Cleveland Orchestra to Visit Palm Beach Public Elementary School Strings Program

Members of The Cleveland Orchestra will visit the Strings Program at Palm Beach Public Elementary School this week. The professional musicians will drop-in to perform and give pointers at an after school practice for the kids orchestra before heading to their own performance at The Kravis Center later that evening (Wednesday, January 25, 2012).

“When musicians from a world-famous ensemble such as The Cleveland Orchestra perform for our kids, the children’s eyes light up,” said Andrew Matzkow, long time volunteer music director and conductor for the kids program. “Kindergartners and third graders don’t fully understand how a violin or cello can sound, or for where music can take them – this makes it real for them in a fantastic and exciting way!” Matzkow added with an exuberant smile.

7AM practice sessions, sore fingers and instruments that can be larger than the kids playing them, are all struggles that the musicians in The Cleveland Orchestra understand from first hand experience.

“Most of our Cleveland Orchestra musicians began playing when they were very young children,” said Joan Katz Napoli who is Director of Education & Community Programs for The Cleveland Orchestra. “When we ask musicians from our orchestra to visit a student program like the one at Palm Beach Public School, the musicians are quick to step up. They remember their own journey in music and are eager to share their passion with children who are eager to learn. It’s a great feeling to work with kids, to support and encourage them, and to make them feel a part of a larger community of music. ” Katz Napoli summed up.

Program director Andy Matzkow, whose public school students have gone on to successful performance careers in orchestras, points out that the discipline and joy of studying music goes beyond an ability to play or read sheet music.

“I emphasize the life skills that music develops in kids. Not every child who learns or plays music will go on to music careers, but they all develop a strong study and work ethic. And, because the children play and perform together they learn the value of team work. These kids are well rounded, and that never hurt anyone in life,” Matzkow concludes.

Five members of The Cleveland Orchestra will visit the 2–4PM after-school practice session on Wednesday, January 25, 2012. They include: Jeanne Preucil Rose and Kathleen Collins, violin, Lisa Boyko, viola, Brian Thornton, cello and Thomas Sperl, bass. Later that evening, The Cleveland Orchestra featuring Franz Welser-Möst, Conductor and Yefim Bronfman, Piano will perform at The Kravis Center in West Palm Beach at 8PM. Tickets may be purchased online at the Kravis Center website.

The Palm Beach Public School Strings Foundation would like to thank The Cleveland Orchestra and their volunteer musicians Jeanne Preucil Rose, Kathleen Collins, Lisa Boyko, Brian Thornton, and Thomas Sperl. We appreciate The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts for underwriting the Orchestra’s visit. Our parent volunteers have been very helpful in organizing the event, special thanks to George Cimballa for connecting The Cleveland Orchestra with our strings program.


About the Palm Beach Public Elementary School Orchestra
250+ kids from kindergarten through fifth grade from across the Palm Beach County Public School District participate in the music program where they play the violin, viola, cello and double bass. Classes are divided between beginning, intermediate and advanced groups. The Orchestra performs throughout Palm Beach County with events announced on their calendar. You can learn more about the program at


About the Palm Beach Public School Orchestral Strings Foundation
The all-volunteer 501(c)(3) foundation raises awareness and tax deductible donations for the privately funded public strings program. All students participate free of charge and one-hundred percent of donations are used for the children’s instruction, equipment and performances. The Strings Music Program is the largest Elementary School Choice Program in the State of Florida and does not receive any county or state funding. Learn more at our website


About The Cleveland Orchestra
Under the leadership of Music Director Franz Welser-Möst, The Cleveland Orchestra has become one of the most sought-after performing ensembles in the world. In concerts at its winter home at Severance Hall and its summer home at Blossom Music Center, in residencies from Miami to Vienna, and on tour around the world, The Cleveland Orchestra sets standards of artistic excellence, concert programming, and community engagement.


The Cleveland Orchestra’s annual three-week Miami Residency consists of subscription concerts at the Adrienne Arsht Center’s John S. and James L. Knight Concert Hall, as well as education and community outreach programs serving over 20,000 adults and young people in the Miami-Dade community. The orchestra reaches more than 3,500 grade school students through its free education concerts. Under the guidance of its Miami-based board of directors, the Cleveland Orchestra Miami Residency’s commitment to education and community service is a vibrant testament to the history and tradition of The Cleveland Orchestra.

About the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts
The Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts is a not-for-profit performing arts center whose mission is to enhance the quality of life in Palm Beach County by presenting a diverse schedule of national and international artists and companies of the highest quality; by offering comprehensive arts education programs; by providing a Palm Beach County home in which local and regional arts organizations can showcase their work; and by providing economic catalyst and community leadership in West Palm Beach, supporting efforts to increase travel and tourism to Palm Beach County. The Kravis Center is located at 701 Okeechobee Blvd. in West Palm Beach, FL. For more information, please call 561–832- 7469 or visit