At the Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center this morning, Charlie Siemon, Chairman of Festival of the Arts Boca, announced the much-anticipated lineup for the 2012 festival, which will run from March 7 to 18 in Mizner Park.
“We’re proud of what will be another bang-up year,” said Siemon, stressing that the 2011 festival’s trends toward younger performers will continue next year. He also said that the festival has built up enough prestige in its five years that booking his most desired acts was not a problem: “When we wanted somebody, we were able to get them.”
Look for more extensive coverage of Festival of the Arts Boca in the February edition of Boca Raton magazine, including a detailed festival road map and interviews with authors. In the meantime, here’s the full lineup.
7:30 p.m. March 7: Jose Carreras, a world-renowned member of the Three Tenors, will perform at Mizner Park Amphitheater.
7:30 p.m. March 8: Alfredo Rodriguez, a Cuban jazz pianist with Miami roots, will perform with his trio at Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center.
7:30 p.m. March 9: Building from the success of last year’s live score to “The Wizard of Oz,” the Boca Symphonia will conduct the music for a screening of “Casablanca,” to celebrate the film’s 70th anniversary, at the amphitheater.
4 p.m. March 10: Kevin Bleyer, the head writer for “The Daily Show” will return by popular demand after his successful lecture at this year’s festival, at the cultural arts center.
7:30 p.m. March 10: “The Night at the Opera” will feature three young stars from the Metropolitan Opera – Angela Meade, James Valenti and Jennifer Johnson Cano – at the amphitheater.
4 p.m. March 11: Barbara McDonald Stewart, whose father James served as the first U.S ambassador to Israel, will speak about the founding of Israel and her book “Refugees and Rescue” at the cultural arts center.
7:30 p.m. March 11: Time for Three, a string trio that combines classical, country, gypsy and jazz music into its repertoire, will perform at the amphitheater.
7 p.m. March 12: Mika Brzezinski, co-host of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” will speak about “Knowing Your Value” at the amphitheater.
7 p.m. March 13: Dr. Susan Resnick Pierce will moderate a President’s Panel on “The Role of the College President in Preparing Citizens of the World” at the cultural arts center.
7:30 p.m. March 14: Ukrainian pianist Valentina Lisitsa will perform with the Lynn Philharmonia at the amphitheater.
7:30 p.m. March 15: Two jazz trios – fronted by Patti Austin and Tony DeSaro, the former focusing on Gershwin – will present a “Jazz Roots” program in the amphitheater.
7 p.m. March 16: Andrew Ross Sorkin, the best-selling journalist of “Too Big to Fail,” will speak about “How to Fix the Financial System” at the amphitheater.
8:30 p.m. March 16: Legendary Mexican-American conga player, Latin jazz band leader and salsa singer Poncho Sanchez will provide an evening of music and dancing at the amphitheater.
3 p.m. March 17: Celtic rock band Seven Nations and the Drake School Dancers will highlight a special Saint Patrick’s Day Bash at the amphitheater.
5 p.m. March 18: Presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, the festival’s Distinguished Writer in Residence, will conclude Festival of the Arts Boca at the cultural arts center.
Special VIP tickets are on sale now; individual and package tickets for the public will go on sale Nov. 2. For information, call 561/368-8445 or visit www.festivaloftheartsboca.org.