General George W. Casey Jr.,

US Army (RET.)

General George W. Casey, Jr. is one of the most accomplished soldiers in U.S. history and an authority on strategic leadership.  As the 36th Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army from April 2007 to 2011, General Casey led what is arguably the world’s largest and most complex organization – 1.1 million people strong, with a $200 billion annual budget – during one of the most extraordinary periods in military and global political history.  He is widely credited with restoring balance to the war-weary U.S. Army, modernizing and leading the transformation necessary to defend our nation in the 21st Century, and ensuring the current force deployed in the war on terror was the best this country has ever fielded.

Prior to this post, General Casey commanded the Multi-National Force – Iraq, a coalition of more than 30 countries, where he guided the Iraq mission through its toughest days.  He led cultural change in the U.S. Armed Forces and built the Iraqi security institutions to set the conditions for our long-term success.  On the homefront, General Casey has been a stalwart advocate for military families, expanding programs for the wounded, addressing the tough issues of substance abuse and suicide, reducing the stigma of combat stress and trauma, and providing long term support for survivors of the fallen.  Known for his vision, candor, integrity and humor, General Casey’s story is one of personal courage and commitment to excellence.

Pre-Festival Events

Sunday, January 29, 2017
The Year of the Rooster Chinese New Year
4:00 pm
Swank Farm dinner/ The Year of the Rooster Chinese New Year

Festival Events

Thursday, March 2
7:00 PM

Author & Ideas: Jennifer Egan, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Visit From the Goon Squad – Novelist as Journalist/Journalist as Novelist
Cultural Arts Center

Friday, March 3
7:30 PM

Concert: Grammy Award-winning saxophonist Branford Marsalis, The Symphonia, Boca Raton & Constantine Kitsopoulos, conductor
Mizner Park Amphitheater

Saturday, March 4
4:00 PM

Authors & Ideas: Bob Mankoff, Cartoon Editor for The New Yorker – I Only Read It for the Cartoons: An Insider’s History of the New Yorker
Cultural Arts Center

Saturday, March 4
7:30 PM

Opera for the 99 Percent: Puccini’s La Boheme, semi-staged with The Symphonia, Boca Raton & Constantine Kitsopoulos, conductor (in Italian with English supertitles)
Mizner Park Amphitheater

Sunday, March 5
7:00 PM

Concert: Two 13-Year Old Piano Prodigies, Indonesian jazz sensation Joey Alexander and Mexican classical pianist Daniela Liebman with The Symphonia, Boca Raton & Constantine Kitsopoulos, conductor with music of Mendelssohn and Alexander
Mizner Park Amphitheater

Monday, March 6
7:00 PM

Authors & Ideas: Jon Meacham, Presidential historian, Pulitzer Prize-winner, and contributing editor at Time - The Art of Leadership – Lessons from the American Presidency
Mizner Park Amphitheater

Tuesday, March 7
7:00 PM

Authors & Ideas: Brian Greene, author of The Elegant Universe, theoretical physicist and entertaining communicator of cutting-edge scientific concepts, Beyond Einstein: Space, Time and Reality
Mizner Park Amphitheater

Friday, March 10
7:30 PM

Concert: Mystery Superstar Violinist,* pianist Daniel Hsu with The Symphonia, Boca Raton & Constantine Kitsopoulos, conductor performing Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 and Bruch’s Violin Concerto in G Minor
Mizner Park Amphitheater

Saturday , March 11
7:30 PM

The world premiere of the Blake Edwards’ 1964 hit comedy, THE PINK PANTHER with live orchestra

Sunday , March 12
7:00 PM

Concert: Sergio Mendes & Brasil 2017, the legendary musician in a South Florida exclusive performance
Mizner Park Amphitheater

*name to be revealed in January