UCF Celebrates the Arts is an annual eight day showcase of music, performances and interactive visual displays that runs April 6-14, 2018 at Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Orlando.
Tickets for UCF Celebrates the Arts will be available starting March 1. For a complete schedule, ticket reservations and other information, visit the festival’s website at http://www.arts.ucf.edu.
The festival will open with a tribute to American composer, conductor and educator Leonard Bernstein (Bernstein’s MASS: A Theatre Piece for Singers, Players and Dancers) and closes with a concert featuring major jazz artists, the UCF Orchestra and Flying Horse Big Band celebrating UCF President John C. Hitt’s contribution to UCF and Orlando (Imagine Something Wonderful: The Flying Horse Big Band meets the UCF Orchestra featuring special guests T-Bone, Veronica Swift, and The Jazz Professors).
• Ongoing exhibitions: SVAD Banners, Character Animation Film Presentations, Gaming Cabinets, Collective Chemistry, Individual Theorem, Theatre UCF costume exhibit
• Tableaux vivants, April 6 and 13: A festival favorite, “Living Art” returns to Dr. Phillips Center showcasing the collaborative work of more than 160 School of Visual Arts & Design students.
• “A Celebration of Arts, Storytelling, and Technology,” April 7: One night of exhibitions showcasing work that weaves together arts and technology, featuring a digital media showcase, an alumni panel, interactive projections, and demonstrations of digital storytelling, tools for historians, and videogaming. Participants include the School of Visual Art and Design’s Digital Media program, the Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy, the Veteran’s Legacy Program, and The Florida Review.
• Project Spotlight’s Play it By Ear, April 7: 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 NYC.
• A Reading of The Refugee Plays, April 8: a series of short plays that explore the experiences of refugees and undocumented immigrants in the United States. This is part of the UCF Big Read.
• UCF New Music Ensemble, April 8: part of the Collide Contemporary Music Series, the student-based ensemble features world premieres by music composition students at UCF.
• Quadruple Stuffed Oreos, April 8: A student-produced sketch comedy group
• UCF Choral Concert, April 8: the UCF Choirs cast away the traditional concert format to share a lively evening of songs written in the spirit of social justice.
• Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band, April 9: includes a commissioned piece, entitled “Zodiac Concerto” featuring guest artists William Caballero, horn, and Roger Oyster, euphonium
• Blackberry Winter, April 9: Orlando Shakespeare Theater presents a reprise performance of its 2017 production Blackberry Winter with a post-show talkback to raise awareness of caregiving.
• “Writes of Spring,” April 10: Theatre UCF graduate students and the Orlando REP devised a musical from writing submissions provided by Central Florida K-12 students.
• UCF Rising! Applied Bystander Prevention Workshop, April 10: a collaborative workshop between Theatre UCF and UCF Victim Services that combines theatrical skills with victim advocacy and prevention training
• Choirs Invitational Concert, April 10: 400+ students from eight Central Florida schools participate in a day of workshops, followed by an evening public performance.
• Just Like Us, April 10: The Orlando REP presents a staged reading of Just Like Us, a documentary-style play that follows four Latina teenage girls in Denver—two of whom are documented and two of whom are not.
• K-12 Fine Arts Showcase, April 11: K-12 students from public and private school fine arts communities of Brevard, Orange, Osceola, Lake, Hillsborough, and Seminole counties gather for performances, shows, and presentations.
• Percussion Festival Concert, April 11: Following a day of workshops with international percussion artist Anders Astrand, the UCF Percussion Ensemble performs a public concert.
• UCF Woodwind Ensembles, April 11: The UCF Flute Ensemble, Saxophone Ensemble, Clarinet Choir, and Woodwind Quintet come together for an evening of woodwind chamber music, featuring work from a local composer.
• Opera Double Feature: Giacomo Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi and Michael Ching’s Buoso’s Ghost, April 13 and 14: The UCF Opera Workshop presents two one-act operas in collaboration with Theatre UCF, Florida Symphony Orchestra, Florida Southern College and the Imperial Symphony Orchestra, in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Gianni Schicchi.