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Palm Beach Symphony to Perform at FAU Jupiter

JUPITER, FL (February 15, 2011) - Florida Atlantic University’s Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College will present a concert by the Palm Beach Symphony at the John D. MacArthur Campus on Wednesday, March 30, at 7 p.m., with doors opening at 6:30 p.m.  The full orchestra of 50 musicians, under the direction of Maestro Ramón Tebar, will perform works by Darius Milhaud, Alberto Ginastera and Ludwig van Beethoven. The event will be held in the Lifelong Learning Center Auditorium, located at 5353 Parkside Drive, Jupiter.

             The event will honor Mrs. Lois Pope, founder of Leaders in Furthering Education (LIFE), who generously supported the Wilkes Honors College in its nascent stage with scholarships for students with financial need seeking an all honors undergraduate program.  As a renowned philanthropist, Pope has supported the Disabled Veterans’ LIFE Memorial and the Miami Project to cure paralysis. 

Fred and Kit Bigony will serve as the honorary chairs. Fred Bigony is a former Honors College advisory board member.  Both he and his wife continue to provide significant opportunities for students to attend the Wilkes Honors College. Their extraordinary support has assisted more than 50 students to achieve their academic goals. Fred Bigony is the former CEO/president of Harvey Industries.

           The Palm Beach Symphony was founded in 1974 with only a part-time conductor and a volunteer staff.  Since that time, it has grown to become a successful organization with full-time staff and a 50-member orchestra that is capable of performing the best of symphonic music.  The symphony performs several concerts a year in such venues as the Flagler Museum, The Society of the Four Arts and the Church of Bethesda by the Sea. 

Major sponsors to date include Florida Power & Light Company, TAMKO and Leslie Blum. The event planning committee includes Gretta Curry, Leslie Blum, Dick Gordon, Robin Smith, Tom Trimble, Georgie Duber, Andy Newitt, Ray Robinson and Dianne Reeves

             Ticket prices start at $50.  A VIP reception following the performance is available for sponsors, underwriters and those who purchase VIP tickets at $80.  For information or reservations, contact Kathryn Yates at 561-799-8105 or 

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The Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, located on FAU’s John D. MacArthur Campus, is a four-year residential liberal arts & science college for high achieving undergraduates.

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