A dreamy night became a reality as guests stepped into Henry Flagler’s Gilded Age estate for the Palm Beach Symphony’s “Midnight Reveries” themed Gala. The opulence and grandeur of the famed Flagler Museum, up-lit in blue, was the setting for an elegant evening of dinner and dancing to live music and a live auction featuring a “Spanish Rendezvous in Barcelona.”
The black-tie affair featured a cocktail reception in the Grand Hall and a live auction of three exquisite experiences, highlighted by a concert in Spain. The once-in-a-lifetime trip included the Symphony’s Spanish-born Artistic & Music Director, Ramón Tebar, conducting Joshua Bell in concert with the Barcelona Symphony and Catalonia National Orchestra at L’Auditori in Barcelona this October. In addition, a private dinner with Maestro Tebar, backstage meet and greet with the performers, behind-the-scenes access to the dress rehearsal, private transfers and three-nights at a five-star luxury hotel comprised this experiential opportunity.
Arlette Gordon and Elizabeth Bowden chaired the sold-out event in honor and memory of stalwart Palm Beach Symphony supporter, Helen Bernstein, who served as Symphony Gala chairwoman for several years alongside this season’s Honorary Chairs, Bernadene Rand-Mileti and Doris Hastings.
“It is encouraging to see the support for this special night that we have dedicated to our dear friend, Helen Bernstein,” noted Gordon. “The annual Gala is an opportunity to help the Palm Beach Symphony sustain the world-class symphonic music that it has been providing for over 40 years. I am thankful to the other Chairs, the committee, Symphony staff and our gracious sponsors for this evening’s success.”
Among the guests in attendance were Ann and Baxter Webb, Patricia and Howard Lester, Elizabeth Remmert, Doris Hastings, James Borynack, JoAnne and Lowell Jaeger, Diana Paxton, Yolande de Bonvouloir, Helene Karp, Brownie McLean, Bobo and Charles McKenney, Barbara Gilbert, Anneliese Langner, Gail Worth, Arthur Benjamin, Margarit and Richard Lynn, Marietta and Dale McNulty, Peggy and William Johnson, Lynn and Robert Mackle, Sandra and Paul Goldner, Leslie Blum, Ramón Tebar, Joanne and Howard Lyboldt, Gaye and James Engel, Mercedes Cassidy, Nannette Cassidy, Hermé de Wyman Miro, Gina and Jeff Sabean, Cari Rentas, Carolyn Broadhead, Peter Heydon, Debra and Todd Barron, Charles Miller, Andrew Lloyd von Gelt, Leslie Rose, John Herrick, Robin Reardon, Donna Plasket and David Breneman.
Sponsors included NIC Holding Corp., Wally Findlay Galleries, Nicolas Feuillatte, First Republic and The Gardens Mall.
All proceeds go towards the Palm Beach Symphony’s mission to engage, educate and entertain the greater community of the Palm Beaches through live performances of inspiring orchestral music.