Miami, FL – February 11, 2017 – New World Symphony, America’s Orchestral Academy, held its highly anticipated annual Gala in celebration of the organization’s 29 years of community engagement. The gala paid tribute to its Founder and Artistic Director, Michael Tilson Thomas, with a special appearance by six-time Tony Award-winner and recent National Medal of Arts honoree, Audra McDonald. Sponsored by Volvo, Bacardi and Total Wine & More, the evening began with a cocktail reception where guests toasted to the organization’s innovative accomplishments. Volvo, the new Official Automobile of the New World Symphony, presented an impressive display of their luxury vehicles. The marquee moment of the evening was the performance by the New World Symphony Fellows, Audra McDonald and MTT himself. Following the performance, Gala Chairs Stephen and Sabine Bittel joined guests for a seated dinner staged throughout the New World Center. To top off the affair, gala patrons continued the evening at an exclusive late night after party with musical guest Michael Andrew Big Band. All proceeds from the 29th annual Gala benefit New World Symphony’s mission to provide meaningful cultural programs to the South Florida community, while preparing young musicians for careers in the world of classical music.

Craig Robins, Jessica & Franklin Sirmans

Marvin Ross Friedman & Edward Shumsky

Edward Shumsky & Susan Kronick

Sarah Arison & Susan Kronick

Tui Pranich, Petra Levin, Diane & Alan Lieberman

Saskia French & Petra Levin

Suzy Buckley Woodward & Luis Rigual

Rita & Ron Magill

Stephany Kim & Iva Kosović

Iran Issa Khan & Tui Pranich

Stephen Bittel, Monica Russo, & Sabine Bittel

Stephen & Sabine Bittel

Sara Solomon, Tracey Corwin, & Kellen French

J Alford Flippin & Rosemarie Metzger

Jill & Eric Barton

Mark Niehaus & Lisa Voyapek

Pablo & Christina Estades

Deniz Dosdogru, Amelia Perea, & Samantha Bravo

Thomas & Saskia French

Linus Ilario Spano & Marina del Rosario Huang

David Himmel, Elizabeth Ferritto, Tripp & Jen Davis

Kim, Brian, & Rose Kabot

Patricia Kleh, Patrick & Camille McDowell, & Willam Kleh

Sheryl Larchu, Alison Cooper, Jennifer & Abel Aluart, Nina Wood Charles, & Nathan Charles

Susan Kronick, Edward Shumsky, Franklin & Jessica Sirmans

Adrienne bon Haes & Marvin Ross Friedman

Sabine & Stephen Bittel