Surprise…There’s a culture scene here, too

Especially in the winter months, famous names come here in droves to perform…and warm. But locals know the best-kept secrets are concerts by a chamber orchestra, spring and summer ballets with national dancers and Festival of the Arts BOCA. 

Lang Realty/Lang Management was a sponsor of the 10-day, 18th festival that just wrapped with a jazz orchestra’s ode to 100 years of “Rhapsody in Blue.” Headliners were Kennedy Center honoree and opera superstar Renee Fleming, who sounded and looked dazzling in gold sequins, famous designer Isaac Mizrahi in his cabaret persona coming off his two-week stint at Café Caryle in New York.  And Monica Mancini with an orchestra homage to her late dad Henry Mancini’s birthday.  “I would say the Festival exceeded our expectations,” Festival executive director Joanna Marie Kaye concluded.

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Boca Ballet Theatre’s known for bringing in nationally known leads in their off-season. New York City Ballet principal dancer Anthony Huxley and ballerina Emma Van Enck will join the corps de ballet in “La Sylphide” in July. “Spring Menagerie,” their April repertory with eight professional dancers, is described as “a light, fun mix of dances with a spring theme.” Their annual “Nutcracker” over Thanksgiving weekend has surpassed the ‘holiday favorite’ and is now a must-see.  

The Symphonia, aptly described as a ‘world-class chamber orchestra’ grew their subscription following and had to move to a bigger venue. Like most performing arts groups, they have a season of concerts around a specific theme. Principal conductor Alastar Willis was Grammy nominated for Best Classic Album for is Ravel’s “L’Enfant et les Sortileges” with Nashville Symphony and Opera for Naxos. 

These cultural performances are in Boca Raton alone, not even counting visiting orchestras and opera companies in the major performing arts venues nearby in West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale and Miami, now easily accessible with a new hi-speed private rail called Brightline. 

And the Cultural Council for Palm Beach County helps keep track of art and other exhibitions happening year-round. 

 

  

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