Festival of the Arts BOCA Names Constantine Kitsopoulos Music Director

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Internationally Acclaimed Conductor is First Ever to Fill Role for Annual Event

BOCA RATON, FLORIDA (MMD Newswire) January 9, 2012 - - Festival of the Arts BOCA, scheduled for March 7 - 18, 2012 at the Schmidt Family Centre for the Arts and the Count de Hoernle Amphitheater in Boca Raton, has named internationally recognized conductor Constantine Kitsopoulos music director for the annual cultural extravaganza.

"Constantine has been an integral part of our program for the past two years - the first where he led the Russian National Orchestra," said Charlie Siemon, Festival Chair, who together with Wendy Larsen, founded the Festival. "We are more than honored to have him back for our sixth season as the Festival's first named 'music director' who will help bring our program to even greater heights."

"I'm honored to have been chosen as the Festival's first music director and I'm so looking forward to working with Charlie and Wendy, the guest artists, orchestra and production staff to bring the best that the arts have to offer to Boca Raton," said Kitsopoulos. "The audiences that I've encountered at the Festival the past few years have been so warm and receptive and I'm looking forward to getting to know them even better in the future."

Kitsopoulos has made a name for himself as a conductor whose musical experiences span the worlds of opera and symphony, conducting in such venues as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Royal Albert Hall, as well as leading orchestras on Broadway. Kitsopoulos is in his sixth year as music director of the Queens Symphony Orchestra and continues as General Director of Chatham Opera, which he founded in 2005.

Kitsopoulos kicked off his 2011/12 season with a Philadelphia Orchestra debut at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center and a summer tour of Dream with Me with singing sensation Jackie Evancho at the Ravinia and Sun Valley festivals, Atlanta Symphony, Dallas Symphony and at the Omaha Holland Performing Arts Center. In addition, he makes appearances with the New Jersey, Omaha and Napa Valley symphonies and returns to Indiana University where he conducts Bolcom's A View From the Bridge.

Highlights of the 2010/11 season have included debuts with the Dallas, North Carolina, Charlotte and Tucson symphonies and reengagements with Calgary Philharmonic and Baldwin-Wallace College where he conducted La Bohème. In recent seasons, Kitsopoulos debuted with the Tokyo Philharmonic in Japan and at the Festival of the Arts Boca with the Russian National Orchestra. He has also led the Baltimore, Colorado, Detroit, Houston, Milwaukee, New Jersey, Pittsburgh and San Francisco symphony orchestras, as well as the Blossom Festival Orchestra, National Arts Centre Orchestra and New York Pops Orchestra at Carnegie Hall.

In the 2008/09 season, Kitsopoulos conducted Indiana University Opera Theater's The Most Happy Fella. Previous seasons' operatic highlights include The Merry Widow, Gounod's Faust, and Puccini's Madame Butterfly, Chatham Opera's debut of Menotti's Amahl and the Night Visitors, Hong Kong Municipal Opera' Carmen, and Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice at Alice Tully Hall. He also served as Music Director and created the orchestrations for the world premiere production of Ed Dixon's Fanny Hill at the Goodspeed Opera House in Connecticut.

Kitsopoulos has continued to show his ability and interest in performing new works and conducting a wide variety of genres. He conducted the Red Bull Artsehcro in a concert at Carnegie Hall featuring world premieres by Raul Yanez and Laura Karpman. Kitsopoulos has led Tony-nominated musicals A Catered Affair and Coram Boy, American Conservatory Theatre's production of Kurt Weill's Happy End, as well as shows such as Mambo Kings, Dracula, Les Misérables, and Swan Lake.

About the Festival:

In its sixth year, Festival of the Arts BOCA is an extraordinary, multi-day cultural arts event for South Florida. IMG Artists, a leader in worldwide cultural arts management and producer of three world renowned festivals: Tuscan Sun Festival, a late summertime festival in Cortona, Italy; Festival del Sole Napa, a mid-July festival in Napa Valley, California; and the Singapore Sun Festival in the fall, is once again collaborating with the Schmidt Family Centre for the Arts at Mizner Park in the planning and execution of Festival of the Arts BOCA 2012 that will take place March 7 - 18, 2012.

For more information call 561-368-8445 or visit festivaloftheartsboca.org.

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