By Daniela Ortega, Contributing Reporter
MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA – The Late Night New World Symphony (NWS) events are back with Skulls* & Bones, a Halloween concert and party. Skulls* & Bones starts with a concert at 9PM in the New World Center at 500 17th Street, followed by a Dia de los Muertos-themed after-party at the National Hotel at 1677 Collins Avenue.
The concert is directed by conductor Steve Hackman and will be a mix of classical and pop music. Hackman is know for matching and mixing Brahms with Radiohead, Tchaikovsky with Drake, Beethoven with Coldplay, and so on.
The event will also feature DJ sets, dancing, dynamic lighting and videos, and a ‘signature potion’ for guests to quench their thirst in this ‘dark and twisted Late Night at the NWS’.
Craig Hall, VP for Audience Engagement, Research and Design in NWS, commented on the effects of these programs, “They create new audiences not only for the NWS, but for classical music. Many of the people that come to these events have never been to a classical music concert.”
He continued, “It’s a deeply engaging, immersive cultural experience. It’s also one of the only places in the world where the audience has the ability to actually go inside the orchestra, the audience is actually ‘in’ the performance.”
About the return of the Late Night events, Hall shared, “This is the first time we’ve ever presented a Halloween-themed Late Night event. […] So we’re encouraging people to wear their most interesting and creative Halloween costumes, and to see what happens.”
After the concert, attendees are encouraged to walk over the “National Haunted Hotel” where they will enjoy free admission, a welcome glass of Prosecco, and $10 signature Skull & Bones cocktails from 11PM until 2AM.
The National Hotel historic art deco property offers the haunted vibes and fun spirits (the liquid kind) needed to keep Halloween alive for one more night, with music provided by Rick Leonard and Mailyn Soulfree.