Florida-themed holiday concert benefits school music programs

Students from Lake Shore Middle School in Belle Glade received instruments from the symphonic band at its last concert in October. Photo courtesy of the Symphonic Band of the Palm Beaches.

Students from Lake Shore Middle School in Belle Glade received instruments from the symphonic band at its last concert in October. Photo courtesy of the Symphonic Band of the Palm Beaches.

The Symphonic Band of the Palm Beaches has a holiday concert that will put you in the mood for the season, even if it doesn’t feel like a northerly winter.

The band’s 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3 “Holiday Fun in the Sun” performance at the Eissey Campus Theatre in Palm Beach Gardens featuring classics and songs with a South Florida twist benefits the music programs in Title I schools in Palm Beach County. The proceeds also provide scholarships and instruments to students who can’t afford them in public programs.

This year’s show features Marija Zupic, an accomplished clarinetist from Croatia who joined the band while staying in South Florida for six months. Her extended family includes almost 70 musically-involved relatives, according to a biography from the symphonic band.

Croatian clarinetist Marija Zupic will join the Symphonic Band of the Palm Beaches for its Dec. 3 concert.

Croatian clarinetist Marija Zupic will join the Symphonic Band of the Palm Beaches for its Dec. 3 concert.

Saturday’s performance and one next week at the Duncan Theatre at Palm Beach State College’s Lake Worth campus are the last two opportunities to hear Zupic before she returns to the Music School Elly Basic in Croatia, where she’s a professor of clarinet and chamber music, according to the symphonic band.

The concert will feature a Florida-themed version of “The Night Before Christmas,” an Afro-Cuban arrangement of “Night in the Tropics,” a latin-jazz version of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Israel-Shalom,” “A Rhapsody on Christmas Carols” and more.

Tickets are $18 and can be purchased via phone at 561-832-3115 or online at http://www.symphonicband.org.

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