The Festival Beat

Voice for the Voiceless
By Paul E. Richardson

Urrea has made his literary career ­– which now includes 17 books, numerous awards – writing about places and peoples that few people see or understand, but that form an essential part of our country’s fabric and culture.

Pictures from the Edge
By Paul E. Richardson

Don Pettit is America's oldest actively serving astronaut. And one heckuva great photographer.

A Planet's Fate
By Paul Richardson

Bill McKibben brings a very important voice to the study of our planet’s present and future, because all that he writes, all that he does, is grounded in hope.

The State of the World
By Paul Richardson

It is pretty difficult not to look at our world today and pithily conclude that “it is a mess.” It would seem a time ripe for US leadership, yet it seems to be a time of “rejection of internationalism.”

How Opera Defeated Science
By Paul Richardson

If this whole opera thing doesn’t work out, Larisa Martínez always has her bachelor’s degree (with high honors) in Environmental Sciences to fall back on. But let’s be clear, the opera thing is going very well.

The Art of History
By Joy Choquette

The Encyclopedia Britannica asserts that “Any attempt to arrive at a precise, all-encompassing definition of jazz is probably futile.” Replace the word jazz in that quote with the name Terence Blanchard and you have a statement that is no less true or beguiling.

Festival Boca Takes First Place!
By Festival Boca Team

Festival Boca took First Place at the SUNsational Awards in the category of Hybrid Event, for its presentation of Nadine Sierra and Friends, broadcast via live-streaming on March 6, 2021.

Virtually Live

We were a bit trepidatious about moving the Festival to a virtual setting. But opening weekend came off without a hitch, and we are getting lots of positive feedback about the Nadine Sierra and James Ehnes concerts.

A Voice of Experience
By Paul Richardson

Admiral James Stavridis will share timely views and information about the current state of the world, based on many years spent in top leadership and NATO posts.

A Journalist at the Center
By Paul Richardson

In a talk sponsored by Baptist Health, Sonia Shah brings insight and clarification to how environmental changes, often a result of human behavior, affect disease, and how migration – naturally and historically the focus of suspicion – may actually be our salvation.

When the Wolf Gets In
By Paul Richardson

Bruce Feiler, the author of seven New York Times bestsellers, the presenter of two prime-time series on PBS, and the inspiration for the drama Council of Dads on NBC, has been thinking a lot about wolves of late.

An All Star Orchestral Event
By Paul Richardson

When the Festival Boca team decided to go ahead with a virtual 2021 season, they knew they had to include Music Director Constantine Kitsopoulos and the Festival Orchestra, who have anchored the Festival’s programs over the last 15 years. But, in the age of social distancing and masking, that posed unusual challenges.

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