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CONCERT FOR KIDS: A MUSICAL PASSPORT
New World Center
All aboard! Explore the wonders of the world without leaving Miami Beach’s world-famous New World Center. NWS’s new Conducting Fellow Chad Goodman leads a musical trip of a lifetime, collecting passport stamps in Bernstein’s New York, Tchaikovsky’s Russia, Sowande’s Africa, Sibelius’ Finland, Ginastera’s Argentina, Kim’s South Korea and more. Open a child’s ears to a global adventure – no “are we there yet?” needed. Bon voyage!
Concerts for Kids are designed with young ones—ages four to nine—in mind. Arrive early to experience a variety of activities by local partners and NWS’s Instrument Zoo!
These performances will be sensory-friendly. We welcome children with Sensory Processing Disorders and Autism Spectrum Disorders to experience the concert live in the hall. Noise-reduction headsets and a quiet room will be available.
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Leonard Bernstein: The Great Lover from Three Dance Episodes from On The Town
Fela Sowande: Onipe from African Suite for String Orchestra
Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Scherzo from Symphony No. 4
Giacomo Puccini: Intermezzo from Suor Angelica
Jean Sibelius: Excerpt from Finlandia
Johann Strauss, Jr.: Thunder and Lightning
Texu Kim: Dub-Sanjo
Alberto Ginastera: Malambo from Four Dances from Estancia
Chad Goodman serves as the Conducting Fellow of the New World Symphony and as an Assistant Conductor to the San Francisco Symphony. With a flair for inventive programming and a bold presence on stage and in the community, he has been praised for "bringing innovation to classical music" (Forbes).
Mr. Goodman designs and presents programs which reimagine how orchestras connect with their audiences. His 2019 education program, “SPARK: How Composers Find Inspiration,” blended captivating light design and videography with engaging audience participation to explore how a composition is created and brought to life by an orchestra. In his first season as Conducting Fellow at NWS, he conducted on nearly a dozen programs and worked closely with Artistic Director Michael Tilson Thomas, sharing the podium with him on three programs.
Since 2018, Mr. Goodman has served as an Assistant Conductor to the San Francisco Symphony, assisting Esa-Pekka Salonen, Manfred Honeck, Daniel Harding, Pablo Heras-Casado, Simone Young and James Gaffigan, among others.
As Founder and Artistic Director of Elevate Ensemble, Mr. Goodman’s ambitious vision for concert programming resulted in the pairing of music from Bay Area composers with underappreciated gems of the 20th and 21st centuries. Under his leadership, Elevate Ensemble established a Composer-in-Residence program and commissioned 15 works from Bay Area composers.
Elevate collaborated with photographers, videographers, poets and culinary artists, bringing new music and vibrant multi-genre experiences to unique venues such as yoga studios, historic Victorian homes and art studio warehouses.
Mr. Goodman has previously served as Music Director of the Contra Costa Chamber Orchestra and Assistant Conductor of the Peninsula Symphony. He has been a conducting fellow for the Atlantic Music Festival, a rehearsal and cover conductor for the San Francisco Ballet, and has collaborated with composer Mason Bates on his electronica-classical music project, Mercury Soul.
In addition to his performing career, Mr. Goodman has discussed the future of live performance as a panelist at Meyer Sound Laboratories and taught young musicians the business and entrepreneurial skills needed to successfully navigate the world as a working musician in his workshop “You Just Earned a Music Degree. Now What?”
Mr. Goodman holds a bachelor of music degree from the Eastman School of Music and a master of music degree from San Francisco State University. His mentors include Michael Tilson Thomas, Alasdair Neale, Cyrus Ginwala and Martin Seggelke.