The Festival Beat

Music's Transformative Power
By FOA Boca

For 35 years, the Young People's Chorus of New York City has been altering the trajectory of children's lives, and demonstrating the power of music to uplift and transform.

Mickey's Comeback Film
By Paul Richardson

Walt Disney was worried. It was 1936 and the popularity of his film company’s star and mascot, Mickey Mouse, was on the wane. Only eight years old at the time, Mickey was beginning to be eclipsed by the new kid on the block, the ever-feisty Donald Duck.

Nestor Torres Returns to Festival Boca
By Paul Richardson

The legendary Nestor Torres returns to Festival Boca on March 13 as Season 16's closing act. We can't wait to have him back!

Familiar Songs in a New Way
By Paul Richardson

“Whatever genre it is, the only thing that really counts is if it has heart and if it’s sincere,” says Tiem for Three violinist Nick Kendall.

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.

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.

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