• The symphony brings Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Bach and more to life in the heart of Lincoln Road
  • Enjoy an evening picnic under the starts set to a classical score

There are many reasons why no visit to Miami would be complete without a night at the New World Symphony. First, there’s the orchestra’s location—right in the heart of the Lincoln Road pedestrian thoroughfare, smack in the middle of Miami’s best shopping and eating. Then, there’s the New World Center—the Symphony’s stunning home and performance space, designed by Frank Gehry. Then, there’s the orchestra itself—which, under the guidance of artistic director Michael Tilson Thomas, serves as the training ground for the next generation of classical giants in America, if not the world. Founded in 1987, the Symphony is unique in that all of its musicians are also students: they study and practice by day, and perform to adoring crowds by night. This year’s season kicks off in October with a program rich in Brahms, Tchaikovsky, and Bach (and guest performers such as Pinchas Zukerman on violin). And best of all, many of the Symphony’s most popular performances are part of its Wallcast series—a totally one-of-a-kind event whereby an actual concert is broadcast live outside on a 7,000-square-foot projection wall. Pack blankets and a picnic dinner—perhaps ultra-fresh salads and sandwiches from The Café at Books & Books just over on Lincoln Road—and make Wallcast a true all-night event.

Find the New World Center in South Beach, on the east end of Lincoln Road. It’s located at the intersection of 17th Street and Washington Avenue. The concert hall has a great lawn space with sidewalks that wind through unique, tree-like installations. Find The Cafe at Books & Books on Lincoln Road, just a few blocks down, between Michigan and Jefferson Avenues.

​​NEW WORLD SYMPHONY: 500 17th St.; 305-673-3330;​

​​BOOKS & BOOKS: 927 Lincoln Rd.; 305-532-3222;​