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Palm Beach Symphony Receives $100,000 Gift from Lois Pope

December 6, 2013

At the Symphony Benefit Concert and Gala, held on March 28, 2013 at Mar a Lago, the Palm Beach Symphony was given a $100,000 donation by Lois Pope in order to support the arts community of Palm Beach. The event, which included performances by Brazilian tenor Thiago Arancarn and pianist Lola Astanova, featured music by Rachmaninoff and Gershwin, showcasing the Palm Beach Symphony’s stylistic range and its ability to draw world-class talent to the city. Mrs. Pope’s gift, which was received by the symphony’s executive director, Michael Finn, will go toward sponsoring the International Maestro Chair as well as the continued presence of guest conductors and musicians from around the globe.

The Palm Beach Symphony has been in existence since 1974, when it began with a volunteer staff and an orchestra led by a part-time conductor. Thanks to the efforts of a number of passionate patrons and lovers of music, including the former chair of the board of directors, Ethel S. Stone, the symphony has grown to become a cornerstone of the community, with a dedicated staff and an excellent orchestra backed by a small endowment fund. In helping to further the symphony’s mission, Lois Pope said, “I cannot think of a more noble cause and I am grateful that I have the resources to contribute.”

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