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FAU’s Wilkes Honors College Presents Palm Beach Symphony

JUPITER, FL (February 17, 2010) -  Florida Atlantic University’s Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College will present a concert by the Palm Beach Symphony at the John D. MacArthur Campus on Wednesday, March 17 at 7 p.m.  The event is part of the year-long 10 th anniversary that the Jupiter campus and Honors College is celebrating, and marks the first time the Palm Beach Symphony has appeared in Jupiter. The full orchestra of 50 musicians, under the direction of Dr. Ray Robinson, will perform works by Debussy, Shostakovich and Beethoven. The event will be held in the Lifelong Learning Center Auditorium, located at 5353 Parkside Drive, Jupiter.

             Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Rivken are the honorary chairmen of this event, which will be dedicated to the memory of Robert Blum.  Mr. Rivken was the first chairman of the Wilkes Honors College Advisory Board and has continued his involvement with the College since then.  Blum’s vision for a special evening to benefit and celebrate the College’s 10 th anniversary was the impetus for this inaugural performance.

              The Palm Beach Symphony was founded in 1974 with only a part-time conductor and a volunteer staff.  Since that time, it has grown to become a successful organization with full-time staff, and a 50-member orchestra that is capable of performing the best of symphonic music.  Robinson joined the faculty of Palm Beach Atlantic University in 1989, where he teaches courses in conducting and musicology.  His conducting career his taken him to many European countries, including Austria, Germany and the United Kingdom.  The Symphony performs several concerts a year in such venues as the Flagler Museum, The Society of the Four Arts and the Church of Bethesda by the Sea. 

              Ticket prices start at $40 and include a champagne reception at 6:30.  There will also be a VIP reception following the performance for sponsors, underwriters and those who purchase VIP tickets at $80.  For information or reservations, contact Margaret Allen at 561-799-8105 or

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About The Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College:

The Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, located on FAU’s John D. MacArthur Campus, is a four-year residential liberal arts & science college for high achieving undergraduates.

About Florida Atlantic University:

Florida Atlantic University opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University serves more than 28,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses. Building on its rich tradition as a teaching university, with a world-class faculty, FAU hosts ten colleges:  College of Architecture, Urban & Public Affairs, Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts & Letters, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Biomedical Science, the College of Business, the College of  Education, the College of  Engineering & Computer Science, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Graduate College,  the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. 

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