12th Annual Festival Of The Arts BOCA Back At Mizner Park


Staff report

The 12th Annual Festival of the Arts BOCA is set to return to Mizner Park this month.

Presented by the Schmidt Family Centre for the Arts, the festival will run from Feb. 23-March 4 and feature all types of stars.

“This season’s Festival of the Arts BOCA promises 10 days of superstar talent, excitement, and culture that will appeal to everyone,” said Charlie Siemon, Chair and Co-Executive Producer of the Festival of the Arts BOCA. “We are looking forward to our biggest and best festival yet!”

The festival opens on Friday, Feb. 23 at 7:30 p.m. with legendary American soprano and five-time Grammy Award winner, Kathleen Battle, making a rare concert appearance in a program of songs by Gershwin and spirituals with the Lynn Philharmonia, led by Constantine Kitsopoulos.

On Saturday, Feb. 24 at 8 p.m., violinist Itzhak Perlman returns to Mizner Park with his popular In the Fiddler’s House program. In this concert, Perlman and a 10-piece Klezmer ensemble explore the vitality of klezmer music in this charmingly humorous guide where he journeys from New York’s Lower East Side to a Jewish Festival in Krakow, Poland.

The Authors & Ideas Program kicks off on Sunday, Feb. 25 at 4 p.m. with Hannah Tinti, best-selling author of The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley and The Good Thief and founder and editor of One Story magazine, who will present Cabinets of Wonder.

Also on Sunday, Feb. 25 at 7 p.m., Grupo Compay Segundo from Cuba will make its first U.S. appearance in almost 20 years. Founded by legendary musicians from the Buena Vista Social Club whose best-selling albums defined the sound of Cuban music in America, this nine-member ensemble tours the world as official ambassadors of Cuba’s cultural heritage while still continuing to perform every week in Havana at Cuba’s National Hotel.

Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations and author of A World in Disarray: American Foreign Policy and the Crisis of the Old Order, will appear at the Festival’s Authors & Ideas Program on Monday, Feb.  26 at 7 p.m. with A World In Disarray: Causes, Consequences, Choices.

On Wednesday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m., the Festival will welcome Peter Diamandis, entrepreneur, author and CEO of the X PRIZE Foundation, best known for the $10 million dollar Ansari Prize for private spaceflight. Diamandis is the New York Times bestselling author of Abundance – The Future Is Better Than You Think and BOLD – How to Go Big, Create Wealth & Impact the WorldHe will present Transforming Scarcity to Abundance.

On Thursday, March 1 at 7:30 p.m., Academy Award-winner and 13-time Grammy Award winner, T Bone Burnett, a first-rate innovative artist, songwriter, performer, film and concert producer, record company owner and artist advocate will talk about music, film and art with On the Road with T Bone Burnett: Stories, Music & Movies.

On Friday, March 2 at 7:30 p.m., the legendary actor Bill Murray, will team up with distinguished German cellist, Jan Vogler, violinist Mira Wang and pianist Vanessa Perez to present a spirited evening of music and literature with “New Worlds.”

On Saturday, March 3 at 8 p.m., catch “Russian Fantasy” with 23-year old American violinist Chad Hoopes, who will be performing the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto, and 25-year old Russian pianist Nikolay Khozyainov, in the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3. Joining them will be The Symphonia, Boca Raton, led by Constantine Kitsopoulos.

Closing the Festival on Sunday, March 4 at 6 p.m. will be E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial screened on a giant LED wall above the stage while John Williams’ memorable Academy Award-winning score is performed live by the Symphonia, Boca Raton led by Constantine Kitsopoulos.

Tickets range from $15 to $250 per person and are available at www.festivalboca.org or by calling (866) 571-ARTS (866-571-2787). Multi-event and full Festival packages are also available. For program details and ticket information visit: www.festivalboca.org.