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  Mashup Performance Shows Off Palm Beach’s Cultural Diversity at

 Florida Governor’s Conference on Tourism


BOCA RATON, FL (Sept. 22, 2014) – An orchestra, a ballet company and a rapper came together for a mishmash performance at the Boca Raton Resort and Club entertaining nearly 1,000 tourism industry professionals and VIPs seated for the opening night of the Florida Governor’s Conference on Tourism. In collaboration between the Palm Beach Symphony, Ballet Palm Beach and Palm Beach County resident and local rapper Vanilla Ice, the performance produced by the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County was designed to highlight the quality and diversity of art and culture in the county.


The program for the Chairman’s Dinner at the Governor’s Conference on Tourism began with the Palm Beach Symphony, founded more than 40 years ago, performing “Concerto in D minor for Two Violins and Orchestra” by Johan Sebastian Bach. They were joined on stage by Ballet Palm Beach who danced to Tchaikovsky’s “Serenade for Strings Op 48, II.”


Surprisingly, and to the sounds of snare drum and bass guitar, the ballerinas whipped off their tutus while the symphony transitioned to the well-recognized initial refrain of “Ice Ice Baby.”


Vanilla Ice took the stage while the dancers, now dressed in black tights, broke into original modern dance choreographed by Colleen Smith, artistic director of Ballet Palm Beach, and danced to a version of the rap song arranged by Alfredo Oliva of the Palm Beach Symphony. The audience was on its feet joining in on this once-in-a-lifetime coming together of three distinct art forms.


“We were honored to be invited by the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County to entertain and engage an audience in this innovative performance,” noted David McClymont, Palm Beach Symphony Executive Director. “The Palm Beach Symphony recognizes an internal cultural shift and the public value of new approaches to programming. We are, therefore, dedicated to continuing to use the creative capacity of our world-class musicians to deliver inspiring music and spirited performances within our traditional art form.”

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Note to Editors: Still photography by Bill Barbosa Photography and Video by Olympusat Entertainment can be found in this DropBox folder:  Cultural Council of Palm Beach County’s Monday Night Concert

Additional video of the performance can be found at

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.

About Ballet Palm Beach: Ballet Palm Beach reaches thousands of individuals every season. The dance company fulfills its mission of community outreach and education through “Flash Ballet” and partnerships with the Palm Beach County Library System, the Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County, and the Kravis Center’s S*T*A*R Series outreach and education program.

About the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County: The Cultural Council is the official support agency for arts and culture in Palm Beach County serving non-profit organizations, individual artists and arts districts. The Council promotes the county’s cultural experiences through an integrated program of advertising, public relations and arts marketing activities to both visitors and residents. Each year, the Council administers more than $3.5 million in grants, supports arts and cultural education and advocates for arts-friendly legislation. Located in the historic Robert M. Montgomery, Jr. building in downtown Lake Worth, the Council mounts a series of group and solo exhibitions featuring Palm Beach County artists and provides other programming.

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