Renee and the Russians to be in the spotlight at 2010 Boca festival

By Lawrence Budmen

            The Center for the Arts at Mizner Park has announced the lineup for the fourth annual Festival of the Arts Boca, which will be presented March 5-13, 2010. “From Russia With Love” is the theme of the multidisciplinary event which features concerts, film presentations, literary events and art exhibitions.  

            Once again the Russian National Orchestra will be house band for the festival. The Moscow-based ensemble will present four concerts at the Count de Hoernle Amphitheater. Operatic superstar Renee Fleming headlines the opening concert on March 6, conducted by Patrick Summers, music director of Houston Grand Opera. 

            The remaining three programs will be conducted by Constantine Kitsopoulos.  On March 10 Miami’s stellar chamber choir Seraphic Fire and mezzo-soprano Kelley O’Connor join the orchestra for a performance of Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevsky, which will be synchronized with a newly restored print of the Sergei Eisenstein 1938 film.

      Fourteen year old piano prodigy Conrad Tao plays Rachmaninoff’s Concerto No. 3 on March 12. Russian jazz pianist Eldar also performs with orchestra, on March 11, in the festival’s sole jazz offering. 

            American Ballet Theater principal dancers Irina Dvorovenko and Maxim Beloserkovsky are featured in the Black Swan Pas de Deux from Swan Lake and Splendid Isolation (set to the Adagietto from Mahler’s Fifth Symphony) at the festival finale on March 13. The Polovtsian Dances from Borodin’s Prince Igor, the Mussorgsky-Ravel Pictures at an Exhibition and Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture are the evening’s orchestral offerings. 

            For information about tickets and festival programs, see or call 561-368-8445.

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