An Evening of Rhapsody on the Danube

 The Palm Beach Opera Guild’s evening event, “An Evening of Rhapsody on the Danube” has been considered one of the best events of the 2018 season.  From the moment you entered through the doors you were surrounded by the wonderful old world charm.

Co-Chair Arlette Gordon welcomed the guests.  Daniel Biaggi, General Director of the Palm Beach Opera introduced the Palm Beach Studio Singers provided an opera interlude.

The Studio Singers were Sidney O’Gorman, Laura Santamaria, Alexandra Slusarenko and Christopher Young.  Selections included operatic favorites Rossini, Fauré, Mozart, Lehár Rogers and Hammerstein, which provided a wonderful mix of opera arias.

President Ari Rifkin then introduced the first of the evening’s entertainment: Katica Illenyi

Illenyi, an international violinist and one of 5 musicians in the world who plays the Theremin.  The Theremin is an electronic musical instrument which uses two antennas that sense the relative position of the musicians hands as they control oscillators for frequency with one hand and volume with the other.

The perfect evening ended with a wonderful performance by Ferenc Illenyi, a violinist who is a member of the Houston Symphony and his sister Katica Illenyi who brought the audience to their feet with their masterful control of the violin.

The evening’s Co-Chairs, Arlette Gordon, Gail Kleinert, Eddie Schmidt and Ozzie Mederios were joined by Opera Guild Officers: Elizabeth Bowden, Phyllis Pressman, Ari Rifkin, Barbara Weimer and Peggy Wheeler along with other Opera Guild Board members including Maude Cook, Suzi Goldsmith, Merrill Gottesman, Jean Gutkin, Tova Liedesdorf, Marilyn Mims, Hermé de Wyman Miro, Cameron Neth, Frank Orenstein, Wendy Roberts, Margaret Warnock, Sheryl Wood and Gail Worth.  Also in attendance were Palm Beach Opera Board members Gladys Benenson, Charles Gottesman, Paul Goldner and his wife Sandra as well as Palm Beach Opera’s General Director, Daniel Biaggi.

Sponsors for the evening included: Bigelow Tea,  Michael and Barbie Marcovici and Merrill Lynch of Chicago,  Provident Jewelers, Sequins – Worth Avenue and Table 26.

The Palm Beach Opera Guild promotes awareness of opera in our community.  Proceeds from the Guild’s Annual Dinner will support Palm Beach Opera’s Production and Education Programs.

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