November 2, 2017
Faculty and staff play their instruments

With holidays and the end of the semester around the corner, make sure you mark your calendar now for these incredible Theatre UCF and Music events! Tickets, if required, can be obtained online, by calling (407) 823-1500, or by visiting the UCF School of Performing Arts Box Office (Monday-Friday from noon-5:00 p.m. at the PAC-M, Building 119 and 2 hours before Theatre performance in the UCF Theatre, Building 6).

November 2: Collide Series: UCF New Music Ensemble Concert at 8 p.m. in Rehearsal Hall, free admission

  • The UCF New Music Ensemble hosts its inaugural performance in its first semester. The ensemble was founded to give Music majors experience performing works by living composers, to play in mixed ensemble formats, and to collaborate closely with composers. This first concert will feature music by Mary Jane Leach, Sun Mi Ro, and Marc Mellits. The ensemble is made up of violin, cello, clarinet, bass clarinet, flute, alto flute, percussion, and piano, with Professor Thad Anderson directing. In the spring, the ensemble will perform a concert of world premieres by UCF composition majors and faculty. The same program will also be performed at the Dr. Phillips Center as part of UCF Celebrates the Arts.


November 2-5: Fall One Act Festival at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 2, 3, 4 and 2 p.m. on Nov. 5 at the UCF Mainstage Theater, free admission

  • Join Project Spotlight for the bi-annual One Act Festival! This student-run, student-developed, and student-performed event will feature four student-written works:
  • Performing Thursday & Saturday:
    • A PLAY ABOUT A BAR – Written by Colin Brooks, Directed by Alex Storer
    • ROLLPLAY – Written by Robby Allten, Directed by Bruce Costella
  • Performing Friday & Sunday:
    • INNOCENCE – Written by Matt Ubl, Directed by Hanna Allison
    • FIRST MISS – Written by Sarah Schreck, Directed by Liz Calvert


November 4: Student Recital: Juwan Murphy, trombone at 11am in Rehearsal Hall, free

November 5: UCF Brass Day at 12 p.m. in Rehearsal Hall and UCF Music building, free but registration encouraged

  • Join UCF Brass faculty for an afternoon of masterclasses, clinics, and performances. Open to any and all brass musicians! The UCF Music Brass professors featured at the event are: Dr. Luis Araya – Trumpet, Prof. Luis Fred – Trombone, Dr. Benjamin Lieser – Horn, and Prof. Claude Kashnig – Tuba & Euphonium. In addition to group masterclasses, attendees will be able to participate in a large brass ensemble reading session at the conclusion of the day. The workshops are come and go as you wish, and a list of the workshops can be found on the events page.


November 5: UCF Percussion Ensemble Concert at 4 p.m. in Visual Arts Auditorium, free

November 7: UCF Jazz Ensemble II Concert at 8 p.m. in Rehearsal Hall, free – Fall Concert under direction of Prof. Per Danielsson

November 9: UCF Wind Ensemble/Symphonic Band Concert at 7 p.m. in Vero Beach High School Auditorium, free

November 9-19: An Octoroon in Black Box Theatre (This Theatre UCF show will sell out, so if you want to see it, get your tickets now!)

  • Judge Peyton is dead, and his plantation Terrebonne is in financial ruins. Peyton’s handsome nephew George arrives as heir apparent and quickly falls in love with Zoe, a beautiful octoroon. But the evil overseer M’Closky has other plans—for both Terrebonne and Zoe. In 1859, a famous Irishman wrote this play about slavery in America. Now an American tries to write his own.
  • By Branden Jacobs-Jenkins • Directed by David Reed
    Black Box • Rated R
  • “[A] wildly imaginative new work by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins. An Octoroon simultaneously gives us [Dion Boucicault’s] great melodrama and its contemporary reverberations. [The play] might induce vertigo, but it insists that making theater can be the best way to talk back to history.” –The Village Voice


November 10 and 12: UCF Opera Workshop Scenes at 7 p.m. Nov. 10 and 2 p.m. Nov. 12 in Visual Arts Auditorium, ticketed

