who built the genre.