Festival of the Arts BOCA
Presented by the Schmidt Family Centre for the Arts at Mizner Park, the annual Festival of the Arts BOCA is considered by critics to be “an important and impressive addition to the artistic landscape” and features the finest in classical music, jazz, dance, film and authors.
Established in 2007, the Festival was designed to promote the cultural arts and to enrich the quality of life of the residents of Boca Raton, North Broward and Palm Beach Counties. As conceived by its founders, the Festival is more than just programming; it is a unique way of bringing world class performers, authors and speakers to Boca which would be unattainable but for the special qualities of a serious cultural arts festival in a great wintertime destination.
The Festival celebrates the special quality of life in Boca Raton and Palm Beach County and the special qualities of Mizner Park, which was selected by the American Planning Association as one of the ten best urban places in the United States. The Festival is special, because of the venue, the season, the quality and diversity of its cultural offerings and because of the opportunity for young and old to celebrate the traditions of the great arts and to be exposed to the incredible diversity of the performing and literary arts, at the highest levels.
The Festival is special not just for the audience, but for the performers as well who appreciate the specialty of a festival and enjoy the opportunity to interact with other artists in a relaxed and convivial setting. The Festival tent, gleaming with lights, effects an uncommon sense of excitement and celebration in a casual environment which is comfortable to patrons who do not regularly attend concerts at more formal performing arts halls. And, the Festival is special because it is periodic and each year offers “something old and something new.”
The Festival of the Arts BOCA is also about cultural arts education – introducing new audiences to great music and exposing young people to the great artists in master classes and open rehearsals. The images are remarkable: Vladimir Jurowski conducting the student orchestra at the Dreyfoos School of the Arts, Sir James and Lady Jeanne Galway leading the best flute students in the region in a master class and performance entitled Flutewise, Tiempo Libre “teaching” the history of Latin jazz in words and music and the orchestra of Lynn University performing on stage with Tiempo Libre in the debut of a new composition at the Festival, Itzhak Perlman “doing a little Q & A” at the end of a chamber music concert where Perlman performed with students of the Perlman School of Music are just a few of the special moments that have been produced by the Festival. The Festival continues its commitment to education, offering master classes, lectures and open rehearsals to over 7,000 area students. In addition, over 1,000 Festival tickets are donated to students and teachers every Festival.
The Festival of the Arts BOCA has made a significant contribution to the reputation of Boca Raton and Palm Beach County as a quality tourist destination in the face of increased competition from other tropical destinations including the west coast of Florida, the Caribbean and Central America, together with the changing character of South Florida. What the Festival has done for Boca Raton and Palm Beach County is to establish a reputation as the home of a “best-of-class” cultural arts experience.
Boca Raton, FL 33432
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