BOCA RATON, Fla., Oct. 17, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The 12th Annual Festival of the Arts BOCA, presented by the Schmidt Family Centre for the Arts, will bring an unprecedented parade of stars to the Mizner Park Amphitheater (MPA), 590 Plaza Real and Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center, 201 Plaza Real (2nd Floor) in Boca Raton, February 23 – March 4, 2018.
The Festival opens on Friday, February 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, February 24 at 8 p.m., superstar violinist Itzhak Perlman returns to Mizner Park with his popular In the Fiddler's House program in a Florida exclusive. 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, February 25 at 4 p.m. with Hannah Tinti, best-selling author of The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley and The Good Thief, who will present Cabinets of Wonder.
Also on Sunday, February 25 at 7 p.m., Grupo Compay Segundo from Cuba will make its first US appearance in almost 20 years. 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, February 26 at 7 p.m. with A World In Disarray: Causes, Consequences, Choices.
On Wednesday, February 28 at 7 p.m., the Festival will welcome Peter Diamandis, entrepreneur, author and CEO of the X PRIZE Foundation. 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 World. He 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."
James Marshall, documentary film producer, will present My America – The Perception Gap on Saturday, March 3 at 4 p.m.
On Saturday, March 3 at 8 p.m., Festival of the Arts BOCA welcomes two of the brightest young classical music stars on the concert stage today: 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.
Tickets for the 12th Annual Festival of the Arts BOCA range from $15 to $250 per person and are available at www.festivalboca.org or by calling (866) 571-ARTS (866-571-2787).
For more information visit www.festivalboca.org.
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