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.