The world-renowned Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, fondly referred to as the Boston Pops, will take the stage for a spectacular performance when the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts holds its annual Gala on Sunday, February 8, 2015.
Chaired by Monika Preston, the elegant affair will begin with a reception in the Shapiro Founders’ Room, followed by the Boston Pops performance in Dreyfoos Hall and a dinner dance in the Gimelstob Ballroom, located in the Cohen Pavilion. Kathryn Vecellio is Honorary Chair, with Cameron Preston, Angela Vecellio and Tara Vecellio serving as Vice Chairs.
Setting an international standard for performances of lighter music and currently under the direction of Keith Lockhart as conductor, the Pops are affectionately known as “America’s Orchestra.” Founded in 1885, the Boston Pops became a national icon under Arthur Fiedler. The most recorded, and arguably the most beloved orchestra in the country, the Pops will treat the audience to a collection of hits, performing The Very Best of the Boston Pops.
“The Boston Pops will mesmerize guests attending the Kravis Center Gala,” notes Ms. Preston. “Now in its 129thseason, the Pops reaches millions of listeners, not only through its concert performances in Boston, but also via the internet, radio, television, educational programs, recordings and tours. They are an American treasure, drawing talent from all over the globe, and we are delighted they will take center stage at the 2015 Kravis Center Gala.”
Gala sponsors include Dr. Nettie Birnbach, The Breakers Palm Beach, Stephen Brown and Jamie Stern, Sanford and Isanne Fisher, Alec and Miriam Flamm, Diane and Bruce Halle, Harless & Associates, Jim and Irene Karp, Henni and John Kessler, Leonard and Norma Klorfine Foundation, Dorothy and Sidney Kohl, Ingrid and David Kosowsky, Jack and Goldie Wolfe Miller Fund, Jane M. Mitchell, Neiman Marcus, Monika and John Preston, Sabadell Bank & Trust, SBA Communications Corporation, Laurie Silvers and Mitchell Rubenstein, Kathryn and Leo Vecellio, and Lois Silverman Yashar and Dr. James Yashar. Special support is provided by Tiffany & Co. Media support is provided by Classical South Florida 90.7 FM.
“The Kravis Gala is one of the most fun events of the season, with a young group of supporters,” Ms. Preston said. “Everyone is invited to join us at this year’s gala, which is predicted to be one of the most enjoyable of the season. Our supporters recognize the importance of raising funds to promote the arts as an experience for everyone in Palm Beach County, which was recently named Florida’s Cultural Capital®.”
Tickets for this year’s Gala are $750 for the Gala Patron and $375 for the Young Gala Patron (45 and younger). Dress is cocktail attire.
For more than 20 years, the not-for-profit Kravis Center for the Performing Arts has helped students of all ages fuel their imaginations and expand their lives through comprehensive arts education programs. Last season, nearly 45,000 children from Palm Beach, Broward, Martin, St. Lucie and Okeechobee counties attended numerous performances through the Kravis Center S*T*A*R (Students and Teachers Arts Resource) Series. More than 3,000 adults attended ArtSmart continuing education classes and lectures – with topics ranging from Marilyn Monroe to Cuban folklore music.
Centrally located in West Palm Beach, the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts is one of the premier performing arts centers in the Southeast with a renowned national and international reputation. Established as a leading force in the social fabric of the community, its many outreach programs are as broad and varied as the community itself. To date, the Center has opened the door to the performing arts for approximately 2 million school children.
For more information and to purchase tickets visit www.kravis.org/gala or call (561) 651-4320.