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WSVN -- It's out with the old and in with the new: New World Symphony.

After 23 years, the NWS is leaving its old spot on Lincoln Road and moving into its new mega home on 17th Street in Miami Beach.

Stacey Glassman, Friends of the New World Symphony: "I call this a major upgrade."

That's for sure. The New World Symphony Center is two and a half times the size of the old Lincoln Theater.

The whole idea behind this new place is to make audiences feel a part of the music, and the new concert hall does just that.

Howard Herring, President, New World Symphony: "This is really a 21st century laboratory. There are four satellite platforms for small ensembles, so you can play full orchestra and move to a soloist with only a change of light."

Some of the seating can be folded up too, so there's space to dance. Yes, they now encourage dancing at some of their concerts and will even turn the hall into an adult music lounge called "Pulse."

Stacey Glassman: "It's a fluid, choreographed evening of music, dance, video and art. Guests will arrive at 10, the lights will be down and video art will be up. There will be bars set up in the hall."

There's a stunning rooftop garden with views of the ocean and city to mix and mingle in before and after shows.

Howard Herring: "We have turned the building inside out."

For all us regular folks, the most exciting part is the public park in front of the building called "Sound Scape." Out there, musical programs can be projected on the side of the building and on screens in the park.

Howard Herring: "Everything that happens in this performance hall can also go into the park, so for free, on any old Saturday night, you can come to this park and hear the symphony play."

Even if you think you can't afford, or even like, classical music, that's where the new world attitude comes in.

Stacey Glassman: "New World Symphony wants to be accessible and inclusive. We are offering $2.50 concerts. I think that's good for anyone's budget. And they are 30-minute concerts."

Chances are, you will hear something you'll really love.

Howard Herring: "We play standard repertoire, but we play a great deal of new and experimental music. You can come and hear something as avant-garde as you might hear at a rock 'n' roll concert, and you can turn around the next night and hear Mozart."

Who knew classical music could be so cool.

Belkys Nerey: "The grand opening is next Tuesday, Jan. 25."

FOR MORE INFORMATION:New World Symphony500 17th StreetMiami Beach, FL 33139305-673-3331http://www.nws.edu/

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