“GET READY TO BE AMAZED” AT THE 7TH ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS BOCA MARCH 2013

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The 7th Annual Festival of the Arts BOCA will be presented 7th – 16th March, 2013 by The Schmidt Family Centre for the Arts at the Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real and Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center, 201 Plaza Real (2nd Floor) in Boca Raton, Florida. 

“The 7th Annual Festival of the Arts BOCA will once again bring 10 days of culture, world-class talent, and ‘awe’ to South Florida,” said Charlie Siemon co-founder of the event.  “Sights, sounds and seething with intellect, this Festival has it all.”

2013 Performances

The Festival of the Arts BOCA will kick off on Thursday, 7th March as Bourbon Street Meets Boca with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band.  Founded in New Orleans in 1961, Preservation Hall Jazz Band is the house band for the historic American site carrying its namesake - and among those included in Travel & Leisure magazine’s November 2012 list of “101 Places Every Traveler Should Know".

On Friday, 8th March, the powerful Kodo, a troupe of legendary Japanese taiko drummers, will take the stage with the Kodo One Earth Tour 2013:  Legend, produced under the direction of a Japanese Living National Treasure, Tamasaburo Bando, a Kabuki Theater legend.

Avant-pop classical violinist, Amadeus Leopold - formerly known as Hahn-Bin – is known for merging performance art with popular classical violin repertoire. He made his international debut at the Grammy® Awards at just 12 years of age, and in the years since has performed any many of the world’s most prestigious concert venues.  He will perform with the Boca Raton Symphonia under the direction of Festival Music Director, Constantine Kitsopoulos, on Saturday, 9th March. 

The Peking Acrobats®, whose spectacular, daring, and awe-inspiring feats will amaze the audience on Sunday, 10th March with a dramatic show accompanied by live music.  The troupe has appeared on numerous television shows and movies, most notably Steven Soderbergh’s Ocean’s Eleven, Ellen’s Really Big Show with Ellen DeGeneres, The Wayne Brady Show, ABC'S Wide World of Sports as well as NBC’s Ring in the New Year Holiday Special.


A virtuoso performer unique among keyboardists, Cameron Carpenter will perform with the Boca Raton Symphonia under the direction of Kitsopoulos on Thursday, 14th March.  Carpenter’s approach to the organ is smashing the stereotypes of organists and organ music while generating a level of acclaim, exposure and controversy unprecedented for an organist.  Hitting millions of hits on the internet through YouTube and other channels, Carpenter is the first organist ever nominated for a Grammy® Award for a solo album.

Returning to the Festival for her second year on Friday, 15th March will be Valentina Lisitsa, one of the most sought-after classical pianists on the Web with more than 30 million YouTube channel views.  She will join the New World Symphony, America’s Orchestral Academy, for  their first performance in Boca Raton under the direction of acclaimed conductor Peter Oundjian.

The Festival of the Arts BOCA 2013 will close on Saturday, 16th March 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 received the 2012 Tony Award for Best Actress in the musical, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess.  She is also well known for playing the role of Dr. Naomi Bennett on the hit ABC medical drama, Private Practice, from 2007 to 2011.

“This year's line-up of guest artists promises to delight and surprise our community,” said Constantine Kitsopoulos, Festival Music Director.  “I'm so looking forward to working with Audra McDonald, whom I had the pleasure of recently working with on Broadway; Amadeus Leopold; Cameron Carpenter; and the Boca Raton Symphonia to bring our audiences a new kind of performance experience that I know will open their eyes and ears like never before.” 

2013 Authors & Ideas

On 10th March the Festival of the Arts BOCA will welcome Patricia Engel, whose acclaimed 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.

Declared a National Living Treasure by the Australian Government, 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) will speak at the Festival on Monday, 11th March.

Highly regarded Harvard professor and New York Times best-selling author of Justice:  What’s the Right Thing To Do, Michael Sandel, will take center stage on 13th March.
General George W. Casey, Jr., one of the most accomplished soldiers in U.S. history and an authority on strategic leadership, will speak about his experiences.  General Casey is widely credited with restoring balance to the war-weary U.S. Army, modernizing and leading the transformation necessary to defend our nation in the 21st Century, and ensuring the current force deployed in the war on terror was the best this country has ever fielded.
Other authors will be added to the line-up and announced in the coming weeks.

About the Festival:

In its seventh year, the Festival of the Arts BOCA is an extraordinary, multi-day cultural arts event for South Florida.  The Festival brings to its audiences the world’s most sought after jazz and classical performers and authors while simultaneously cultivating the stars of tomorrow.  IMG Artists, a leader in worldwide cultural arts management and producer of three world renowned festivals: Tuscan Sun Festival, a late summertime festival in Florence, Italy; Festival del Sole Napa, a mid-July festival in Napa Valley, California; and the Singapore Sun Festival in the fall, is once again collaborating with the Schmidt Family Centre for the Arts at Mizner Park in the planning and execution of Festival of the Arts BOCA 2013.

Tickets, ranging from $15 - $100 per person, will go on sale to prior ticket holders on November 15th and to the general public on December 3rd  at www.festivaloftheartsboca.org or by calling (866) 571-ARTS (866-571-2787).  Student discounts will be available for some events with proper identification.

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