2017-02-16 / Arts & Entertainment News


Ballet, symphony to create ‘Harmony’

COURTESY IMAGE COURTESY IMAGE Ballet Palm Beach and the Palm Beach Symphony are giving back to the community by performing a free concert, “Harmony: An Exhibition of The Arts,” on Feb. 26.

The concert takes place at Meyer Amphitheatre, an al fresco stage at the West Palm Beach’s popular waterfront, at Datura Street and Flagler Drive.

To kick things off, the Jupiter Middle School Chamber Choir will offer an a cappella performance of the national anthem.

The Palm Beach Symphony will perform Khachaturian’s "Sabre Dance," Shostakovich's "Festive Overture" and the first movement of Dvorak's "Cello Concerto" under the baton of Ramon Tebar, artistic and music director of the Palm Beach Symphony. Cello virtuoso Amit Peled is guest soloist. 

Ballet Palm Beach will perform "The Dying Swan." The symphony will perform music by Saint-Saëns and a new ballet choreographed to Khachaturian’s "Masquerade Waltz," created for the event, features colorful costumes.

Authors Babs Horner and Susan Palma 
COURTESY PHOTO Authors Babs Horner and Susan Palma COURTESY PHOTO This family-friendly concert is a great way to introduce your child to the wonders of the ballet and the incredible talent of the accomplished musicians who make up the orchestra. Bring your own blanket or chairs for seating, and pack a picnic basket or pick up take-out from one of the many downtown eateries.

If you go: Harmony, 2 p.m. Feb. 26, Meyer Amphitheatre, 104 Datura St., West Palm Beach. Free. Info: www.downtownwpb.com/events.

Afternoon tea and book signing

Meet the Slageter Sisters — Babs Horner and Susan Palma — the authors of “Sophistication is Overrated” at this tea from 2-4:30 p.m. Feb. 17 at Pioneer Linens, 210 Clematis St., West Palm Beach.

“Sophistication Is Overrated” is a rare bird: A coffee table book you’ll actually use! Babs Horner is a gourmet caterer and her sister, Susan Palma, is an interior decorator, and they combine forces for this book that is full of recipes as well as tips and tricks for memorable entertaining.

DAYAL DAYAL You’ll find fine crystal and china in this book, but you’ll also find rubber chickens, blow-up dolls and a hearty belly laugh or two. RSVP to 655-8553 or email contact@pioneerlinens.com. Complimentary valet parking is available.

IndiaFest 2017

The Palm Beach India Association brings the rich culture of India to Meyer Amphitheatre, 104 Datura St., West Palm Beach, at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, with IndiaFest. More than 25,000 people are expected to attend this festival that features live entertainment, yoga sessions by Naya Rappaport, Bollywood-inspired cardio workouts with Kahini Chandriani, Indian fashion and jewelry, and Henna tattoos. A-list performers include Benny Dayal, one of India’s biggest rock stars and a judge on the Indian version of “The Voice,” “Voice India,” and India’s top-rated DJ, DJ Lemon, who will spin Bollywood tunes. Chef Pushkar Marathe, chef de cuisine at Meat Market Palm Beach, will offer live Indian cooking demos, and vendors will offer all kinds of authentic Indian food.

Katie Travis and Chris Mann in “The Phantom Of The Opera.” 
COURTESY PHOTO Katie Travis and Chris Mann in “The Phantom Of The Opera.” COURTESY PHOTO The festival is free. For more information, visit www.gopbia.org.

Sunday at the Waterfront

Each month on the third Sunday yearround, West Palm Beach hosts a free outdoor concert at the Meyer Amphitheatre from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. People come with picnic baskets and puppies, kids and blankets, lawn chairs and coolers, and set up camp on the lawn for the duration of the concert. This concert series features lively, eclectic performances, and on Feb. 19, find The U.S. Stones, a tribute band performing the best of the Rolling Stones. This band is tight, with its own Mick Jagger clone, and Keith Richards and Ron Wood look-alikes, plus dead-on sound and performances.

The concert is free. For information, visit www.wpb.org.

Tickets for ‘Phantom’ are on sale

Tickets are now on sale for a “bigger and better” production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Phantom Of The Opera” opening at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach on March 23 for 15 performances running through April 1. This new production by Cameron Mackintosh features new staging and new scenic design by Paul Brown, new costumes by Maria Bjornson, choreography by Scott Ambler, and lighting design by Paule Constable. There are also new special effects showcasing the famed chandelier. The production, which includes a 52-member cast and orchestra, is all under the direction of Laurence Conner. Critics praised and audiences cheered the production when it played in Great Britain.

Based on the classic novel “Le Fantôme de L’Opéra,” by Gaston Leroux, this moody love story tells of a masked figure who lurks beneath the catacombs of the Paris Opera House and terrorizes performers until he falls madly in love with an innocent young soprano and devotes himself to making her a star using every devious trick he can think of. With its moving score and timeless songs like “Music of the Night” and “All I Ask Of You,” “Phantom” is a show people see again and again.

For tickets, which start at $31, call 832- 7469 or visit Kravis.org. For more information about the production and to see a video sneak peek, visit www.ThePhantomOfTheOpera.com/ustour/. ¦

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