Joey Alexander

Pianist – The music of Mendelssohn and Alexander

With Symphonia Boca Raton and Constantine Kitsopoulos
Sunday: 7:00 PM – March 5, 2017, Mizner Park Amphitheater

PROGRAM:
Johann Strauss Jr.: Overture to Die Fledermaus
Felix Mendelssohn: Piano Concerto No. 1 in G Minor
Joey Alexander, arr. Kitsopoulos: Jazz works for piano and orchestra to be announced from the stage

Born on June 25, 2003 on the island of Bali, Joey Alexander began teaching himself to play piano at the age of six, using a mini electronic keyboard given to him by his father. Alexander’s father nurtured his innate gifts for swing and improvisation by taking him to jam sessions with veteran musicians in Bali and Jakarta. 

When he was eight-years-old, UNESCO invited Alexander to play for Herbie Hancock during the piano great’s visit to Indonesia. At nine, Alexander won the grand prize at the first Master-Jam Fest, an all-ages competition in Ukraine, which included two hundred competitors from seventeen countries. An invitation from Wynton Marsalis led to Alexander’s United States debut at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Hall in 2014. Appearances for the Jazz Foundation of America at the Apollo Theater and the Arthur Ashe Learning Center at Gotham Hall followed.  

Alexander is the youngest Grammy-nominated jazz artist, having received nominations in “Best Jazz Instrumental Album” and “Best Improvised Solo” for his 2015 debut album My Favorite Things for Motema Music. His highly-anticipated sophomore album Countdown showcases his remarkable development as an artist and a contemporary jazz bandleader and promise as a composer looking toward a limitless future. 

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