Passing it On: Thirty Years of Musical Innovation
The New World Symphony's 30th Anniversary Gala
Michael Tilson Thomas and Sarah Arison

New World Symphony, America's Orchestral Academy (NWS), hosted its coveted 30th Anniversary Gala, presented by Gala Chairs Sarah Arison and Thomas Wilhelm. The black-tie affair raised the most funds in all of NWS history, which will go directly towards supporting its fellowship program, its work in the community and innovative programming. The evening also paid tribute to composter Leonard Bernstein in the centennial of his birth with a special performance led by Founder and Artistic Director, Michael Tilson Thomas (MTT).

Titled "Passing It On: Thirty Years of Musical Innovation," the gala took place at the iconic Frank Gehry-designed New World Center. The evening began with a light cocktail reception where guests raised their glasses to the organization's many accomplishments. Patrons were then ushered into the concert hall, where they were treated to an impressive all-Bernstein program by the New World Symphony Fellows, MTT and three special guest vocalists: Alexandra Silber, Jessica Vosk and Tony Yazbeck. The program featured an exciting variety of works, from Yazbeck's "Lucky to be Me" and Vosk's "I Can Cook Too," to select audience favorites from West Side Story. A marquee moment of the evening was Sarah Arison's powerful speech honoring her grandparents and co-founders of NWS, Ted and Lin Arison. The Gala Chair reflected on her experience with the organization and its growth in the past three decades.

Following the performance, Thierry Isambert Culinary and Event Design staged a seated dinner throughout the New World Center, treating guests to a delectable three-course meal with a myriad of fantastic cuisine options. After the affair, Gala patrons danced the night away at an exclusive late-night after party with live performances by musical guests Michael Andrew and the Atomic Big Band and Picadillo.

All proceeds from the 30th Anniversary Gala benefit New World Symphony's mission to prepare young musicians for careers in the world of classical music and provide meaningful cultural programs to the South Florida community. Platinum Sponsors for the evening included Miami Cancer Institute and Carnival Cruise Lines, and gala sponsors included Bacardi, CULTURED Magazine and Total Wine and More.

Notable guests included Sarah Arison and Thomas Wilhelm, Gala Chairs; Michael Tilson Thomas, NWS Founder and Artistic Director; New World Symphony Fellows; Alexandra Sibler, vocalist; Jessica Vosk, vocalist; Tony Yazbeck, vocalist.

Jon & Nancy Batchelor and Ron & Rita Magill

Picadillo Performing at the After Party

Alberto Ibarguen

Ana & Neisen Kasdin

Huang and Diane & Alan Lieberman

Tracy Corwin, Thomas Wilhelm, Sarah Arison and Sue Kronick

Danet Linares and Matt Haggman

Dianne & Andrew France

Thomas Wilhelm and Sarah Arison

Constance Collins and
Martin Margulies

Michael Tilson Thomas and New World Symphony Fellows

Sarah Arison, Bernardo Fort Brescia
and Laurinda Spear

Rich Kohan and MM Taub

Jane Wooldridge and Sarah Arison

New World Symphony Stage

Marcia Martinez and Michael Laas

New World Center

Edward Shumsky

Mr. and Mrs. Rob Friezo

Jerry Katcher and Neisen Kasdin

Dinner at New World Symphony's 30th Anniversary Gala

Jama Haley, Brian Haynes and Calyn Haley

Donald & Judy Lefton

Jorge & Amanda Mejia with Douglas Merilatt

Judy Weiser with Andrew & Ronni Smulian

Lally Adames, Ira Birns, Leni Adames
and Marcos Neukrichner

Manuel & Karla Rocha and Josh Friedman

Patricia & William Kleh

Thomas Wilhelm, Sarah Arison, Sue Kronick and Edward Shumsky

Tracy Corwin with Bill & Clare Banchs

Whitney Kimmel and Guests

Xavier Gonzalez-Sanfeliu, Florencia Jimenez Marcos
and Johana & JD Henao