  • Back again for two fall semester performances, students in the UCF Opera Workshop Scenes program perform scenes and arias from operas written by American composers, including Carlisle Floyd, Aaron Copland, Giancarlo Menotti, and more. “Our theme for this year’s program is ‘American Opera,’” says Thomas Potter, UCF Opera Executive Director and Associate Professor. Each opera scene will be preceded by a creative presentation dealing with the content and emotions of that scene. All scenes will be sung in English and include subtitles. “Opera aficionados will love seeing young singers learning to carry on operatic traditions; newcomers to opera will appreciate the introduction to the genre,” says Potter.
  • The Opera Workshop program at UCF aims to produce quality performances that entertain and educate, and to prepare students for professional involvement in the opera genre. Opera Workshop is open by audition to all UCF students regardless of major. To learn more about the program, visit
  • Tickets: $15 general admission, $10 seniors (over 55), $5 under 18; free with current UCF ID
  • Purchase tickets for the event here:


November 12: 2017 National Young Composers Challenge Composium at 12 p.m. at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts Walt Disney Theater, free but RSVP encouraged

  • What is a composium? It’s like a concert, plus a master class, plus a competition. It’s informative, dramatic, entirely thrilling, and free. Witness an amazing afternoon of excitement, drama, and music. Hear the winning compositions by America’s top young composers discussed, rehearsed, and conducted by Maestro Christopher Wilkins and performed by the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra and members of the UCF Music faculty. Read more about NYCC here.


November 12: UCF Woodwind Ensembles Concert at 5 p.m. in Rehearsal Hall, free

November 12: UCF Saxophone Studio Recital at 7 p.m. in Rehearsal Hall, free – students of Prof. George Weremchuk perform in recital

November 14: UCF Brass Chamber Concert at 8 p.m. in Rehearsal Hall, free – featuring Tuba-Euphonium Ensembles, Brass Quintets, and more!

November 16: UCF Guitar Night Concert at 8 p.m. in Rehearsal Hall, free – students of Prof. Eladio Scharron perform in recital

November 17: Flying Horse Big Band Concert at 8 p.m. in Nicholson School of Communication Auditorium – ticketed: $10.00, $5.00 for students, free with UCF ID

November 17: An Evening of Spanish Music at 8 p.m. in Rehearsal Hall, free

  • UCF Professor of Guitar Elaido Scharrón and guest artists Aleksandra Vargaz, mezzo-soprano and Carrie Wiesinger, flute. The program will include works by Antonio Ruiz-Pipó, Joaquín Rodrigo, Federico García-Lorca, Manuel Valls, and Manuel de Falla, for solo guitar, guitar and flute, guitar and voice, and voice, flute and guitar trio.


November 18: UCF Symphony Orchestra Concert at 7 p.m. at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, free – directed by Dr. Chung Park as part of the St. Luke’s Concert Series. An open dress rehearsal will be held at the church on Friday evening (Nov. 17) beginning at 6pm.

November 19: UCF Piano Studio and Ensemble Concert at 5 p.m. in Rehearsal Hall, free – students of Dr. Yun-Ling Hsu perform in solo and chamber ensemble.

November 19: UCF Concert Band, 7 p.m. in Visual Arts Auditorium, free

November 21 & 28: Jazz Chamber Groups Concert, both at 8 p.m. in Rehearsal Hall, free

November 30: UCF Chamber Winds Recital at 7:30 p.m. in Rehearsal Hall, free – students from the UCF Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band present a recital of chamber works for winds.

December 1: String Ensemble Concert at 5 p.m. in Rehearsal Hall, free – UCF String Ensemble and Violin and Viola students of Dr. Ayako Yonetani perform in concert.

December 1: UCF Choir Concert at 7:30 p.m. at St. James Cathedral, free – UCF University Choir, Chamber Choir, and Men’s and Women’s Choirs perform in concert under the direction of Dr. David Brunner and Dr. Kelly Miller.

Stay tuned for next semester’s events!