Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts to Welcome Back UCF Celebrates the Arts 2022

Programming includes Honoring Indigenous Expression with Natalie Diaz, UCF Percussion Ensemble featuring Escape Ten Duo, and more.

By: Apr. 04, 2022
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Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts to Welcome Back UCF Celebrates the Arts 2022

This week, Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts welcomes back UCF Celebrates the Arts 2022 for their 10-day residency from April 5-16, showcasing the creativity, innovation and collaboration that defines Orlando's hometown university. The annual festival brings musicians, theater practitioners and visual artists from the UCF campus to the Central Florida community in an array of offerings including jazz, dance, musical theater, opera, symphony, bands, visual arts, talks, choirs, family events and more.

The annual festival, which started during the performing arts center's inaugural season in 2014/2015, has allowed thousands of UCF artists to showcase their talents in a world-class, professional venue and for Central Florida audiences to see the range of UCF's arts programs.

"We are so thrilled to see the building alive again with some of our region's most talented and creative students," said Kathy Ramsberger, Dr. Phillips Center president and ceo. "This season, students will also have the opportunity to experience live, professional performances in Steinmetz Hall, one of the greatest concert halls in the world, right in the heart of downtown Orlando."

Tickets are available at drphillipscenter.org. A goal of UCF Celebrates the Arts has always been to keep the festival accessible to all. Several events are free (registration required) and for ticketed events, pricing starts at $15. Student pricing is available with valid ID from any K-12 school or college.

A complete event list and more information is available at arts.cah.ucf.edu/celebrates.

Ongoing Events and Exhibits


Four augmented reality public art installations to be experienced outdoors prior to entering events in Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. Starting two hours prior to Walt Disney Theater and Steinmetz Hall performances on the Seneff Arts Plaza.

Visual Tales

Can you guess the fairy tale that inspired each of the 6-foot sculptures in this visual storytelling exhibition? Created by teams of students in 3D Design Fundamentals classes, the art and characters created are based on artists' interpretations of the tales.

Spectral Evidence

This exhibit demonstrates expressions by artists on the autism spectrum, who see life from a different perspective. With their liberating take on themes, materials, details and density, their work actively points to the genius of many individuals who embrace and work through the challenges of autism, and who strive every day to find their place.

Illuminating the Darkness: Our Carceral Landscape

This exhibition from the Florida Prison Education Project presents a selection of work from artists whose practice is informed by their experiences with the criminal justice system to shine a light on the ways in which mass incarceration affects us all.

Costume Display: Celebrating the Costumes of Dan Jones

Theatre UCF remembers costume shop manager Dan Jones with a display of his designs and constructions over the years.

UCF Coastal Vision - Resilient Coastal Communities & Ecologies

Experience the cutting-edge research being undertaken by UCF Coastal through a combination of animation and modeling as well as other materials. These researchers are exploring the myriad issues impacting our coastal communities to ensure the sustainability and resiliency of our coastlines and economy for generations to come.

The Beethoven Project (A New Light)

This exhibit displays artworks by the 13-person team that includes surreal landscapes, imagined space phenomena and foreign worlds. The pieces will come together as an animated narrative featuring a story about a fearless young space explorer written to accompany the UCF Orchestra's performance of the Second Movement of Beethoven's Sixth Symphony.

Character Animation Shorts

Select Character Animation Shorts will be shown before various events throughout the week.

Emergence: Creative Clash 2021

View pieces created at UCF Celebrates the Arts 2021, themed "Emergence," on display in the lobby all week.

OUC Rain Barrels

Rain barrels designed by local students as part of OUC's Water Color Project, which teaches the importance of water conservation through art, will be on display throughout the arts center.

Scheduled Events

Honoring Indigenous Expression with Natalie Diaz | April 5, 6 p.m.

This virtual event will feature a performance from Indigenous (Mojave) and Latina Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, author and language activist Natalie Diaz.

UCF Percussion Ensemble featuring Escape Ten Duo | April 6, 7:30 p.m.

As a featured event of the Percussion Festival, this concert will feature performances by the UCF Percussion Ensemble and guest artist Escape Ten.

Jazz and the American Spirit featuring the Flying Horse Big Band | April 8, 7:30 p.m.

Join UCF's chart-topping Flying Horse Big Band for an evening of music and celebration of the vibrant "American Spirit." This concert is inspired by director Jeff Rupert's weekly radio program on WUCF 89.9 FM, Jazz and the American Spirit.

UCF Opera presents Mozart First and Last! | April 8, 8 p.m. & April 10, 3 p.m.

Journey with UCF Opera from the maestro's early period written when he was just 18 - Love in the Garden State (a one-act adaption of the comedy La Finta Giardiniera performed in English) - to a piece composed in his final year - La Clemenza di Tito (a one-act adaptation performed in Italian).

Orlando REP presents Yo, Ho, Ho! Let's Go!: Theatre for the Very Young | April 9, 12 p.m.

Yo, Ho, Ho! Let's Go! is a 30-minute adventure with a pirate on the high seas following a treasure map! Parrots, crabs, mermaids and more join the fun.

UCF Animation Showcase | April 9, 3 p.m.

Presented by the School of Visual Arts & Design (SVAD), visitors will view student-created animated films from the past three years of the Emerging Media BFA Character Animation track and the Emerging Media BFA in Animation and Visual Effects track.

A Celebration of the Orlando Poet Laureate | April 9, 6 p.m.

Hear from some of UCF's finest poets and spoken word artists, including the current City of Orlando Poet Laureate Shawn Welcome, and poet laureate finalists Terry Thaxton '93 '95MA, Chrissy Kolaya and Martha Brenckle.

