Society Sings Sondheim

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Have we mentioned the Choral Society of the Palm Beaches?

Since 1962, its mission has been to celebrate and promote “the universal beauty and intrinsic value of the vocal arts… and make choral music accessible and inspiring to all.” Bravo.

This weekend, Florida Atlantic University’s Lifelong Learning Society (5353 Parkside Drive, Jupiter) is partnering with the Choral Society to offer a tribute to Broadway giant Stephen Sondheim. Soprano Lisa Vroman is joined by last season’s favorite, Mark Sanders, in a look at the musical legacy that includes favorites from Into The WoodsSweeney ToddCompanyFollies, and many more. Performances are Saturday, March 18 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 19 at 4:30 p.m.

Already have plans this weekend? Then mark your calendar for April 29-30, when the Choral Society performs Mozart’s glorious and final masterpiece, Requiem.

All performances are at FAU’s Jupiter campus Lifelong Learning Society, 5353 Parkside Drive. Tickets are available online.


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The Art of Sound and Music

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Image by Ken Brower & Deborah Ory, courtesy of Holden Luntz Gallery

Go, right now, to the Holden Luntz Gallery at the southwest end of Worth Avenue, just next to the Everglades Club.

What you’ll find surpasses art, surpasses photography, surpasses dance and transcends to the altitude of angels, still images that somehow capture sound, movement, costume and performance.

The gallery hosts “The Art of Sound and Music” from February 22 through March 18. The 30-image collection surveys the photographic representations of music and dance, using one art form to document another.

It’s the Beatles, it’s James Brown, it’s the New York City Ballet. It’s breathtaking.


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Parks and Recreation

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Palm Beach has always made its parks and public spaces a priority. We love to take a few moments in the little garden grotto along South County Road (near Worth Avenue), and we have many happy memories of picnics in Bradley Park.

So it’s curious that we drive by the Seaview Recreation Center and, well, barely notice it’s there. The Town of Palm Beach is working to change that, and here’s a sneak peek at the plans and the prototype of the new building (one story instead of two, after pushback from the community, which also included a mandate to retain all the current green space).

It’s expected this will be a major improvement on the current facility; the assessment is that it “has the look and feel of a 1970’s vintage recreation center and certainly does not reflect the image and feel of Palm Beach.”

Ouch.

Recommendations for the new building include:

  • Continued emphasis on youth team sports, with future focus on camps, clinics, individual sports and adventure sports.
  • Maintain the level of adult sports offered.
  • Increase fitness/wellness programs.
  • Maintain current levels of education and cultural arts programming.
  • Continue providing after-school youth programming.
  • Increase active adult programming.
  • Emphasize adult programs in yoga, Pilates, personal fitness and cooking.
  • Emphasize youth programs in soccer, tennis, art and swimming.

Stay tuned.


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Let the Benefits Begin!

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Photo courtesy of Guitars Over Guns

The season of benefits has well and truly begun.

We can’t possibly cover each and every one, so we’ll give you a sampling of some of the events that drive the social/philanthropy season here on the island. And we’ll start with an endeavor to bring music education to children with the greatest need and fewest resources.

25bcb25f00000578-0-image-m-5_1424099807043That’s the mission of Nat King Cole Generation Hope, and its Third Annual President’s Society Dinner is being held Thursday night at The Breakers. The event includes a cocktail reception with entertainment by students from U.B. Kinsey/Palmview Elementary School of the Arts; a silent auction; and a private exhibit featuring memorabilia and photos from Nat, Maria and Natalie Cole. Tickets start at $750 for cocktails, dinner and a performance by The Pointer Sisters, or $175 for the cocktail reception only.

“We value music as a critical learning tool that keeps students engaged in school, helps develop well-rounded individuals and encourages skills that are vital for success in the 21st century,” the foundation says. “Musical training doesn’t just improve your ear for music — it also helps your ear for speech. That’s the takeaway from an unusual new study published in The Journal of Neuroscience. Researchers found that kids who took music lessons for two years didn’t just get better at playing the trombone or violin; playing music also helped kids’ brains process language.”

Fourteen Palm Beach County schools have benefitted from programs funded by Nat King Cole Generation Hope. The organization also partners with Guitars Over Guns, which delivers high impact arts-based mentoring programs to at-risk youth.

Here on Palm Beach, there’s a benefit nearly every night from now through late April. Find a cause that sparks your passion (the Palm Beach Charity Register is a good place to start) and put on your evening clothes!


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The President’s Own

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The Fifth United States Congress, which sat from 1797 to 1799, had a number of brilliant notions (and some rather unfortunate ones). It created the Navy, which has proved most useful. It adopted the Alien and Sedition Acts, which did not. And it established “The President’s Own” – the United States Marine Band, which has become America’s oldest continuously active professional musical organization, playing at nearly 500 events a year.

John Philip Sousa was once its director, and today’s performances still include his work – most notably Semper Fidelis, the official march of the Marine Corps.

History lesson over. The exciting part, for us? The Marine Band will be performing at the Kravis Center at 8 p.m. October 13. Tickets? Well, those are free.

Free. Yes. You just have to visit the box office, present a valid driver’s license or ID, and you may have up to four tickets. We got ours earlier this week, and the nice ticket lady gave us this piece of advice: Make sure to be in your seats no later than 7 p.m. It’s open seating, and Dreyfoos Hall will fill quickly.

To learn more, visit the Kravis Center website or call the box office at (561) 832-7469. Summer box office hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday.


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