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Festival Celebrates Music in Film, Youth Prodigies and Talent From Around the World


BOCA RATON, FLORIDA (November 3, 2016) – Festival of the Arts BOCA returns to the Mizner Park Amphitheater and the Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center, presented by Schmidt Family Centre for the Arts, March 2 – 12, 2017, with a diverse and exciting line-up to celebrate its 11th installation.


“We are so excited to present the 2017 Festival of the Arts BOCA season and we think the audience will be too,” said Charlie Siemon, co-founder and co-producer. “We have stars from all over the world, from Brazil to Indonesia to Mexico and the United States, and famous music from the most beloved films and opera, by the world’s greatest composers.  And three of the headliners have a combined age of 45!” 


“Our Authors & Ideas Program is extremely varied, exploring areas of politics, the arts, science and fiction,” added Siemon. 


On Friday, March 3 at 7 p.m., the Festival will welcome Grammy Award-winning saxophonist Branford Marsalis joining The Symphonia, Boca Raton conducted by Constantine Kitsopoulos, in a program that will include music by John Williams from Catch Me if You CanStar Wars and Harry Potter.


On Saturday, March 4 at 7:30 p.m., the Festival will feature the most popular opera of all time, La Bohème, in a semi-staged version (in Italian with English supertitles), with The Symphonia and Kitsopoulos and a stellar cast of young singers. Billed as “Opera for the 99 Percent”, La Bohème will be an experience everyone can afford, with tickets starting at $9.99. 


On Sunday, March 5 at 7 p.m., 13-year old Indonesian jazz piano prodigy, Joey Alexander, who wowed Festival-goers last season, returns to Mizner Park Amphitheater in a double bill with 13-year old Mexican classical pianist Daniela Liebman.  Accompanied by The Symphonia and Constantine Kitsopoulos, the two teen prodigies will perform a program including Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No. 2 and new symphonic arrangements of Joey Alexander’s music.


A big surprise is in store for the concert Friday, March 10 at 7:30pm: the romantic Violin Concerto in G Minor by Bruch will be performed by a world-renowned Mystery Violinist, whose name will be revealed in January.  Completing the program with The Symphonia and  Maestro Kitsopoulos will be Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with wunderkind Daniel Hsu, who performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra this past summer.


On Saturday, March 11 at 7:30 p.m., the Festival is proud to present the world premiere of Blake Edwards’ classic 1964 comedy film, The Pink Panther with Henry Mancini’s iconic Grammy-winning score performed live by the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra, conducted by Constantine Kitsopoulos.  The Pink Panther and its famous saxophone theme music have become cross-generational American icons, spawning a series of animated films that are instantly recognized by everyone, young and old.  Relive the original classic featuring David Niven, Peter Sellers, Robert Wagner, Capucine and Claudia Cardinale on the giant screen at Mizner Park for a memorable and historic evening.


The Festival’s last performance will take place on Sunday, March 12 at 7 p.m. with three-time Grammy Award winning Sergio Mendes & Brasil 2017 in an exclusive South Florida appearance.  Widely recognized as one of the most successful Brazilian artists of all time, Sergio Mendes will bring his favorite hits including “Mas Que Nada” to Boca Raton, closing the Festival on a dynamic note.


The Author & Ideas Program welcomes Jennifer Egan, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Visit from the Goon Squad; Bob Mankoff, cartoon editor for The New YorkerJon Meacham, presidential historian, Pulitzer Prize winner and contributing editor at Time magazine; and Brian Greene, author of The Elegant Universe, theoretical physicist and entertaining communicator of cutting-edge scientific concepts. 


Tickets for the 11th Annual Festival of the Arts BOCA range from $9.99 to $125 per person and will be available starting November 1, 2016 at www.festivalboca.org or by calling (866) 571-ARTS (866-571-2787).  Multi-event and full Festival packages are also available.  


