Thursday, January 12, 2017

Chamber Music Concert

I love chamber and classical music. Tuesday evening I attended the first of the Flagler Museum's 2017 Music Series concerts.  I have been attending these elegant events since 1999, their first year.  Here is a description of the Flagler Museum:
When it was completed in 1902, the New York Herald proclaimed that Whitehall, Henry Flagler's Gilded Age estate in Palm Beach, was "more wonderful than any palace in Europe, grander and more magnificent than any other private dwelling in the world." Today, Whitehall is a National Historic Landmark and is open to the public as the Flagler Museum, featuring guided tours, changing exhibits, and special programs. 

Wearing Lauren white sweater
Escada Pink Suit
The concert was special indeed.  It featured The Dover Quartet.  The Quartet catapulted to international stardom following a stunning sweep of the 2013 Banff International String Quartet Competition, becoming one of the most in-demand ensembles in the world.  I attended one of their concerts in Santa Fe a few year back, so was familiar with their work.  What a treat.

I love chamber music but sometime it can be dry and slow. This was anything but that. We saw emotion in the faces of the group as they played lively and stirring music. 

Featured this evening by The Dove Quartet was Mozart, Beethoven, and a lesser played piece by Bedrich Smetana (1824-1884 Czech Republic). The last piece I had never heard and had a unique emotional sound.  

I attended the concert this evening with a very close friend that is the underwriter for both last year's season and this year's season. To start our evening we had dinner at one of my favorite Palm Beach restaurants.  When we arrived at the museum we had designated seats and received special attention before and after from the Museum's executive director. Above is our photo taken by the event photographer at the after champagne reception.  

What a wonderful evening.

This photo is from a concert in 2010 
it is printed in the 2017 Season Guide
Yes, I am somewhere in the middle. 

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