Festival Co-Executive Producers Wendy U. Larsen and Charles L. Siemon sent our publisher John Shuff the following letter reviewing the festival so far and highlighting the final performances. We couldn't have put it better ourselves, so we're sharing it with our readers:
Our staff has loved this year's Festival of the Arts Boca, from the Future Stars Competition on opening night, March 4, to last night's concert by pianist Gabriela Montero.
What an exciting time this has been for the Festival of the Arts BOCAâ€™s fifth season! Thank you for helping to make this a reality. It has been a step toward our goal of â€œuniting our community through culture.â€
Each artist has brought an unusual talent to his or her profession and our community is the fortunate recipient. There has been a vast variety: music (classical, opera, jazz and cross-over); dance; film and literature as well as a wide range of young performers alongside seasoned legends.
Within each of the categories, our artists have brought their own gift of performing diverse repertories. It has been wonderful to enjoy these unique blends of artistry.
Tonight is the Wizard of Oz film with the Boca Raton Symphonia and our closing night tomorrow featuring ten-year old Jackie Evancho along with young stars from the Metropolitan Opera promises an exceptional Night at the Opera. Please make every effort to join us.
The behind-the-scenes education outreach programs have brought great joy to many young people. The Canadian Brass demonstrated their craft at Boca High with time for questions and answers and a wonderful time was had by a group from Florence Fuller along with every age group learning dance steps with Ballet Hisipanico here at the Cultural Arts Center. You had to see it to appreciate the wide eyes of young and older participants.Â Today FAU will enjoy a Master Class with John Tessier, tenor from the Metropolitan Opera.
There is so much moreâ€¦ we are grateful to you for making this all possible.
Wendy U. Larsen & Charles L. Siemon, Co-Executive Producers Festival of the Arts BOCA