St. Hugh-Steinway 2016-17 Concert Series
Continues  FRIDAY, March 3, 2017 8PM 


Kyung-ah kim, piano
Roberto Berrocal, piano

Ravel's Bolero, Grieg's Piano Concert,
and solo works by Ms. Kim

St. Hugh Church
3460 Royal Road, Coconut Grove, Fl 33133

St. Hugh-Steinway Concert Series continues its 2016-17 Season on Friday, March 3, 2017 at 8 pm with a duo-piano concert the remarkable Korean pianist and Roberto Berrocal, Basque concert pianist and Artistic Director of the Series. Tickets of $45 and $30 are available online at www.sthughconcerts.org , by phone at 305-318-5008 or at the door.

St. Hugh-Steinway Concert Series is in its fifth season of vocal and instrumental concerts, presenting four concerts each year of both classical and popular music. Each concert is followed by a free wine & cheese reception in the adjoining hall to meet the artists, always a well-attended and cheerful event.

St. Hugh Catholic Church has a striking vertical interior with beautiful stained glass and excellent acoustics. The intimate 500-seat church has become a successful concert venue. 

Pianist Kyung-Ah KIM

Suburban Chicago News referred to Kyung-Ah KIM as "part of the wave of new pianists with an ability to act the part of a star.”

A native of Korea, pianist Kyung-Ah Kim debuted at age 11 with the Seoul Philharmonic. After winning numerous competitions, and graduating from the New England Conservatory and Boston University with a PhD, she has been the featured soloist with the Busan Philharmonic Orchestra, the Romance Philharmonic Orchestra, the Seoul Orchestra, the BU Symphony Orchestra, Gyeonggi Philharmonic Orchestra, the NEC Philharmonic Orchestra, the Boston Pops Orchestra, John Williams conducting, among others.  

She is a regular recitalist in both Europe and Asia, and retains a prestigious teaching position at Seoul University.

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR Roberto Berrocal grew up in Bilbao, Spain. In 1996 he entered College of Charleston, South Carolina and made his professional debut at 18 playing Liszt's Piano Concerto No. 2. After graduating from the New England Conservatory of Music, he has garnered rave reviews for his superb musicianship both as a soloist and an accompanist.

In addition to his solo recital repertoire, Roberto has played the piano concertos of Liszt, Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky, Chopin, Shostakovich, and Mozart in Europe, Latin America and the US. In 2015 he played Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2 in the St Hugh-Steinway Series at the New World Center, and in 2016 Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 at St. Hugh Catholic Church. In October, 2016 he performed the concerto with the Costa Rican National Symphony Orchestra.

In 2006, Roberto joined the Florida Grand Opera as principal pianist and vocal coach for the 25th, 26th, and 27th National Voice Competitions and Young Artist's Program. He has taught at The New World School of the Arts, and in 2007 became the Music Director at St. Hugh Catholic Church. He founded the  St. Hugh-Steinway Concert Series in 2011 with St. Hugh Pastor, Fr. Federico Capdepón.  

Orchestra Miami proudly presents “Little Red Riding Hood”, an opera by Seymour Barab. Everyone’s favorite fairy tale will be sung by three professional opera singers in this charming, fully staged production. Soprano Sydnee Waggoner stars as Little Red Riding Hood, with baritone Daniel Snodgrass as the Wolf and Natalie Rose Havens as Mother/Grandma, accompanied by Orchestra Miami’s Artistic Director Elaine Rinaldi at the piano. Full of laughter and surprises, this entertaining opera reminds kids of one of childhood’s most important lessons- don’t talk to strangers! The performance lasts 1 hour; cookies and juice served after the show! Friday, March 3rd, 8 PM at Pinecrest Gardens (11000 SW 57 Avenue, Pinecrest, 33156- free onsite parking). Tickets are $10 for kids (ages 3-17), $12 for seniors (65 & up) and $15 for adults, available at www.orchestramiami.org or by calling (305) 274-2103.

Join us for a night of music with renowned cellist Jason Calloway. This event will feature works by American composers Augusta Read Thomas, Ingrid Arauco, Ralph Shapey, Richard Broadhead,, Elliott Carter, and Mena Mark Hanna. As always, all CMN events are free but require reservation, get your free tickets now!

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