BOCA RATON (CBS12) — Known for featuring the finest in classical music, jazz, dance, film, authors and art - the 10th Annual Festival of the Arts Co-Founded by Wendy Larsen and Charlie Siemon, started last Friday in Boca Raton at the Mizner Park Amphitheater. CBS 12's News Anchor Michele Wright was the Emcee closing night, Wednesday March 16th. Working with Festival director Joanna Kaye& husband Jeff Kaye, Michele also introduced Grammy Award-winning violinist Joshua Bell.
Presented by The Schmidt Family Centre of the Arts, the Festival will be at the Mizner Park Amphitheaterfrom March 4th-16th.
Considered by critics to be "an important and impressive addition to the artistic landscape," the Festival is celebrating it's 10th Anniversary. CBS 12 is a proud media sponsor.
Since 2007, the Festival has offered visitors of all ages a chance to celebrate the arts and be exposed to new art forms at their highest level. It was designed to promote culture and to enrich the quality of life of the residents in Boca Raton, North Broward and Palm Beach County.
This year, the week long event kicks off with a showing of Raiders of the Lost Ark with the movie's music performed by a live orchestra.
Throughout the week, the Festival will feature notable guests like Journalist, Author, Washington Post columnist and host of CNN's GPS - Fareed Zakaria - who will be at Mizner Park to speak on 'The Next Security Crisis.'
For the first time, opera will be performed this year at the Festival of the Arts! You can see Mozart's timeless masterpiece The Magic Flute, which is the second-most performed opera in the world.
And to close the cultural experience, Violin Superstar and Conductor Joshua Bell will perform 'Vivaldi's Four Seasons' alongside the Lynn Philharmonia Orchestra.
Photo Courtesy:Sherry Ferrante
That's not all either! Check out a full list of the performances, speakers and events you can expect at the Festival below.
Complete List of the Events:
March 4th - Indiana Jones and Raiders of Lost Ark: Film with live Orchestra
March 5th - Mozart's The Magic Flute: Performance
March 6th - Vets Helping Heroes with Irwin Stovroff: "An Extraordinary Life, Gone to the Dogs"
March 6th - Jazz Trumpet Legend Herb Alpert & Grammy Award Winning Singer Lani Hall: Performance
March 7th - Journalist & Author Fareed Zakaria: Speaks on "Global Trends & Hot Spots - The Next Security Crisis"
March 8th - Author & Neurobiologist Dr. Robert Sapolsky: "The Biology of Good and Evil"
March 9th - Novelist & Essayist Laila Lalami: "The Moor's Account"
March 11th - Florida Premiere of Joey Alexander Trio with The Symphonia, Boca Raton & Constantine Kitsopoulos: Performance
March 12th - Dr. Jay Winter: "The Enduring Legacy of World War I and its Impact on the 21st Century"
March 12th - Cirque de la Symphonie: Performance by The Symphonia, Boca Raton & Constantine Kitsopoulos
March 13th - Vivaldi's Four Seasons: Performance by Violin Superstar & Conductor Joshua Bell with the Lynn Philharmonia.Narrated by: Jan McArt
For more information on the Festival of the Arts BOCA, visit festivaloftheartsboca.org.