The 7th Annual Festival of the Arts BOCA, set for March 7th - 16th, 2013 presented by the Schmidt Family Centre for the Arts at the Mizner Park Amphitheater & Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center in Boca Raton, will bring 'Star After Star' to South Florida.
The Preservation Hall Jazz Band kicks-off the Festival on Thursday, March 7th as 'Bourbon Street Meets Boca'.The Festival will continue with performances by the powerful Kodo, legendary Japanese taiko drummers, produced under the direction of a Japanese Living National Treasure, Tamasaburo Bando, a Kabuki Theater legend, avant-pop classical violinist, Amadeus Leopold - performing with the Boca Raton Symphonia under the direction of Festival Music Director, Constantine Kitsopoulos, and The Peking Acrobats® whose spectacular, daring, and awe-inspiring feats will amaze the audience. A virtuoso performer unique among keyboardists, Cameron Carpenter will perform with the Boca Raton Symphonia under the direction of Kitsopoulos. Acclaimed pianist and YouTube sensation Valentina Lisitsa will join the New World Symphony, America's Orchestral Academy under the direction of acclaimed conductor Peter Oundjian.
The Festival of the Arts BOCA 2013 closes with headliner Audra McDonald, one of the most highly regarded performers of our time with five Tony® Awards, two Grammy® Awards, and a long list of other accolades to her name. Most recently she was named the official host of Live From Lincoln Center starting in December 2012.
This year's program of Authors & Ideas welcomes David Ignatius, Washington Post columnist and editor and novelist, Patricia Engel, whose debut novel Vida was recognized with multiple awards and recognition including New York Times Notable Book of the Year, finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Fiction Award and Paterson Fiction Awards, Thomas Keneally, best known in the U.S. for his novel, Schindler's Ark (the basis for the Academy Award Winning Movie Schindler's List), General George W. Casey, Jr., Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army (Retired) one of the most accomplished soldiers in U.S. history and an authority on strategic leadership, and Michael Sandel, Harvard professor and New York Times best-selling author of Justice: What's the Right Thing To Do.