The Festival Beat

Festival Boca Announces Winners of Music Competition

We are excited to announce the winners of the Festival of the Arts Boca Music Competition. Congratulations to all the winners! We will be hosting a special pre-Festival Winners Concert on March 4 at 7 pm.

James Ehnes Comes to Festival Boca
By Paul Richardson

At just 45, Ehnes has performed as a soloist with most of the world’s finest orchestras and conductors and has been called the greatest violinist of his generation. On March 7, he has is Festival Boca debut.

Nadine Sierra to Make Festival Debut
By Paul Richardson

Nadine Sierra grew up in South Florida, found her love of opera here, and launched from here onto the international stage as one of the world's most acclaimed sopranos.

Season 15 Announced

Festival of the Arts Boca will go forward in 2021, with virtual performances by Florida-based artists from iconic locations throughout Boca Raton from March 6 – 14, 2021.  Each program will stream once only on the Festival of the Arts Boca website. Access is free with advance registration.

15th Anniversary Virtual Gala
By Team BocaFest

Our 90-minute Virtual Gala was a huge success, raising over $25,000 for our music education programs. You can rewatch some or all of the program here.

When the Super Bowl Calls...
By Paul Richardson

It’s not every genre-bending, next-gen classical band that gets invited to perform at the host city’s Super Bowl party. But then Nu Deco Ensemble is not every band.

 

The Band the Internet Built
By Paul Richardson

The very abbreviated story of the internet and international sensation known as Postmodern Jukebox, which went from zero to one billion views in just 7 years.

Making Sense of the 2020 Elections
By Paul E. Richardson

“The real key to success,” Amy Walters says, “doesn’t come from getting the right internship. It comes instead from knowing your own values and your own value. You don’t have to know what you want to do with the rest of your life today. But you need to know who you are and what matters to you.”

How Happy Are We?
By Paul Richardson

Finding the keys to happiness, says Dr. Laurie Santos, requires tapping into our primate brains, and observing the behavior and activities of those who report being very happy. And the results are often surprising, but also uplifting.
 

Truth-telling and story above all else
By Paul Richardson

Roz Chast goes through the world with the eyes of a cartoonist, of a graphic storyteller who is constantly identifying and lampooning the ever anxious and self-conscious American middle class.

Star Wars Secrets
By Paul Richardson

With the arrival of the final Star Wars film, we thought it would be a good time to share some interesting facts we have dug up on the franchise.

The Truth and Power in Jesmyn Ward's Fiction
By Paul Richardson

“Ward is one of those rare writers who’s traveled across America’s deepening class rift with her sense of truth intact.” – The Los Angeles Times

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