ArtSpeak: Miami’s New World Symphony begins its 36th season with a new artistic director

Stéphane Denéve is the new artistic director of the New World Symphony (NWS), music director of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and will also be principal guest conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic.

The New World Symphony’s season-opening concert is on Saturday, September 16th, which will include a pre-concert champagne toast, to celebrate the launch of Stéphane Denève’s first full season as Artistic Director of NWS.

Inspired by Miami’s landscape, Denève has curated an evening of imaginative video art and symphonic seascapes from Debussy, Britten and more. Denève will lead the Fellows in Jacques Ibert’s Escales (Ports of Call), Benjamin Britten’s “Four Sea Interludes” from Peter Grimes and a performance of Claude Debussy’s “La Mer,” complemented by visuals inspired by poetry and paintings. Chinese-born conductor and composer Molly Turner, NWS’s first-ever female conducting fellow, will open the program with Adolphus Hailstork’s An American Port of Call.

Watch the entire engaging video conversation with Stéphane Denève on the website of our sister publication, ArtSpeak:’s

Gabriela Jelisse Fuentes Villafañe was born and raised in Puerto Rico. She moved to the United States when she was 12 years old. She is currently majoring in Broadcast Journalism, concentrating in Spanish. She hopes to be part of big Latino TV channels like Univision or Telemundo.