Lauderdale, FL - The Ft. Lauderdale Philharmonic Society, affiliate
of the Florida Philharmonic, will host a fundraising gala concert
and dinner at the Westin Diplomat
Hotel Resort & Spa on February 8, 2003.
chairmen Julie Madsen and Melanie Camp and patrons of the Florida
Philharmonic have gathered Bernstein memorabilia and auction items
for the fundraising gala concert.
A presence on Broadway, in Hollywood, at Carnegie Hall and the New
York Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein was a major force in twentieth
century music. His exuberant and dramatic style caught the heart
of America, bringing classical music to thousands of people from
diverse backgrounds. More than any American conductor before him,
Bernstein expanded the audience of classical music while maintaining
a deep artistic integrity.
Leading the list of gifts at the live auction will be fashion designer
Pauline Trigere’s 1931 Pleyel grand piano donated by Elizabeth
Bonan from Pierre Anthony Antiques and Interiors on Antique Row
in West Palm Beach. The Pleyel piano is prized for its fine action.
Frederic Chopin performed on a Pleyel and preferred it over many
contemporary instruments. The piano was recently featured at an
exhibition and sale of items from Trigere’s estate. The Royal
Scotsman generously donated the ultimate luxury train experience
for two, Scotland Golf Tour.
rail package is an exclusive adventure with a maximum of 36 guests
aboard at any one time. A weekend in New York as the guest of the
New York Philharmonic and a beautiful wood sculpture of a violin
by Philippe Guillerm has been donated. Silent auction items range
from a signed tennis racket belonging to Anna Kournikova to a Day
at the Races, as well as Bernstein memorabilia and signed photographs.
Maestro Joseph Silverstein will conduct the Florida Philharmonic
in an evening of Bernstein favorites. Tickets to the gala evening
are $100 for those under 35 years and begin at $150 to $1,000 for
those over 35.
Leonard Bernstein trusted the overwhelming power of music and art
that touches the human spirit. His enthusiasm and curiosity propelled
him into collaborations that remain today---awe-inspiring. Major
gifts from the Leo Goodwin Foundation and Mr. and Mrs. Dan Lewis
are paving the way to a successful tribute to Lenny. The event committee
is comprised of the full board of directors of the Philharmonic
Society with the direction and support of the Florida Philharmonic