Celebrating over 120 Years of Service
When Henry Flagler founded the Chapel, he set forth five distinct principles the Chapel would be grounded by. The fourth of those principles was that the chapel would have the best music. One hundred twenty years after that proclamation was made, we feel that Flagler would be proud of the outstanding music the Chapel offers. Between the weekly singing of hymns, our beautifully restored organ, our outstanding choir, or our concert series, our music program has something special to offer each listener.
Royal Poinciana Chapel re-inaugurated its restored Austin, 106 rank pipe organ, this April. The newly refurbished pipe organ spent two years being rebuilt at Austin Organs in Hartford, Conn. The console of the organ has 106 ranks of pipes, including several new ones, plus a computer system that connects to an iPad. A playback feature allows performances to be replayed.
The console stands on a hydraulic lift with doors that allow it, as well as a piano, to be easily moved to the upper level of the altar for better viewing. When played, it has the sounds of a full symphony, complete with strings, reeds, brass and flutes. Compared to before, the sound has tonal efficiency and is softer, with more neoclassical and subtle colorations, but not necessarily more volume. More ranks bring more sound possibilities.
Chapel music director, Stewart Foster, says: “When you listen to it, it should be a sound you want to listen to all the time”. My hope is that when all is said and done — and people sit out there and we start to play — they will think, ‘I am in heaven. When I get to heaven, this is what it will sound like’”.
To read further about the Chapels’ organ system, please read these two articles in The Palm Beach Daily News:
The Royal Poinciana Chapel has fostered great music from its founding, and choral music in particular has always been an important element in the weekly worship services. Currently, the chorale comprises eight professional singers who have extensive experience in sacred music. Several among them are professors in area colleges, and others maintain active performing careers. Throughout the year the congregation is blessed by the solos and anthems they present.
Twice yearly the chorale is opened to members of the congregation at Christmas and President’s Day for cantatas with full symphonic orchestra. Rehearsals are held 3 to 4 Sundays in advance after the morning worship service. All singers who can read music are invited!
The Royal Poinciana Chapel Concert Series presents concerts by major, emerging, student, and community talents from across the nation. Most performances take place in the Chapel sanctuary which has been lauded by musicians for its excellent acoustics and intimate atmosphere. There will be a free will offering at each performance where there is no admission fee.
Sunday, January 21st – 10:30 AM Worship
SCOTTISH SUNDAY… A CHAPEL FAVORITE
DON YOUR TARTAN!!
Scottish regalia, Bagpipes,
Fellowship Hour Following Worship
Sunday, February 11th 4:00 p.m. Chapel Sanctuary
OPERA FUOCO OBBLIGATO BAROQUE CONCERT
In this one hour program, Fuoco Obbligato celebrates love with beautiful arias for soprano, tenor and baroque instruments. The dialogue between the singer and the instrumetal soloist is nuanced and reveal the complexities of love. The program ends with the deligtful duet from Handel’s pastoral ode.
Tickets not required.
VALENTINE’S DINNER THEATER
Tuesday, February 13th 6:30 p.m.
Jeff and Joanna Kaye along with Bill Stafford and Alicia Branch return by popular demand with love songs for all time.
Featured also are talented guest pianists, Robin Arrigo and Mark Marineau. Appetizers and Champagne served on the Garden Taeraace, Dinner and Entertainment in Fellowship Hall.
Tickets for dinner and entertainment are $100 per person and may be purchased following worship on Sundays Jan 21st, Jan 28th, and Feb 4th or Call Debbie Norris at @561-655-4212 for ticket reservations starting January 15, 2024.
Bring your own wine for dinner.
Last day for ticket purchase is February 6th.
Of Faith and Freedom
A Patriotic Cantata
February 18, 2024
Good Friday Service
Sunday March 29, 2024
Easter at the Chapel
Sunday March 31, 2024
9 am and 11am
April 7, 2024
Sunday May 12 at 4 PM
Award Winning Violist
HAO ZHOU in concert with Greg Ritchey, piano
Fuoco Obbligato “Amor diletto”
4 PM Sunday February 11, 2024
Royal Poinciana Chapel Kirkman Fellowship Hall
60 Cocoanut Row, Palm Beach FL 33480
“Repertoire of delicate, often incandescent beauty…“
“Who could turn down the chance to hear ravishing, intimate music without listening to a four-hour opera.“
– Heard and Seen International, July 2023
Fuoco Obbligato is the period instrument chamber ensemble of Paris’s Opera Fuoco, an organization that focuses on developing young singers transitioning from conservatory to professional life.
In this one-hour program lifted out of the baroque opera repertoire, Fuoco Obbligato celebrates love with some of the most beautiful arias for soprano, tenor and baroque instruments. These arias often capture the most intimate moments of a larger-scale work, perfectly reflecting the breadth of human emotions. The dialogue between the singer and the instrumental soloist is nuanced and reveals the complexities of love – we find everything from sensuality and languishing melancholy to jealousy, cheeky humor and outright theatricality.
Amor is both a piercing bowman and a playful cherub, a devastating tempter of fate and a forgivable joiner of hearts. The program ends with the delightful duet from Handel’s pastoral ode, a reassuring contemplation about the purity of the heart prevailing upon the fanciful mind.
FUOCO OBBLIGATO – THE ENSEMBLE | Fuoco Obbligato, founded by violinist Katharina Wolff in 2020, is a chamber ensemble combining Opera Fuoco’s young singers and its instrumental soloists. Interpreting arias from baroque opera, oratorio, the passions or Lied, the ensemble explores the subtle discourse between singer and chamber musician. The intertwining of vocal and instrumental “obbligato” lines, often representing a musical ego and alter-ego, is an expressive medium used by composers from the early 18th century onward.
Fuoco Obbligato gives the Opera Fuoco Young Artists Program an intimate performance platform to complement the masterclasses and full-scale opera productions led by David Stern. It also gives the public a more personal access to this particular repertoire. Fuoco Obbligato has enjoyed a season of concerts at the Marmottan Monet Museum in Paris, France’s National Renaissance Museum in Ecouen, Ton Koopman’s Itinéraire Baroque Festival and the Bach en Combrailles Festival near Lyon. It is performing in Florida for the first time in February, 2024.
SINGERS | Members of the Opera Fuoco Young Artists Program; Anna Cavaliero, soprano; Guy Elliott, tenor INSTRUMENTALISTS | Katharina Wolff, violin; Jean Bregnac, traverso; Jérôme Huile, cello; Elizabeth Gex, Viola; Kenneth Weiss, harpsichord