Ice Ice Bach-y


The Palm Beach Symphony, Palm Beach Ballet and Rob “Vanilla Ice” Van Winkle – one of these things does not belong.

Or so one would think. The three entities came together on September 22 at the Boca Raton Resort & Club for a mashup performance of “Ice Ice Baby” on the opening night of the Florida Governor’s Conference on Tourism.

The audience, consisting of nearly 1,000 tourism industry professionals and VIPs, was initially treated to the Palm Beach Symphony performing Bach’s “Concerto for Two Violins and Orchestra in D minor.” Following this performance, the symphony was joined on stage by Ballet Palm Beach dancing to Tchaikovsky’s “Serenade for Strings Op. 48, II.”

And then, to the surprise and delight of the attendees, the symphony transitioned… the sound of the well-known initial refrain of “Ice Ice Baby” coming from their instruments; the ballerinas discarded their tutus and then Vanilla Ice took the stage.

The audience rose to their feet as the dancers, now dressed in black tights, began to perform their original modern dance choreographed by Ballet Palm Beach’s artistic director, Colleen Smith, to the version of the classic rap song arranged by Alfredo Oliva of the Palm Beach Symphony.

The performance was produced by the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County and was meant to showcase the diversity of art and culture in the county.

“The Palm Beach Symphony recognizes an internal cultural shift and the public value of new approaches to programming” said David McClymont, Palm Beach Symphony executive director. “We are, therefore, dedicated to continuing to use the creative capacity of our world-class musicians to deliver inspiring music and spirited performances within our traditional art form.”

The Cultural Council of Palm Beach County serves nonprofit organizations, including individual artists and art districts, in Pam Beach County. Each year, the Council awards more than $3.5 million in grants and advocates for arts-friendly legislation. The Palm Beach Symphony, which was founded in 1974, aims to engage, educate, and entertain the Palm Beaches; similarly, Ballet Palm Beach fulfills its mission of community outreach and education through “Flash Ballet” and has ongoing partnerships with the Palm Beach County Library System, the Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County and the Kravis Center’s S*T*A*R series.

For more information about these three organizations, please visit their respective websites at,, and

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