Second Annual Children’s Concert teaches through a ‘piece of fun’
PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL (November 25, 2013) – The Palm Beach Symphony gave area school teachers the morning off recently when they presented their second annual children’s concert for hundreds of Palm Beach County students at the Eissey Theatre in Palm Beach Gardens. The concert offered a fun learning experience as the orchestra brought symphonic music to life through an engaging performance of Camille Saint-Saën’s “The Carnival of the Animals.”
Narrated by Dale McNulty, Palm Beach Symphony board president, the humorous musical suite delighted and inspired 3rd through 6th graders with violins, cellos, piccolos, glockenspiels and such; while the story of a girl named Nat and animals including a swan, an ostrich, a frog and even a manatee transported the audience through a magical journey of storytelling and dancing to each movement. The second annual concert was offered free to the school system as part of the Symphony’s children’s education programming.
A brief introduction of the orchestra’s instruments kicked off the performance conducted by Zoe Zeniodi which concluded with a Q&A session with librettist Jerry Opdenaker. The event was performed in collaboration with Reach & O Dance Companies providing professional dancers and the barrage of zoological sort across the stage bringing laughter and excitement to the attentive students.
“It was thrilling to see the children so absorbed with the performance,” noted David McClymont, executive director of the Palm Beach Symphony. “We hope to expand our children’s program next year and bring this incredible learning opportunity to every child in Palm Beach County. Our non-profit organization is committed to music education and we are most grateful to our generous donors for keeping the arts alive for our schools and making this a possibility in our community.”
The event’s sponsors included Sandra and Paul Goldner and Doris Hastings. Additional support was given by the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County and Publix Charities.
Celebrating their 40th anniversary season, 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’s music & artistic director, Ramón Tebar, will conduct five