Tebar leads orchestra in two romantic symphonies during first concert at Benjamin Hall
Palm Beach, Fla. (January 28, 2016) – The Palm Beach Symphony brought the house down at Benjamin Hall in Palm Beach Gardens during its “Two German Romantics” concert on January 27, 2016. This was the Symphony’s first concert in northern Palm Beach County as well as the first professional concert performance for Benjamin Hall located at The Benjamin School. The two entities came together to bring classical music to this new, state-of-the-art-venue and reach a broader audience throughout the Palm Beaches. The result was an audience filled with parents, students, children, local city officials and an influx of new audience members in addition to the regular Symphony members for an enchanting evening of the classical arts.
Artistic & Music Director, Ramón Tebar, led the orchestra in a wonderfully romantic program specifically designed for this new venue. The audience was mesmerized by the lush, soaring melodies and rich textures of Schumann’s Symphony No. 1, Op. 38, and Brahms’ Symphony No. 4, Op. 98. The two symphonic masterpieces, written by famed German composer and protégé who were both in love with the same pianist, filled the new hall with awe and delight leading to a rousing standing ovation.
“What a spectacular introduction of the Palm Beach Symphony to our northern county supporters. Ramón delivered a beautiful program; we already have patrons asking for more,” said David McClymont, Executive Director of the Palm Beach Symphony. “We are grateful to see how the entire community and organization came together in an effort to help us expand our concerts and programs, and ignited our mission to bring classical music to the greater Palm Beaches.”
The Palm Beach Symphony will continue its community outreach on Feb. 28 with Harmony: An Exhibition of the Arts. The West Palm Beach Arts & Entertainment District will present an afternoon of the arts featuring Ballet Palm Beach and the Palm Beach Symphony at the Meyer Amphitheatre in downtown West Palm Beach. Set along the city’s stunning Waterfront, the free exhibition will entertain and engage the community with live performances by two acclaimed local cultural organizations.
Before the performance, Robert Goldberg, Head of The Benjamin School, welcomed the Palm Beach Symphony and the audience to the new hall for this much-anticipated, one-night only performance. Goldberg also commended the ongoing partnership between the two organizations including master classes with Benjamin students and Palm Beach Symphony musicians as part of the educational outreach programs.
Symphony members enjoyed a private dinner and cocktails prior to the concert at Café Chardonnay, one of the area’s most exquisite restaurants. The Palm Beach Symphony acknowledges The Gardens Mall and The Benjamin School for their support of this concert.