Best World Music Venue - 2009
Peter Norton Symphony Space
One of the most grandiose neon marquees in New York can be found far from the perennial noon of Times Square—it's in the Upper West Side, nestled among the strollers and Starbucks—hawking the Peter Norton Symphony Space, a beautiful, modern concert hall that hardly needs the introduction. The broad room is best known as the home of the InterSchool Orchestras of New York and Arturo O'Farrill's Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra (see the latter immediately), but it's also the central point for much of the World Music Institute's sensational, globe-spanning efforts, from African drum and dance to Hawaiian lute. Does the world come to New York? We residents sure like to think so. But now, we may actually have proof.