All the World’s a Stage: Festival of the Arts BOCA Celebrates Fifth Season March 4 – 12, 2011 with Stellar Melting Pot of Culture, Generations & Talent

  • Singing Sensation Jackie Evancho, Ballet Hispanico Among Featured Artists–
    The Festival of the Arts BOCA ushers in its fifth season March 4 – 12, 2011 at the Schmidt Family Centre for the Arts at the Count de Hoernle Amphitheater in Boca Raton with an extraordinary line-up of international talent. Tickets go on sale December 9th.
    “With a nod to Kansas and masterful presentation of The Wizard of Oz and the U.S. debut of Montengro’s award-winning guitarist Miloš Karadaglić, this Festival will be our most diverse and engaging yet,” said Charlie Siemon, Festival Chair. “Blending all aspects of culture, multiple generations of talent and pockets of the world, this year’s event will be nothing short of spectacular.”
    2011 in Music, Dance & Film
    Headlining the fifth Annual Festival of the Arts BOCA will be ten-year old American crossover soprano sensation, Jackie Evancho, discovered on America’s Got Talent. Evancho recently released her Syco/Columbia Records CD/DVD debut, “O Holy Night.” Evancho will perform in the Festival’s “A Night at the Opera” with Young Stars of the Metropolitan Opera – Katie Van Kooten (soprano), Jennifer Holloway (mezzo-soprano), Adam Diegel (tenor) and Michael Todd Simpson (baritone); under the direction of Constantine Kitsopoulos and accompanied by the Boca Raton Symphonia.
    The legendary Canadian Brass, comprised of five brass virtuosos, will perform a repertoire ranging from Baroque masters to marches – jazz to Broadway. Popular in Canada and beyond, Canadian Brass has sold more than one million albums worldwide and continues to score Billboard chart positions selling sold-out performances throughout the U.S., Canada, Japan and Europe.
    Piano Latino showcases two Grammy Award-winning Latin pianists, Eddie Palmieri and Michel Camilo and the unique artistry, style, and technique of these two legendary musicians. They are joined by 24-year old Cuban-born pianist Alfredo Rodriguez, one of the Latin music world’s most talented young stars, discovered by the illustrious Quincy Jones.
    Not since the heyday of the great Andrés Segovia has the world been so enraptured by a guitar virtuoso. 27-year-old Miloš Karadaglić, recently signed to an unprecedented international contract with Universal Music Group, will make his United States debut at the Festival on March 6th. Karadaglić has received numerous awards and been hailed as one of the most gifted musicians of his generation. Boca audiences will get this sneak preview at one of the world’s most exciting classical musicians just before the release of his debut album in April 2011.
    Venezuelan-born pianist, Gabriela Montero, is known for her visionary interpretations and unique improvisational gifts that have won her a quickly expanding audience and devoted worldwide following. She engages her audiences with her brilliant performances and invitations to be a part of her show. In January 2009, at the invitation of President-Elect Barack Obama, Ms. Montero played in the quartet performance of John Williams’ Air and Simple Gifts at the 56th Inaugural Ceremony.

    Ballet Hispanico, based in New York City, performs a diverse repertory by the foremost choreographers of our time as well as emerging artists, and has made more than 3,350 performances throughout 11 countries on three continents. Fusing Latin dance with classical and contemporary techniques, Ballet Hispanico represents a multitude of nationalities including Venezuela, Cuba, Trinidad, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Spain, Brazil, Argentina and Columbia.

    Oz with Orchestra promises to be an unforgettable, magical presentation of the classic and most-watched film, The Wizard of Oz. The brilliantly restored images are accompanied by the Boca Raton Symphonia playing entirely new transcriptions of Harold Arlen’s brilliant lost scores. Hearing Judy Garland’s original 1939 studio recordings, backed by lush, live orchestration, will transport children and adults alike – all are invited to come in Wizard of Oz costumes.
    Festival of the Arts BOCA kicks-off on the evening of March 4, 2011 with the Future Stars Performing Arts Competition, presented by the Rotary Club of Boca Raton, recognized as one of South Florida’s premier youth arts contests.
    2011 in Literature

    This year’s literature program once again welcomes Distinguished Writer in Residence, Doris Kearns Goodwin, the Presidential Historian; Kevin Bleyer, multiple Emmy Award-winning writer for “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” and co-author of the New York Times #1 bestseller, Earth: The Book; and Kate Walbert, author of A Short History of Women (one of The New York Times Book Review’s Ten Best Books of 2009), Our Kind (a Finalist for the National Book Award in 2004); and The Gardens of Kyoto (winner of the Connecticut Book Award for best fiction in 2002).
    About the Festival:
    Ticket sales will open to the general public on December 9th. Individual tickets range from $35 to $125. Packages are available for week-long admission to all events. For more information call 561-368-8445 and to purchase tickets visit wwww.festivaloftheartsboca.org or call 866-571-ARTS. Groups of ten or more will receive a 10% discount on tickets. For group sales, call 866-571-2787.
    In its fifth year, Festival of the Arts BOCA is an extraordinary, multi-day cultural arts event for South Florida. IMG Artists, a leader in worldwide cultural arts management and producer of three world renowned festivals: Tuscan Sun Festival, a late summertime festival in Cortona, 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 2011.
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