Stéphane Denève has won critical acclaim for his first concert with Miami’s New World Symphony as their new Artistic Director. The celebration of his new role with ‘America’s Orchestral Academy’ took place at the New World Center on 8th April, with a programme featuring Dutilleux’s Métaboles, Strauss’ Ein Heldenleben, and Concerto No. 1: SERMON – a song cycle envisioned and performed by Davóne Tines assembling texts by James Baldwin, Langston Hughes and jessica Care moore together with vocal music by John Adams, Anthony Davis, Igee Dieudonné and Tines himself.

Lawrence Budman from South Florida Classical Review wrote:

“The Stéphane Denève era at the New World Symphony has begun…Conducting an enlarged orchestra that included 2 harps, 9 horns, 4 trombones and 5 trumpets, Denève led a cogent, well considered reading that was alive and vibrant. Denève’s conception allowed for spontaneity, flexibility and in-the-moment excitement without micro-managing details…The clear sense of engagement and rapport between conductor and orchestra permeated the entire concert. Clearly the New World Symphony has opened an exciting new era and artistic journey under Denève’s leadership.”

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