Miami’s multicultural vibe means that you can find a wide variety of musical styles including Latin, Afro-Cuban, jazz, rock, reggae, classical, dance music and more at music venues throughout Miami and Miami Beach. Each year, Ultra Music Festival brings thousands of electronic music fans to Miami’s Bicentennial Park for three days of concerts. Winter Music Conference (WMC) is one of the most acclaimed music industry gatherings in the US, with more than 200 artists, DJ and record company receptions and parties, and the premier international awards show for the dance music industry.
Miami is home to America’s premier orchestral academy, the New World Symphony, which performs at the Frank Gehry-designed New World Center on Miami Beach. The Cleveland Orchestra Miami boasts a year-round residence at Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, presenting an outstanding program of classic music in addition to community outreach events. The talent and diversity of Miami Symphony Orchestra (MISO) mirror this city’s own international and multicultural richness.
The Florida Grand Opera is the seventh oldest opera company in North America, founded as The Opera Guild of Greater Miami (later known as Greater Miami Opera Association) in 1941 by Arturo di Filippi, an accomplished tenor and voice teacher at the University of Miami. Performances take place at the Sanford and Dolores Ziff Ballet Opera House at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County.
Smaller ensembles and organizations such as the South Beach Chamber Ensemble, Miami Civic Music Association, Chopin Foundation of the United States and the Miami Bach Society continue to enrich Miami’s classical music scene. Annual Miami music festivals include Festival Miami organized by University of Miami’s Frost School of Music, the Tropical Baroque Music Festival and Mainly Mozart. Every November, the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau organizes Miami Live Music Month, with great live shows and special events at Miami’s live music clubs and venues.