Raiders of the Lost Ark at FOA

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The 10th annual Festival of the Arts BOCA, presented by the Schmidt Family Centre for the Arts at the Mizner Park Amphitheater from March 4-16, will appeal to cultural aficionados of all ages. Among the highlights will be two family friendly features, the Florida premier of the film Raiders of the Lost Ark and Cirque de la Symphonie, both presented with a live orchestra. This season’s festival will open on Friday, March 4, 2016, with the 35th anniversary celebration of Raiders of the Lost Ark. Digitally remastered, the film that gave the world one of its greatest movie heroes, Indiana Jones, is back and better than ever before. The year is 1936, and professor of archeology and “obtainer of rare antiquities,” Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford), is tasked by U.S. Army Intelligence to recover the legendary Ark of the Covenant before it falls into the hands of the Nazis. Indy’s quest takes him to Nepal and Egypt, reuniting him with an old friend (John Rhys-Davies), an old foe (Paul Freeman) and an ex-flame (Karen Allen) who falls somewhere in between. Armed with his hat, whip and wits, our intrepid hero must face formidable enemies – and impossible odds – to save the day and the world. John Williams’ epic score from the film will be performed live to picture by the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra from the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music and conducted by Constantine Kitsopoulos. On Saturday, March 12, Cirque de la Symphonie will bring the magic of cirque to Mizner Park. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. with special games, children’s activities and more at 6 p.m. Cirque is an elegant adaptation of some of the most amazing cirque acts performed on a stage shared with the full symphony orchestra, showcasing many of the best artists in the world. The audience will be thrilled and bedazzled by aerial flyers, acrobats, contortionists, dancers, jugglers, balancers and strongmen. These accomplished cirque veterans include world-record holders, gold-medal winners of international competitions, Olympians and some of the most original talent ever seen. Each Cirque de la Symphonie performance is perfectly choreographed to classical masterpieces, raising cirque artistry to a fine arts level. Adding a stunning visual element to the concert experience, these aerialists and acrobats provide a three-dimensional entertainment extravaganza. Orchestras play with enhanced enthusiasm, while patrons marvel at the jaw-dropping spectacle of aerialists flying overhead and astonishing acrobatic feats. Fusing the power and majesty of the live orchestra with the best of cirque artistry, Cirque de la Symphonie is the only cirque company in the world that performs exclusively with symphony orchestras. More than 100 orchestras worldwide have featured Cirque de la Symphonie in sold-out venues, adding energy and excitement to the concert experience. Tickets range from $15 to $225 per person and are available at www.festivalboca.com or by calling (866) 571-ARTS (866-571-2787).