2018 Concert & Dinner in Palm Beach
Hosted by Kristy and Jim Clark with Emilia and Pepe Fanjul
Photos courtesy of Doug McGlothlin / CAPEHART Photography.
On Saturday, March 3, The Perlman Music Program (PMP) held a spectacular concert and dinner at Kristy and Jim Clark’s stunning Palm Beach home. With the vital leadership support of Kristy and Jim Clark, Emilia and Pepe Fanjul, and Vicki and Chris Kellogg, the evening honored Toby and Itzhak Perlman’s dedication to classical music’s bright future. For the eleventh year in a row, philanthropists and music lovers gathered to share their passionate support of the Perlman’s exceptional students and alumni.
This special annual event is made possible through Kristy and Jim Clark’s profound generosity and dedication to The Perlman Music Program. “I was inspired when I first met Toby and Itzhak and learned about PMP,” said Jim Clark. “I went to Shelter Island, heard some of the concerts, and decided to encourage my friends and neighbors in Palm Beach to get involved. An incredible amount of talent has come through their school–it’s turned into a big success.”
After a reception, guests gathered in the elegant living room to hear a joyful Mendelssohn string quartet, Handel/Halvorsen’s virtuosic “Passacaglia” for violin and cello, and a stirring piano quartet by Dvorak. Violinists Jenny Jin, Nathan Meltzer, Clara Neubauer, and James Thompson; violists DJ Cheek and Caeli Smith; cellists Bethany Bobbs, Sterling Elliott, and SuJin Lee; and pianist Kyle Orth brought each masterpiece to life.
After a standing ovation, Toby Perlman moderated a spirited Q&A session. Guests and musicians delved into a discussion of artistry, education, and the next generation of classical music. Maestro Itzhak Perlman contributed his own observations, to the delight of all the guests.
When asked how PMP contributed to her studies, an artist enthusiastically responded, “I joined PMP when I was 15 years old, and have spent more than eleven years in this program. PMP is unlike anything else. The impact is enormous. It’s a year-round investment in us, the students, and creates a family feel that you don’t find anywhere else. It’s a privilege.”
Jim Clark summed up with a spirited challenge to all in attendance to support PMP’s incredible talent. Toby Perlman expressed her heartfelt thanks to all, and in particular Emilia and Pepe Fanjul and Vicki and Chris Kellogg for their vision and leadership, before inviting guests to experience the “PMP magic” firsthand in New York City, Tel Aviv, and Shelter Island. Guests joined the young artists and toasted the phenomenal performances at a festive dinner under the stars.
PMP is grateful to the supporters who raised more than $150,000 to fund vital scholarships and year-round educational efforts in Florida, New York, Israel, and Shelter Island: Carol and Sander Abend, Lenny Ackerman, Mark Addison and John Noffo Kahn, Larry and Mickey Beyer, Wendy Bingham and Howard E. Cox, Jr., Edith Bjork, Roberta and Stanley Bogen, Elena and John Brim, Lisa Brintz, Paul Callahan, Susan Caplan and Stuart Shikiar, Belle Cohen and Lily Hahn, Victoria D’Angelo and Paul Comeau, Gilan Corn, Sue and John Domenico, Mary K. Ernst and Edmund Spivack, Emilia and Pepe Fanjul, Annette Friedland, Julie and Philip Geier, Judith and Rudolph Giuliani, Sandra and Paul Goldner, Roni and Gerald Goldsmith, Nancy Goodes, Susan and Peter Gottsegen, Mei Sze and Jeff Greene, Martha and Steve Greenwald, Barbara Greis and Howard Gottlieb, Beth Holland and Paul Craffey, Carol Jaeger and Douglas Jencks, Michael James, Hayley Jarvi and Roger B. Schagrin, Robyn Joseph, Vicki and Chris Kellogg, Eleanora Kennedy, Kathy King and Jerry Cahill, Andrea and Jerome Klein, Suzie and Bruce Kovner, Roberta and Paul Kozloff, Fran Lambert, Edie Landeck and Michael Coles, Jason Laskey, Ronald and Jo Carole Lauder, Judith and Leonard Lauder, Marsha and Henry Laufer, Susan C. Lehrman, Diana and Stephen Lewinstein, Susan Lloyd, Arthur L. Loeb, Sondra and David Mack, Ambassador and Mrs. Earle I. Mack, Hildegard Mahoney, Francoise and Gerald Mallow, Susan and Morris Mark, Elizabeth and Peter McGrath, Diahn and Thomas McGrath, Grace and S. Christopher Meigher III, Judith and Richard Michaels, Sydell L. Miller, Jennifer Myerberg, Anka Palitz, Pamela and Edward Pantzer, Mitzi and Perry Pazer, Sallie Phillips, Cobey Rappaport, Katherine Rayner, Riva A. Ritvo-Slifka, Nancy and William Rollnick, Ava Roosevelt and Christopher Twardy, Carol Ryan, Ali and Lewis Sanders, Toni and Martin Sosnoff , Renée Steinberg, Ethel Steindl and Jim Liebling, Lynn Tishman, Kathryn and Leo A. Vecellio, Jr., Anjelika and Andrews Walker, Farah Walters, Jean Weiner and Caroline Fine, Priscilla Whittle, Jan Willinger and Bob Spiegel, and Sheryl Lee and Dave Wilson.