Festival of the Arts BOCA added to its already impressive lineup of music, dance and literary talent with the announcement that award-winning political reporter and author Seymour Hersh will speak on March 7.

Hersh, a graduate of the University of Chicago, cut his journalistic teeth as a reporter for the AP, UPI and New York Times reporter before becoming a freelance writer in 1979. He has since authored eight books, including the award-winning The Price of Power: Kissinger in the Nixon White House. His most recent effort is Chain of Command: The Road from 9/11 to Abu Ghraib.

"We are thrilled to welcome one of the most compelling journalists of our time to Boca Raton," says Charlie Siemon, co-founder of the Festival. "Mr. Hersh will deliver what we anticipate will be a standing-room-only presentation with his views on the state of American foreign policy today."

On the musical side, the Festival, which runs from March 4-12 at venues in Mizner Park, features everything from soprano phenom Jackie Evancho - the 10-year-old discovered on "America's Got Talent" to the U.S. debut of classic guitar sensation Milos Karadaglic to the "The Wizard of Oz," with a live film score by the Boca Raton Symphonia.

Tickets prices range from $35 to $125 with week-long admission packages available. Call 561/368-8445 for more information about the Festival. Visit festivaloftheartsboca.org or call 866/571-ARTS for tickets.

Friday, March 4

Future Stars Competition, presented by the Rotary Club of Boca Raton, 7 p.m.

Saturday, March 5

Literature: Kate Walbert, 4 p.m.

Concert: Canadian Brass, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, March 6

Literature: Kevin Bleyer

Concert: Milos Karadaglic (guitarist)

Monday, March 7

Literature: Seymour Hersh, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, March 8

Dance: Ballet Hispanico, 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, March 9

Concert: Eddie Palmieri, Michel Camilo and Alfred Rodriguez (piano Latino), 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 10

Concert: Gabriela Montero (piano), 7:30 p.m.

Friday, March 11

Literature: TBA

Film: “The Wizard of Oz” with the Boca Raton Symphonia, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 12

Literature: Doris Kearns Goodwin

Concert: A Night at the Opera with Jackie Evancho and Young Stars of the Metropolitan Opera with Boca Raton Symphonia