For almost a decade, the Festival of the Arts Boca has brought a “quality cultural arts experience” to Boca Raton while reinforcing the community’s excitement and economic activity. This event, which opens Friday and runs through March 15, features internationally acclaimed performers and authors. Opening night will host a screening of West Side Story in tandem with Live Festival Orchestra BOCA, conducted by Jayce Ogren at 7:30 p.m. From there, it is a sizable but manageable roster of events like performances by Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn, Young People’s Chorus of New York City, and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with Master Chorale of South Florida and Mozart gala conducted by Constantine Kitsopoulos. Authors like Richard Ford, Clive Thompson, Lucinda Franks, Martin Goldsmith, and Siddhartha Mukherjee will share from their works.
There will also be a performance featuring principal dancers from the American Ballet Theater and the Boston Ballet as well as a screening of the documentary film Girl Rising. The entire listing of events is available on festivaloftheartsboca.org, with detailed ticketing explanations for packages and single events. A nice incentive is a 10 percent discount with the code LIVINGFLA. The Schmidt Family Centre for the Arts presents this festival at the Mizner Park Amphitheater (590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton) and the Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center (201 Plaza Real, Boca Raton). Call 561-368-8445.
Fri., March 6, 2015