Critic’s Choice

By Lawrence Budmen

Ted Hearne

Ted Hearne

For the past three seasons the New World Symphony’s “New Works” programs have offered an exhilarating mix of contemporary music, film, dance and even poetry and drama. This weekend’s installment again offers an adventurous menu for concertgoers.

While the appearance of pop star and University of Miami graduate Bruce Hornsby performing excerpts from his musical SCKBSTD (in new orchestral arrangements by Bruce Coughlin) may draw the most attention, the two orchestral pieces on the program explore audio-visual fusion and offer the work of a rising young composer.

Following up on their Gotham from 2009, composer Michael Gordon and filmmaker Bill Morrison return this weekend with the world premiere of another of their city symphony collaborations, El Sol Caliente.┬áThis time their subject is Miami Beach where Gordon grew up, the premiere coinciding with the city’s centennial celebration.

Also on the program is Dispatches by Ted Hearne, the latest piece to emerge from the New Voices project for young composers.

Michael Tilson Thomas conducts the New World Symphony in music of Ted Hearne, Bruce Hornsby and Michael Gordon 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the New World Center in Miami Beach. nws.edu; 305-673-3331.

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