In honor of a successful first season, the oldest art gallery in the state of Florida, Wally Findlay Galleries, hosted a cocktail reception and salon performance for Palm Beach’s newest collection of classical enthusiasts, Young Friends of the Palm Beach Symphony (YFPBS.) Seasoned Palm Beach Symphony members and other distinguished guests were invited to join the celebration for the new Young Friends. Gallery walls housing various “schools” of art of each period was the picture-perfect setting for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres followed by an intimate concert in the Gallery’s second floor salon.


Young Friends Chairman Todd Barron welcomed guests ahead of the 45 minute performance featuring five Bak Middle School of the Arts piano students and Palm Beach Symphony’s principal cellist, Claudio Jaffe. The evening was highlighted by a side-by-side performance with Jaffe and his ten year-old private cello student, Ethan Harris, who attends Palm Beach Public Elementary. In addition, guests were treated to a solo performance by Jaffe playing Passacalia, by Daniel Fritzsche and an informative lecture in which Jaffe spoke about artistic expression, the professional music world and the importance of music education.


“We are thrilled for the interest and success of our first season of Young Friends of the Palm Beach Symphony and to have had the opportunity to offer entertaining and engaging social events in support of South Florida’s world-class orchestra,” noted Barron in his opening comments. “It is especially rewarding that we could conclude our season serving as a catalyst for the Symphony’s Educational Programming with this exceptional performance. I give my sincerest thanks to Wally Findlay Galleries for hosting us for this special occasion and am excited for a second season ahead.”


For more than half a century, Wally Findlay Galleries has been dedicated to supporting exceptional organizations in its communities through its charitable underwriting of art events, which today has become a standard for charity fundraising around the globe. Chairman and CEO, James R. Borynack, continues the company’s tradition of philanthropic commitment by hosting premiere exhibitions, special events and galas in enthusiastic support of charitable organizations throughout the gallery network.

Young Friends of the Palm Beach Symphony offers exclusive, tailored events which include dynamic socials, along with engaging educational and unique networking opportunities. They bring together and entertain like-minded contemporaries in some of Palm Beach County’s most upscale venues while supporting the programs of the Palm Beach Symphony.


In addition to Barron, founding YFPBS committee members include Nannette Cassidy, Carolyn Broadhead, Angie Cortesio, Scott Diament, Christine DiRocco, Aaron Wormus, Erin O’Mahoney and Cari Rentas.

For more information on YFPBS membership or how to join the YFPBS committee with additional benefits, please visit or contact Palm Beach Symphony Executive Director David McClymont at 561-762-0413.

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