WEST PALM BEACH ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICT PRESENTS SECOND ANNUAL HARMONY: AN EXHIBITION OF THE ARTS

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (February 15, 2017) ­– Two of the area’s most renowned cultural organizations — Ballet Palm Beach and the Palm Beach Symphony – are working in harmony for a special performance on the waterfront, titled Harmony: An Exhibition of the Arts.  Starting at 2 p.m. on Sunday, February 26 at the Meyer Amphitheatre, the free, two-hour outdoor show is being presented by the West Palm Beach Arts & Entertainment District (A&E District), which is comprised of more than 20 distinct and distinguished cultural venues including Palm Beach Symphony. Other sponsors of the second annual show include the West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority.

“Our arts and cultural community continues to generate a great deal of interest and enthusiasm, positioning Downtown West Palm Beach as a destination with powerful appeal,” said Raphael Clemente, Executive Director of the West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority. “This unique event brings together two of our area’s world-class performing arts institutions for one entertaining afternoon, all set along our stunning waterfront.”

The Jupiter Middle School Chamber Choir will kick-off the afternoon with an a cappella performance of the national anthem. Palm Beach Symphony will then present an exciting and powerful program including Khachaturian’s Sabre Dance, Shostakovich’s Festive Overture, and the first movement of Dvorak’s Cello Concerto with internationally renowned cello virtuoso, Amit Peled, among other selections. Ramon Tebar, artistic and music director of the Palm Beach Symphony and an internationally recognized conductor, will oversee the orchestra during the second annual event. In collaboration with Ballet Palm Beach, who will perform the iconic piece The Dying Swan, the symphony along with Peled will perform the gorgeous music of Saint-Saëns. The audience will also enjoy a new ballet choreographed to Khachaturian’s Masquerade Waltz featuring colorful costumes created just for the occasion.

“Similar to last year’s successful debut, Harmony will give the public a world-class concert right in their backyard, allowing everyone to enjoy an unbelievable performance in a community setting,” said David McClymont, Palm Beach Symphony’s Executive Director. “The setting makes for a perfect afternoon for all ages and provides an opportunity to experience the arts in different way,” said Colleen Smith, Artistic Director of Ballet Palm Beach.

Harmony will take place Sunday, February 26 from 2 – 4 p.m. at the Meyer Amphitheatre located at 105 Evernia St. Guests are encouraged to bring a blanket, picnic basket and enjoy an afternoon of music and dance al fresco! This year, attendees have the chance to enhance their experience with VIP tickets. The VIP experience costs $100 per person and includes valet parking, a champagne welcome, preferred tent seating, luncheon buffet, libations, and desserts. The VIP area opens at 1 p.m. Parking in Downtown West Palm Beach is free of charge on Sundays in all City owned and operated parking garages and meters.

For more information about Harmony or to purchase VIP tickets, please visit DowntownWPBArts.com or call (561) 833-8873.

 

About the Downtown Development Authority

The West Palm Beach DDA is an independent taxing district created in 1967 by a special act of the Florida Legislature. Its mission is to promote and enhance a safe, vibrant Downtown for our residents, businesses and visitors through the strategic development of economic, social and cultural opportunities.

For more information about the DDA or Downtown West Palm Beach, please visit Downtownwpb.com.

 

About the West Palm Beach Arts & Entertainment District

The West Palm Beach A&E District is a centralized collection of inspiring arts and entertainment venues; art and history museums; galleries; libraries; performing arts companies; and art education institutions. Situated in the heart of South Florida’s most progressive city, the District includes more than 20 distinct and distinguished cultural destinations that form a defining industry cluster. The A&E District enhances the appeal of West Palm Beach as a visitor destination, drawing attention to its status as a vibrant city illuminated by its beauty and range of creative expression. For more information, visit DowntownWPBArts.com.

 

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 throughout the Palm Beaches 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 palmbeachsymphony.org

 

About Ballet Palm Beach
Ballet Palm Beach is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to preserving the art of classical ballet, cultivating new visions in choreography, impacting the next generation through the discipline and power of dance, and enriching the community in the timeless aesthetics of a universal art form.  Founded by Artistic Director Colleen Smith in 2001, Ballet Palm Beach is the professional ballet company of Palm Beach County with main stage productions at the Eissey Campus Theatre and, most recently, the Kravis Center. The company strives to enrich the community and abroad through its numerous outreach programs and community performances. For more information, visit Ballet Palm Beach balletpalmbeach.org.

 

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