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Culture in August…ballet and the American songbook this weekend

Culture in Boca is alive and well, even in August.

Boca’s orchestra will play music by Ira Gershwin, Cole Porter, Count Basie and others in a free outdoor concert Friday. And Boca’s ballet company will perform mixed repertory Saturday and Sunday.

The Symphonia will swing into the Mizner Park Amphitheater at 7:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 2. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Music will include “One O’Clock Jump,” “In the Mood,” “April in Paris,” “Too Darn Hot!” among other tunes.

The concert will feature vocalists Tania Grubbs and Bill Stafford, saxophonist Gary Keller and a full Big Band.

Blankets and chairs are welcome, and chairs will be available to rent for $5. Free parking is available at City Hall and the Boca Raton Library.

Food and beverages will be available to purchase inside the venue.   No outside food or beverages are allowed.  The concert is rain or shine.

Boca Ballet Theatre will perform twice this weekend. The company will dance  “Bohemian Rhapsody” and excerpts from “Ramonda” and “Rite of Spring,” with music by Stravinsky.

Photo by Keith May

Guest artists will be Kaleena Burks and James Kirby Rogers from Kansas City Ballet.

Performances are 7:30 p.m. Saturday Aug. 3 and 2 p.m. Sunday Aug. 4.

Tickets are $40 for adults and $30 for children and seniors at 561-995-0709 or www.bocaballet.org

Boca Ballet uses The Countess de Hoernle Theatre at Spanish River High School, 5100 Jog Road as a venue.  

Tickets are also on sale for the Symphonia’s upcoming season of concerts, including the Celebrating Women in Music Series.

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