The Festival of the Arts Boca on Monday named its 2016 bill of authors, dancers and musicians, a lineup anchored with performances by violinist Joshua Bell, jazz trumpeter Herb Alpert and the circus act Cirque de la Symphonie.
Tickets are on sale now for the 10th annual showcase of top-tier thinkers and creatives, with prices ranging from $15 to $225 per event via FestivalBoca.com.
Bell, a name familiar to visitors of the Kravis and Adrienne Arsht centers, performs with a 302-year-old Stradivarius violin and has played in rarified company: President Barack Obama, British royalty and the cast of "Sesame Street." His March 16 role, on the festival's closing night, is as a soloist and conductor in a performance of Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons" with Lynn University's Philharmonia at Mizner Park Amphitheater.
The festival kicks off 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 4, with a screening of Steven Spielberg's epic "Raiders of the Lost Ark," ($15-$125, Mizner Park Amphitheater) the first in the Indiana Jones saga, with its rousing John Williams score performed live by the University of Miami's Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra. Alpert follows at 7 p.m. March 6 ($15-$75, Amphitheater) in a duet with his wife, Grammy-winning singer Lani Hall.
Pulitzer Prize finalist Laila Lalami heads to the Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center (201 Plaza Real, second floor) 4 p.m. March 9 ($25-$40) to discuss her novel "The Moor's Account," recounting the 16th century voyage of Castilian conquistador Pánfilo de Narváez and his 600-man crew to Florida's Gulf Coast.
On March 11, 12-year-old jazz piano prodigy Joey Alexander will tickle the ivories with his trio at 7:30 p.m. at Mizner Park Amphitheater ($15-$100). Alexander has been on a tear since 2014, after gaining the spotlight with a standout show at Jazz at Lincoln Center, and with a critically praised debut album, "My Favorite Things," released in May.
Cirque de la Symphonie then performs 7:30 p.m. March 12 ($15-$100, Mizner Park Amphitheater), an evening of Russian circus-style performances scored to music by the Symphonia Boca Raton and conductor Constantine Kitsopoulos.
Festival of the Arts Boca will return March 4-16 at Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real, and Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center, 201 Plaza Real, in Boca Raton. Tickets cost $15-$225. Call 866-571-2787 or go to FestivalBoca.com.