Local arts organizations in perfect “harmony”

Palm Beach Symphony will perform at “Harmony: An Exhibition of the Arts” on May 21. Photos courtesy of West Palm Beach Arts & Entertainment District

Three of the region’s cultural gems – Palm Beach Symphony, Ballet Florida and the Dreyfoos School of the Arts Orchestra – will lend their talents to the fifth annual “Harmony: an exhibition of the arts » May 21. From 4 p.m., the Free outdoor event at the Meyer Amphitheater will feature two hours of performances by 75 distinct and distinguished artists. This year’s performance is presented by the West Palm Beach Arts & Entertainment District with the support of the West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for families to spend a day enjoying our local artists and performers along the spectacular downtown waterfront,” said Teneka James-Feaman, Associate Executive Director of the West Palm Beach Downtown Development Association. “This annual event is also a great opportunity to explore what’s new in downtown West Palm Beach while supporting local talent.”

Bring a blanket or lawn chair to enjoy
Bring a blanket or lawn chair to enjoy “Harmony: An Exhibition of the Arts” at the Meyer Amphitheater.

Palm Beach Symphony will kick off the afternoon of the arts with the national anthem sung by Kaia Clemente, followed by familiar and beloved selections such as Bernstein’s Overture to CandidOverture from Rossini to Barber of Seville, and that of Copland An exterior opening. Ballet Florida joins Symphony for Brahms Hungarian Dance No. 5 and Khachaturian sword dance. Palm Beach Symphony Lisa Bruna B-Major Award winner Dion Sellitti joins Symphony and Ballet Florida to perform Saint-Saëns’ The Swan.

Chris Santiago
Chris Santiago

Following this year’s call for artists, 20-year-old award-winning singer and trumpeter Chris Santiago will take the stage with the Palm Beach Symphony to perform “You’ll Have to Swing It (Mr. Paganini)”. Santiago is a decorated performer as the recipient of the 2019 Songbook Celebration Award, the 2018-19 Young Artist Award from the Society for the Preservation of the Great American Songbook, and the 2020 National YoungArts Winner in Jazz Voice. He attracted local and national audiences with his performance in the Kravis Center Pop Orchestra alongside Michael Feinstein, on Legends Radio 100.3 FM and on a radio show. American standards by the sea. This year, he will make his Australian debut in the premiere of “CHET: The Prince of Cool”.

Palm Beach Symphony will perform at Harmony An Exhibition of the Arts 1The program will include a captivating intermission performance by the Dreyfoos School of the Arts Orchestra, conducted by director Jeffrey Adkins. In the second half of the concert, members of the Dreyfoos School of the Arts Orchestra will perform alongside musicians from the Palm Beach Symphony under the direction of Palm Beach Symphony Deputy Conductor Matthew Cooperman. They will perform popular standards and Broadway hits, as well as selections from The sound of music and “Liberty Bell March” by John Philip Sousa.”

“‘Harmony’ makes the arts more inviting, more accessible and, therefore, more relevant to all members of the community,” said David McClymont, CEO of Palm Beach Symphony. “It deepens our appreciation of the value of a community so rich in quality cultural experiences. With no fees, no reservations and no dress code, everyone feels welcome at “Harmony”. Don’t miss it!”

Guests are encouraged to bring a blanket, picnic basket, and enjoy an afternoon of outdoor music and dancing!

For more information on “Harmony”, click on here or call (561) 833-8873.

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