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South Florida to Welcome "Greatest of the Greatest" in Entertainment During 8th Annual Festival of the Arts Boca from March 6-15

BOCA RATON, Fla., Jan. 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Festival of the Arts Boca, set for March 6thMarch 15th, 2014, will assemble the biggest parade of stars in the event's eight-year history at the Schmidt Family Centre for the Arts at the Mizner Park Amphitheater in Boca Raton, Florida. 

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Violin virtuoso Itzhak Perlman will open the Festival on Thursday, March 6 at 7:30 p.m. accompanied by Festival Orchestra Boca under the direction of Festival Music Director Constantine Kitsopoulos.  Perlman will return to the Festival stage on Sunday, March 9 at 7 p.m. for the Florida premiere of his new program of traditional Jewish and Klezmer music with celebrated Cantor Yitzchak Meir Helfgot, Eternal Echoes: Songs and Dances for the Soul.

Dance will be brought back to the Festival this season with one of America's leading dance troupes, the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company.   

The blazing, technically flawless Cuban-born trumpeter, Arturo Sandoval will return to the Festival stage in 2014 in a tribute concert to his mentor, Dizzie Gillespie, with special guest Monica Mancini and the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra.   

Cirque de la Symphonie will delight the whole family, combining the best elements of cirque and symphonic music, with some of the most amazing veterans of today's cirque programs.

The Festival of the Arts Boca will close in spectacular fashion with the Florida premiere of today's newest and most exciting singing group, the multicultural, operatic tenor trio Forte whose performances on America's Got Talent captivated millions and launched the group into the national spotlight.

Headlining this season's Authors & Ideas Program is Doris Kearns Goodwin, acclaimed presidential historian, who is returning to the Festival for the fourth time to speak about Theodore Roosevelt and her new book The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism.  Goodwin will be joined by Anna Deavere Smith, award winning actress currently starring in Nurse Jackie, author and creator of a new form of theater will bring to the Festival the same creativity she has brought to the Aspen Institute and many other venues; James Fallows, award winning national correspondent for the Atlantic, author of 10 books, most recently China Airborne:  the Test of China's Future; Dr. Daniel Levitin, best-selling author of  This Is Your Brain On Music and The World in Six Songs; Barbara Schmidt, businesswoman, philanthropist and spiritual teacher, will discuss Vicktor Frankl's "Man Searching for Meaning': and, Geraldine Brooks, Pulitzer Prize winning author of March and other books, including most recently Caleb's Crossing and People of the Book will lend a different perspective to the Festival.

Tickets range from $25 to $125 per person and are available at www.festivalboca.com or 866-571-ARTS.   

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