Contact:  Debbie Abrams


Palm Beach, FL (November 5, 2012) The Palm Beach Symphony has expanded its offerings for the 2012-2013 season and, for the first time ever, will present a children’s concert at the Symphony’s debut in the Eissey Theatre on Thursday, November 29 at 11:30 am.  The orchestral program, ‘Pulcinella: A Symphonic Story,’ is a ballet suite with music by famed Russian composer Igor Stravinsky.

This performance has been conceived and will be conducted by Daniel Alfred Wachs, specifically for the Palm Beach Symphony. Five dancers, under the tutelage of Jann Hanniford, Dean of Dance at the A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts, will perform in the ballet suite.

Pulcinella will be performed at the Eissey Theater at Palm Beach State College in the Eissey Theatre, 11051 Campus Drive, Palm Beach Gardens.  The performance is open to the public.  Tickets are $30 and $10 and are available at  or by calling (561) 655-2657.

Conductor Daniel Alfred Wachs, a graduate of the famed Curtis Institute of Music and the Juilliard School, leads the Orange County Youth Symphony Orchestra (OCYSO) and is Music Director of the Chapman Chamber Orchestra.  He was the recent recipient of the American Prize for his work with the OCYSO.  The award recognizes a commitment to programming and to American music.

“I know what works for kids, having worked with children for a number of years.  By 4th-6th grade, children become very discerning and soak up new experiences like sponges.  We underestimate the ability of young people to be open to classical music.  However, we have to be aware that kids relate better to something they can identify with.  By using 20th century composers, kids can relate to this sort of music.  I chose the program with great care so the kids will find it really exciting.” Wachs said.

4th and 5th graders from 5 area schools will be attending an earlier sold out performance that day.

The program is underwritten by the Paul and Sandra Goldner Arts in the Gardens for Young People School-Time Series, which sponsors free educational performances in music, dance and theater for local schools.  Additional underwriting support is given by Claudia Lapin.

“In the spirit of the great impresario Diaghilev, Daniel has adapted the libretto into a charming vehicle to introduce children of all ages to both the iconic music of Stravinsky and the ballet shaped after the original choreography of Massine.  The Dreyfoos dancers and I are delighted to be part of this project,” Jann Hanniford said.

About The Palm Beach Symphony

The mission of the Palm Beach Symphony Society is to engage, educate and entertain the greater community of the Palm Beaches through live performances of inspiring orchestral music.  The Palm Beach Symphony was founded in 1974 in recognition of the need for a professional orchestra in Palm Beach.  The Symphony performs in a variety of historically important venues on the island of Palm Beach, including the Bethesda-By-The-Sea Episcopal Church, the Henry Morrison Flagler Museum, Mar-a-Lago, The Society of the Four Arts, in addition to performing at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach.  Music Director Ramon Tebar delivers spirited and exacting performances of inspiring orchestral works.