October 14, 2016
2016-17 NWS WALLCAST™ Concerts, Presented by Citi
Led by Co-Founder and Artistic Director Michael Tilson Thomas (MTT), the New World Symphony, America’s Orchestral Academy, launches the fifth season of its WALLCAST™ concert series, presented by Citi, on Saturday, October 15.
The series features 11 concerts projected on the 7,000-square-foot eastern façade of the New World Center for audiences in adjacent SoundScape Park. WALLCAST™ concert audiences will experience audio through more than 160 Meyer Sound speakers for an immersive sound experience described by The New York Times writer Anthony Tommasini as “the best outdoor amplification I have ever heard.” This season, the WALLCAST™ experience is enhanced by the installation of a dozen 4K Ultra-High-Definition (UHD) cameras inside the concert hall, in partnership with Hitachi Kokusai Electric America, completing the first phase in an end-to-end 4K upgrade of NWS’s video infrastructure.
The WALLCAST™ concert series launch also commences the first full season of NWS’s Sensory Friendly Environment (SFE), which offers children and adults with Sensory Processing and Autism Spectrum Disorders the opportunity for a full concert experience in conjunction with each WALLCAST™ concert in a space that caters to their special needs. Through these new initiatives, NWS reinforces its commitment to community engagement and audience diversity.
Each WALLCAST™ concert is free to the public and does not require a ticket.
For the WALLCAST™ season opener, MTT leads performances of Brahms’ Variations on a Theme of Haydn, Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 14, Schoenberg’s Piano Concerto, and Richard Strauss’ Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks, with pianist Emanuel Ax featured as the evening’s guest soloist. The 2016-17 WALLCAST™ series also features MTT conducting works by Beethoven, Britten, Delius, Mahler and Mendelssohn, among other composers; guest soloists James Ehnes (violin), Ingrid Fliter (piano), Christian Tetzlaff (violin), Lydia Teuscher (soprano) and Alisa Weilerstein (cello); and guest conductors James Conlon, Bernard Labadie, Juanjo Mena, Peter Oundjian and Dean Whiteside, who lead the NWS in a range of repertoire from the Baroque to the modern. Special themed performances include the annual “Sounds of the Season” holiday concert, a Concerto Showcase featuring NWS Fellows as soloists and the MTT-led Side-by-Side concert, in which young instrumentalists (grades 7-12) perform alongside NWS Fellows. Please click here for the complete series schedule.