PALM BEACH, FL (Dec. 12, 2014) – Piano majors at Bak Middle School of the Arts in West Palm Beach now have a baby grand piano in their classroom thanks to the Palm Beach Symphony. The formal Baldwin piano came to the Symphony through the estate of stalwart Symphony supporter, Helen Bernstein, who passed away last summer.
Palm Beach Symphony member and Bernstein’s daughter, Dorian Baldwin, along with Symphony executive director, David McClymont, made the presentation to the Bak class of piano majors and their teacher, Estibaliz Gastesi-Latorre. According to Gatesi-Latorre, the timing was perfect as the public arts school was looking for a replacement teaching piano. Interestingly, Bernstein was friends with the school’s namesake and donor, Dora Bak, who is also a Palm Beach Symphony Diamond Benefactor after leaving the Symphony a $1 million endowment.
“We are thrilled to make this donation through our Educational Outreach Program, made possible by the Symphony’s recently established Paul and Sandra Goldner Conservatory of Music,” noted McClymont. “From performing children’s concerts to supplying instruments, the Palm Beach Symphony is committed to promoting the benefits of music in our schools and investing in future generations. Through our educational outreach, we have the ability to provide inspiration and foster an enduring love of classical music.”
Funded by a $25,000 match grant, the Palm Beach Symphony has the opportunity to share the gift of music through the Paul and Sandra Goldner Conservatory of Music. The grant allows for the continuation and introduction of vital educational outreach programs like children’s concerts and side-by-side concerts with Symphony members. It offers teacher resources like instruments, music libraries and artist-in-residence programs.
Bak Middle School of the Arts, which serves all of Palm Beach County, is supported by their own Foundation. The Foundation’s mission is to develop permanent resources to ensure world-class standards of excellence in arts and academics at Bak Middle School of the Arts. The Foundation’s purpose is to identify and secure resources to meet needs beyond those that can be funded by the Palm Beach County School District. In keeping with the district’s magnet goals, the Foundation provides funding and volunteer support for Bak’s efforts to promote and expand diversity, improve achievement and focus on a unique arts curriculum. Bak MSOA serves over 1,350 students a year from across Palm Beach County.
About the Palm Beach Symphony: Founded in 1974, 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 Symphony performs in a variety of historically important venues including Bethesda-By-The-Sea, Henry Morrison Flagler Museum, Mar-a-Lago and The Society of the Four Arts.