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2016 Festival Begins








Valentina Lisitsa

With her multi-faceted playing described as “dazzling”, Valentina Lisitsa is at ease in a vast repertoire ranging from Bach and Mozart to Shostakovich and Bernstein.  Her orchestral repertoire alone includes more than forty concerti.  She admits to having a special affinity for the music of Rachmaninoff and Beethoven and continues to add to her vast repertoire each season.  In May 2010, Valentina Lisitsa performed the Dutch premiere of Rachmaninoff’s “New 5th” Concerto in her debut with the Rotterdam Philharmonic, and in August 2011 made her debut with the Orchestra Sinfonica Brasileira under the baton of Maestro Lorin Maazel. In June 2012, Ms. Lisitsa had her recital debut at the Royal Albert Hall in London. The performance was streamed live on her YouTube channel and a recording of the concert was released on iTunes as well as on DVD by Decca Classics.

Previous highlights include debuts with the Chicago Symphony, Seattle Symphony, WDR Cologne, Seoul Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony and the Pittsburgh Symphony, collaborating with conductors Manfred Honeck, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, and Jukka-Pekka Saraste, among others. Her 11-12 season featured debut performances with the Helsinki Philharmonic, the Colorado Symphony and recitals at Ravinia, Festival of the Arts Boca, Teatro de Colon in Buenos Aires and the Casals Festival.

Ms. Lisitsa has recorded 3 independently released DVDs, including her best-selling set of Chopin’s 24 Etudes, which long held the coveted #1 spot on the Amazon music video list.  A champion in the use of new media, Ms. Lisitsa pushes traditional boundaries to reach out to audiences around the globe. With more than 30 million YouTube channel views, Valentina Lisitsa is one of the most sought-after classical musicians on the Web.  Last summer, thousands of music fans worldwide witnessed bedazzled the live broadcast of Ms. Lisitsa’s practice sessions, allowing her to show a different aspect of her artistic persona.  For two weeks, world audiences watched Ms. Lisitsa learn and prepare to the utmost detail almost 4 hours of new music in daily 14 hour long sessions.  Similar initiatives followed for the recording sessions of her upcoming CD’s, receiving the enthusiastic approval and support from fans around the world.  In addition, Ms. Lisitsa has recently completed recordings of the complete concerti of Rachmaninoff and Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini with the London Symphony Orchestra under conductor Michael Francis.

Valentina Lisitsa records exclusively for Decca Classics and is represented worldwide by Tanja Dorn at IMG Artists.

For more information, please visit www.valentinalisitsa.com.

Photo Credits: Gilbert Francois


Friday, March 4th- 7:30 PM
Film with Live Orchestra: Raiders of the Lost Ark (Florida Premiere)
Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra from the University of Miami Frost School of Music &, - Constantine Kitsopoulos, conductor
Mizner Park Amphitheater

Saturday, March 5th - 7:30 PM
Performance: Mozart's Magic Flute
Semi-staged performance in English with The Symphonia, Boca Raton & Constantine Kitsopoulos, Conductor
Mizner Park Amphitheater

Sunday, March 6th - 7:00 PM
Concert: Jazz Trumpet Legend Herb Alpert and Grammy Award Winning Singer Lani Hall
Mizner Park Amphitheater

Monday, March 7th - 7:00 PM
Authors & Ideas: Journalist & Author Fareed Zakaria, Washington Post Columnist and CNN Host
Topic: Global Trends & Hot Spots: The Next Security Crisis
Mizner Park Amphitheater

Tuesday, March 8th, 7:00 PM
Authors & Ideas: Dr. Robert Sapolsky, Author & Neurobiologist, MacArthur Fellowship Genius
Topic: The Biology of Good and Evil
Cultural Arts Center

Wednesday, March 9th - 7:00 PM
Authors & Ideas: Laila Lalami, Pulitzer Prize finalist for The Moor’s Account
Cultural Arts Center

Friday, March 11th - 7:30 PM
Concert: Joey Alexander Trio with The Symphonia & Constantine Kitsopoulos, conductor
Mizner Park Amphitheater

Saturday , March 12th - 4:00 PM
Authors & Ideas: Dr. Jay Winter
Author, Professor of History and Renowned expert on World War I and II, The Enduring Legacy of World War I and its Impact on the 21st Century
Cultural Arts Center

Saturday , March 12th - 7:30 PM
Performance: Cirque de la Symphonie
The Symphonia with Constantine Kitsopoulos, conductor
Mizner Park Amphitheater

Wednesday, March 16th - 7:00 PM
Concert: Vivaldi’s Four Seasons
Joshua Bell - Violin Superstar and Conductor with the Lynn Philharmonia Orchestra
Narrator: Jan McArt
Mizner Park Amphitheater