The annual New World Symphony gala is always a multilayered sensory experience, and this year’s The Art of the Possible soiree didn’t disappoint. Hosted by gala chairs Jeffrey and Lisa Akin, NWS Artistic Director Michael Tilson Thomas, soprano Jessye Norman and numerous fellows of the company, the evening raised more than $1 million for the student orchestra’s musician fellowship program.
As usual, attendance at the event was high. Among those in their black-tie best were philanthropist Sarah Arison, W South Beach owner David Edelstein, architect Chad Oppenheim and Design District honcho Craig Robins.
After a cocktail reception, guests were ushered into the concert hall of the New World Center for a performance by the symphony led by Thomas. Post-concert, guests enjoyed dinner by Thierry’s Catering, which began with a cylindrical vegetable salad encased in a crystal cloche filled with violet-scented fog. A surprise pop-up performance by a trio of NWS fellows kept guests entertained as they dined. Afterward, attendees headed back into the concert hall, which was transformed into a late-night lounge for the occasion, for dancing that lasted late into the night.
–Photography courtesy of the New World Symphony and Kristel Shelton