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A bargain for Beethoven

Miami Beach's venerable New World Symphony will stage a string of on-the-cheap MetLife Mini-Concerts Friday and Saturday, the better to acquaint nonconsumers of classical music with the rich opuses of Beethoven and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov.

New World has programmed three half-hour shows for both nights, priced at $2.50 apiece and featuring a 71-member ensemble performance of Rimsky-Korsakov's "Capriccio Espagnol" and a 44-musician orchestrated version of Beethoven's "String Quartet in F minor, Op. 95, Serioso," as arranged by Gustav Mahler.

If $2.50 still seems too steep for an ensemble-backed performance, the symphony's popular "Wallcasts" return for New World's 25th season. The venue will project its Saturday mini-concert for free at 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Saturday on a 7,000-square-foot screen attached to the New World Center's facade.

"We started experimenting with this three years ago, trying to expose all the workers and shoppers on Lincoln Road to classic music for the first time, and who don't want to be stuck with an expensive ticket price," New World spokesman Craig Hall says. "We think it's been a success."

Friday, Nov. 2

7:30 p.m.: Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio Espagnol, Op. 34

8:30 p.m.: Beethoven arr. Mahler: String Quartet in F minor, Op. 95, "Serioso"

9:30 p.m.: Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio Espagnol, Op. 34

Saturday, Nov. 3

7:30 p.m.: Beethoven arr. Mahler: String Quartet in F minor, Op. 95, "Serioso"

8:30 p.m.: Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio Espagnol, Op. 34

9:30 p.m.: Beethoven arr. Mahler: String Quartet in F minor, Op. 95, "Serioso"

Call the New World Symphony at 305-673-3330 or go to Nws.edu.

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