Festival Of The Arts BOCA Will Entertain, Amuse, Enlighten Crowds For 11th Year

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By: Dale King Contributing Writer
Festival of the Arts BOCA will officially enter its second decade this month. For 10 days, it will fill the Mizner Park Amphitheater and the Cultural Arts Center with music, lectures, humor and, overall, some darn good productions.
Performances feature “pretty much tried and true” individuals and troupes, said Joanna Marie Kaye, festival director. “We think we know what our audience expects.”
For example: The New Yorker magazine receives around 1,000 cartoons each week. It publishes about 17. Cartoon editor and self-proclaimed humorist Bob Mankoff will hold court in Boca to discuss the “idea drawings” in the magazine, explaining what works, what doesn’t, and why.
Also on tap: Joey Alexander, the 13-year-old Indonesian piano prodigy who is back in Boca for a festival encore. He was in Los Angeles last month along with other musicians nominated for Grammy Awards – as he was in 2016. He’ll share the stage with 13-year-old Mexican classical pianist Daniela Liebman.
Remember Peter Sellers and the zany cast from the original film, The Pink Panther? On March 7, the classic 1964 film that featured Henry Mancini’s iconic score will be shown on a massive screen. The music track will be performed live by the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra and conductor, Maestro Constantine Kitsopoulos, from the stage of the Mizner Amphitheater. The composer’s daughter, Monica Mancini, will sing one of the songs.
The Festival is extraordinary, said Kaye, because it is periodic and each year offers “something old and something new.” The “something new” part this year includes performances March 3 by Grammy-winning saxophonist Branford Marsalis with The Symphonia, Boca Raton; March 10 by violinist Sarah Chang along with pianist Daniel Hsu and March 12, by three-time Grammy winner Sergio Mendes & Brasil 2017, whose melodic history goes back to the days of Sergio Mendes & Brasil ’66, famed for its soft, breathy performance of the Beatles’ “Fool on the Hill” and the hit, “Mas Que Nada.”
On March 4, the popular opera, La Bohème will be performed with The Symphonia, Kitsopoulos and a cast of young singers. Billed as “Opera for the 99 Percent,” ticket prices start at $9.99.
The lecture circuit this year will include Mankoff, author Jennifer Egan, presidential historian Jon Meacham and author Brian Green, a theoretical physicist and communicator of cutting-edge scientific concepts.
The Schmidt Family Centre for the Arts is sponsoring the festival designed to promote cultural arts and to enrich the quality of life for residents in Boca Raton, North Broward and Palm Beach County.
Tickets for the 11th Annual Festival of the Arts BOCA are available at www.festivalboca.org or by calling 866- 571-ARTS, 866-571-2787.
The schedule is:
Thursday, March 2 – 7 p.m.
Lecture: Jennifer Egan, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Visit from the Goon Squad – Novelist as Journalist/Journalist as Novelist.
Cultural Arts Center
Friday, March 3 – 7:30 p.m.
Concert: Grammy Award-winning saxophonist Branford Marsalis, The Symphonia, Boca Raton & Constantine Kitsopoulos, conductor.
Mizner Park Amphitheater
Saturday, March 4 – 4 p.m.
Lecture: Bob Mankoff, cartoon editor for The New Yorker.
Cultural Arts Center
Saturday, March 4 – 7:30 p.m.
La Bohème, (in Italian with English subtitles), with The Symphonia and Kitsopoulos and a cast of young singers.
Mizner Park Amphitheater
Sunday, March 5 – 7 p.m.
Concert: Two 13-year old piano prodigies, Joey Alexander and Daniela Liebman with The Symphonia, Boca Raton & Constantine Kitsopoulos, conductor.
Mizner Park Amphitheater
Monday, March 6 – 7 p.m.
Authors & Ideas: Jon Meacham, presidential historian, Pulitzer Prize-winner and contributing editor at Time – The Art of Leadership – Lessons from the American Presidency.
Mizner Park Amphitheater
Tuesday, March 7 – 7 p.m.
Authors & Ideas: Brian Greene, author of “The Elegant Universe,” theoretical physicist and entertaining communicator of cutting-edge scientific concepts, “Beyond Einstein: Space, Time and Reality.”
Mizner Park Amphitheater
Friday, March 10 – 7:30 p.m.
Concert: Violinist Sarah Chang, pianist Daniel Hsu, The Symphonia, Boca Raton & Constantine Kitsopoulos, conductor
Mizner Park Amphitheater
Saturday, March 11 – 7:30 PM
Blake Edwards’ 1964 hit comedy film, “The Pink Panther,” with live orchestra providing sound track.
Mizner Park Amphitheater
Sunday, March 12 – 7:00 PM
Concert: Sergio Mendes & Brasil 2017.
Mizner Park Amphitheater