Palm Beach Symphony Annual Gala Raises $125K

Members and guests support Symphony’s educational and community outreach programs
at elegant Spanish-themed evening

Palm Beach, Fla. (February 16, 2016) – The Palm Beach Symphony transformed the Flagler Museum into a Spanish daydream for its 2016 annual gala, Midnight Reveries: A Night in España, on Monday, February 15, 2016. Over 200 members and guests enjoyed a whimsical evening with cocktails, dinner, dancing, and a live auction at the Spanish-themed evening, reminiscent of the childhood setting that inspired the Symphony’s Artistic & Music Director, Ramón Tebar. The elegant affair raised over $125,000 to help fulfill the Symphony’s mission of cultivating classical music throughout the greater Palm Beaches as well as grow its community and educational outreach programs.

Guests were greeted by dancers in flamenco costumes and cocktails in the Great Hall followed by dinner in the West Room fully adorned with regal red Spanish accents and finishing touches to complete the night’s theme. Highlights of the evening included performances by Palm Beach Symphony’s principal cellist, Claudio Jaffe, and guest artist, Dr. Rene Gonzalez, which quieted the room with riveting solo pieces. The evening closed with lively music by the Bob Hardwick Band and guests dancing into the midnight hour.

Dale McNulty, Palm Beach Symphony board president, welcomed guests and thanked the gala chairs, Mary and Don Thompson, along with honorary chairs, Arlette Gordon and Dr. Elizabeth Bowden, for creating a spectacular evening in honor and memory of Dr. Ray Robinson, the former music director and general manager of the Palm Beach Symphony. McNulty also presented special guest, the Hon. Cándido Creis, Consul General of Spain in Miami, with one of Ramón Tebar’s conductor batons in appreciation of his support and devotion not only to Tebar’s talent but also to the Palm Beach Symphony.

“This is an exciting year for the Palm Beach Symphony,” noted David McClymont, Executive Director of the Palm Beach Symphony. “With the support of our members and the community, we continue to expand our reach through increased student programs, free community concerts and new venues, ensuring a future for the classical arts in Palm Beach County.”

Guests in attendance at the gala included Dale and Marietta McNulty, Don and Mary Thompson, Charles and Ann Johnson, Peter Heydon, Don Ephraim and Maxine Marks, James Borynack, Adolfo Zaralegui, Arthur Benjamin, Gail Worth, Ellis and Nancy Parker, Don and Nancy Kempf, Ruby Rinker, Joseph Andrew and Carol Hays, Sandra and Paul Goldner, Leonard and Norma Klorfine, Lois Pope and Dr. Robert Mackler, Doris Hastings, Leslie Blum, Phil Reagan, Gary Lachman, and Stephen and Christina LaForte.

The Symphony thanks the Grand Maestro Benefactor Sponsor, Wally Findlay Galleries for their generosity and support of the gala.

Single tickets and subscriptions are on sale for the remaining 2015-2016 season. Performances this season include Fantastique Evening on Mar. 16, and Monumental Engagement Apr. 10 with Lola Astanova. Additionally, memberships are offered at a variety of levels from $1,000 to $25,000. Palm Beach Symphony members enjoy exclusive events as well as social dining experiences with each performance at some of Palm Beach County’s best restaurants such as Café Boulud, Club Colette, Café Chardonnay and Mar-a-Lago. For more information on tickets and membership opportunities, please contact the Palm Beach Symphony at 561.655.2657 or info@palmbeachsymphony.org.

About the Palm Beach Symphony
The mission of the Palm Beach Symphony is to engage, educate and entertain the greater community of the Palm Beaches through live performances of inspiring orchestral music. The Palm Beach Symphony was founded in 1974 in recognition of the need for a professional orchestra in Palm Beach. The Symphony performs in a variety of historically important and modern venues including the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Art, the Henry Morrison Flagler Museum, Mar-a-Lago, The Society of the Four Arts and Benjamin Hall. For more information, visit http://palmbeachsymphony.org/

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