UCF Symphony Orchestra: An Exploration of Sea and Land | April 9, 7:30 p.m.

Explore our oceans and our lands with the UCF Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Chung Park. During the concert, conservation experts discuss what we can do to protect our marine and coastal environments.

Boricua Soy Yo - History, Identity and Culture | April 9, 8 p.m.

Boricua Soy Yo is a documentary series that looks into Puerto Rican history, the island's relationship with the United States and the cultural identity of Puerto Ricans living on the mainland.

Earth Explorers: Choose Your Own Expedition | April 10, 12 p.m.

UCF Theatre for Young Audiences graduate students present a devised performance to explore and celebrate our earth, its resources and our relationship with our environment.

National Young Composers Challenge Composium | April 10, 12-6 p.m.

Meet the next generation of composers! Composers age 13 to 18 are selected from a national competition to have their original pieces performed and recorded by the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra and UCF musicians.

Stage Combat Demonstration | April 11, 6 p.m.

Peek behind the curtain to see how fights and dramatic scenes are created on stage. The presentation will be a collection of scenes of staged violence from theatrical literature, including sword and unarmed work.

Knight to Shine 2022: A Musical Theatre Showcase | April 11, 6 p.m.

Senior musical theatre students present an evening of cabaret style performance featuring songs from popular Broadway musicals.

Orlando Shakes presents 'Fairview' | April 11, 8 p.m.

Orlando Shakes brings one of its popular Playfest plays to life in a staged reading of Fairview by Jackie Sibblies Drury, featuring professional actors and Theatre UCF students.

Architecture Showcase & Awards | April 12, 6 p.m.

A talk with a guest architect and presentations of UCF, UF and Valencia architecture students.

UCF New Musical Ensemble Concert | April 12, 7 p.m.

Explore what's next in music, in a concert of new works written by UCF composers and performed by UCF musicians.

Cellboration 2022 | April 12, 8:30 p.m.

Join UCF Professor David Bjella and the UCF Cello Choir in a celebration of the cello, featuring works of Villa Lobos, Faure, Fitzenhagen, Beethoven, Michael Kamen and Michael Jackson.

Lidia's Kitchen: A Conservation with Lidia Bastianich | April 13, 7 p.m.

Celebrity chef and host of 'Lidia's Kitchen' Lidia Bastianich will talk about her new cookbook, her inspiring personal story and the role that food has played in her life. This event will include an opportunity to receive a signed copy of one or both of Lidia's recent books: My American Dream: A Life of Love, Family, and Food and Lidia's A Pot, A Pan and A Bowl.

UCF Bands: Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band | April 13, 7:30 p.m.

The UCF Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band present an exciting evening of diverse and expressive music that explores various genres and styles. The concert will feature world premiere performances, guest artists and guest composers.

Brass Chamber Ensembles | April 14, 6 p.m.

This concert features UCF Brass student chamber ensembles, including the UCF trumpet ensemble, the UCF horn ensemble, the UCF trombone ensemble, the UCF tuba/euphonium ensemble, the Colbourn Brass Quintet and the Pegasus Brass Quintet.

Shrek The Musical | April 14-16, 7 p.m.

Based on the Dreamworks film, Shrek The Musical is a Tony Award-winning hilarious adventure that brings the beloved characters from the film to the stage. With the help of his loyal sidekick, a talking donkey, Shrek learns that he's not the only one that feels like a misfit and finds out what true love really means.

Pegasus String Quartet and Beethoven Septet | April 14, 7:30 p.m.

Joined by faculty members David Bjella, cello, and Hannah Sun, piano, the grup performs Puccini's Crisatemi and Schumann's monumental Piano Quintet, Op. 44.

Cast in Bronze and Chiseled out of Stone: The Story of the Caribbean as Told by Its Statues | April 15, 6 p.m.

A dynamic, informative and entertaining presentation that offers a flash course in Caribbean history as told by the region's statues in eight mini-chapters: First Encounters, Conquest and Early Settlements, the Sugar Islands, Cockpit of Europe, Struggles Against Slavery, Struggles Against Colonialism, the Cuban Revolution and the Contemporary Scene.

UCF Choir Concert | April 15, 7:30

The UCF Chamber Singers, SoAl and TeBa choruses and the University Singers, along with the new UCF Community Choir and Children's Choir, sing songs of unity, joy and friendship. Directed by Jeffery Redding and Kelly Miller.

Woodwind Chamber Ensembles | April 15, 8 p.m.

This concert features UCF's student chamber groups from the woodwind area, including the oboe trio, woodwind quintet, bassoon ensemble, flute choir, saxophone ensemble and clarinet choir.

Creative Clash | April 16, 4 p.m.

Artists armed with black markers race against the clock to create large-format artwork. The theme will be announced seconds before the start of the event, so come cheer on the artists and help choose a winner at the end of the competition.

Graphic Design & Experimental Animation Showcase | April 16, 6:30 p.m.

Spend the evening networking and leave creatively inspired by the next wave of Orlando's ever-growing design community as they showcase their creative works in the areas of graphic design and experimental animation.

UCF National Choir Festival | April 16, 7:30 p.m.

Artistic journeys start with education! The UCF National Choir Festival is an opportunity for high school choir directors and their students to work with world-renowned conductors, participate in masterclasses, experience one-on-one time with conductors, solar performances and mass choir experiences. The day of workshops will conclude with a public performance at 7:30 p.m.

Project Spotlight presents As It's Written | April 16, 8 p.m.

In this new play by Theatre UCF student Caroline Hull, a successful screenwriter begins rethinking her decisions and wondering if she is truly satisfied with the direction her own story is headed.


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