UCF is celebrating the arts with free events all week

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PROMO: UCF Celebrates the Arts (Website) is the local university’s annual showcase of student, staff, and community partner presentations. This year’s event will be hosted from April 6-14 at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in Downtown Orlando and features a series of unique free/low-cost opportunities for the public to take part.

A base ticket price of $5 will allow you to reserve a seat at a performance, with some premium seats being priced slightly higher, depending on the event. General Admission events are free to attend.

This year’s highlights include:

  • An opening tribute to Leonard Bernstein that will bring together more than 300 musicians, vocalists, and dancers in one massive performance.
  • A series of short plays that explore the experiences of refugees and undocumented immigrants in the United States.
  • A play in partnership with the Orlando Shakespeare Theatre that focuses on arts and wellness.
  • A full-length, student-written, produced, and presented play about a group of 20-somethings trying to figure out how life works while living in close proximity in New York City.
  • A choral concert that provides a musical performance with a message that addresses social inequalities, prejudice, and discrimination, but also hopefulness and the potential for change.
  • A closing concert featuring jazz artists, the UCF Orchestra and the Flying Horse Big Band, UCF’s premier jazz ensemble.

Throughout the festival there will be exhibits throughout the Center and Tableau Vivant (“living art”) performances by students who recreate famous artworks and wear costumes to model as the people in the life-size paintings.

UCF Celebrates the Arts is also partnering with Dr. Phillips Center this year for “An Evening with Mayim Bialik” on April 14. Click HERE for more information on that.

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