UCF Celebrates the Arts 2022 – Every year, UCF brings its best and brightest artists to Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts for a large-scale celebration of the things that make our world more interesting and innovative. This year, UCF Celebrates the Arts is bigger than ever, with a multi-day production of an award-winning, family-friendly musical, concerts in the new Steinmetz Hall, lectures and discussions, multimedia events, chamber music, an expanded visual arts presence and more surprises to delight you.
View the festival schedule and purchase tickets: https://arts.cah.ucf.edu/celebrates/
FREE and ONLINE! Natalie Diaz, a Mojave-Latina MacArthur Foundation fellow and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet of “Postcolonial Love Poem,” will virtually present her work.
As a featured event of the Percussion Festival, this concert will feature performances by the UCF Percussion Ensemble and guest artist Escape Ten.
Join UCF’s chart-topping Flying Horse Big Band for an evening of music and celebration of the vibrant “American Spirit.”
UCF Opera presents an adaptation of two works from early and late in Mozart’s career.
“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.
FREE! Enjoy a series of award-winning short, animated films from students in the graduate and undergraduate programs in the School of Visual Arts and Design.
FREE! Enjoy works read by some of UCF’s finest poets and spoken word artists.
Explore our oceans and our lands with the UCF Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Chung Park.
‘Boricua Soy Yo’ by documentary filmmaker Rocco Anastasio explores Puerto Rican history, the island’s relationship and status with the United States, and the cultural identity of Puerto Ricans living on the mainland.
FREE! Hear music from the next generation of composers performed by professional musicians!
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
FREE! Peek behind the curtain to see how fights and dramatic scenes are created on stage.
The spotlight is on our senior Musical Theatre students as they take the stage for an evening of cabaret-style performances!
Orlando Shakes presents a staged reading of “Fairview” by Jackie Sibblies Drury, featuring professional actors and Theatre UCF students.
FREE! A talk with a guest architect and presentations of work from UCF, UF and Valencia architecture students.
The UCF New Music Ensemble presents “FREE | VERSE,” an evening-length collaboration with the UCF composition studio that explores the boundaries between poetry, composition and improvisation.
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!
FREE! 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.
The UCF Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band present an exciting evening of diverse and expressive music that explores various genres and styles. Included on the program will be two world premieres: “Echo Chamber,” by UCF composer Alex Burtzos and “Zodiac Concerto II,” composed by Jim Stephenson and featuring guest artists Demondrae Thurman from Indiana University and William Caballero, Principal Horn with the Pittsburgh Symphony.
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.
A grumpy green ogre and fairy-tale favorites thrown into a jam-packed hilarious musical adventure perfect for the entire family.
The Pegasus String Quartet, UCF’s graduate string quartet under the direction of Ayako Yonetani, makes its Steinmetz Hall debut.
FREE! UCF Pegasus Professor Luis Martínez-Fernández delivers a dynamic, informative and entertaining audiovisual presentation that offers a flash course in Caribbean history as told by the region’s statues.
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.
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.
FREE! Artists armed with black markers race against the clock to create large-format artwork.
FREE! A pop-up event showcasing the work from graduating seniors in the emerging media programs!
Artistic journeys start with education!
Project Spotlight is producing a new work by theatre student Caroline Hull.