Free concerts, talks at Festival of Arts in March

In the “show must go on” tradition, the 15th annual Festival of the Arts Boca goes virtual and free from March 6 to 14.

Metropolitan Opera soprano and Boca native Nadine Sierra will open on March 6 with pianist Gordon Roberts. Latin Grammy Award winning flutist Nestor Torres in his festival debut will be the finale March 14.

Violin virtuoso James Ehnes and festival music director Constantine Kitsopolous and with “friends” round out the concerts. Music will range from Bach Cantatas, to opera arias, to Broadway show tunes. Transitions guru Bruce Feiler, geopolitics expert Admiral James Stavridis and journalist Sonia Shah are booked for Authors & Ideas talks.

“It’s going to be the same high quality of artists and authors you would see in a live festival of the arts,” said Joanna Marie Kaye, executive director. https://festivalboca.org/

The amphitheater is usually roofed with assigned seating for the festival that draws thousands. Organizers couldn’t do that this year. But they’re promising great talks and performances from familiar venues like the Boca Raton Resort & Club, a hangar at Boca Raton Airport and The Addison and Boca Raton Innovation Campus. “I want to get across how grateful I am to our community’s venues to opening up their arms to us,” Kaye said.

Attendees are asked to make a reservation, even though the talks and performances are free. “When people sign up, we can give them a reminder. Even though this is absolutely free, it’s expensive to produce and we hope people will donate what they would pay for a ticket. They will get a receipt and thank you,” Kaye said. You go on once and choose your events. You can register for another event at a later date.”

By Marci Shatzman

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