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Jazz Professors to bring “cool” to UCF

October 15, 2018
By Tanesha Bridenback “Swingin’. Cookin’. Ground Breaking.” Three words that Jeff Rupert, director of jazz studies, uses to describe Miles Davis’ album “The Birth of the Cool.” Originally produced in 1949, the album features a nine-piece band, that includes traditionally classical instruments like the French horn and tuba. However, what makes this piece truly “groundbreaking”…

Hot Mikado updates classic operetta with jazz and anime-inspired design

October 4, 2018
Theatre UCF’s production of Hot Mikado brings a unique design concept to the show and to the company: Japanese anime. Based on The Mikado, a comedic 1880s operetta which follows young lovers living in a fictional Japanese town where acts as small as flirting are a capital crime, Hot Mikado sets the original story and…

Listen: Laszlo Marosi Conducts the Boca Del Rio Philharmonic Orchestra

September 18, 2018
Conducting professor Laszlo Marosi visited Mexico this past April as a guest conductor to the Boca Del Rio Philharmonic Orchestra. Click below to listen to Marosi conduct Béla Bartók’s “Concerto for Orchestra.” Click here to learn more about Laszlo Marosi.

2018-2019 Theatre UCF season explores fantasy, adventure

May 3, 2018
Beginning with the inaugural Pegasus PlayLab summer workshops, taking a turn to an underground anime club and Dungeons & Dragons, and ending with the classic Titanic for UCF Celebrates the Arts 2019, Theatre UCF’s next season has something for everyone. Theatre UCF, part of the UCF School of Performing Arts, explores current society and classic…

UCF welcomes David Bjella as new Cello Professor

March 20, 2018
The Music Department is thrilled to announce that David Bjella will be joining the faculty as Professor of Cello this fall. Bjella was previously Professor of Cello at Stetson University for more than 20 years. A native of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, cellist David Bjella has an extensive, multi-faceted career as a teacher, chamber musician, orchestral…

Nick Bazo '10MFA teaches how to "impact the change in community"

February 21, 2018
Nick Bazo ’10MFA is becoming a main proprietor of the Theatre for Social Change movement. As Associate Director of Programs at The Theatre Offensive (TTO) & Director of True Colors, he has found a significant impact that community-based theater has been for young audiences and communities. “It’s a very holistic approach,” Bazo comments. The Theatre Offensive (TTO) was…

"Not in Our House" and BOY GETS GIRL at Theatre UCF this weekend

February 20, 2018
Theatre UCF’s production of Boy Gets Girl follows the fine line of romantic persistence versus obsession – a date that goes disturbingly wrong. Boy Gets Girl will be held in the Black Box starting on Thursday, February 22 and runs through Sunday, March 4. Boy Gets Girl follows the story of Theresa Bedell, a successful reporter in…

Project Spotlight Opens Fall One Act Festival Thursday, November 2

October 31, 2017
By Sarah Schreck Project Spotlight, the University of Central Florida’s premiere student developmental theatre organization, will be premiering four new works in its bi-annual One Act Festival this weekend. Each production is written, directed, produced, and performed by students, and performances are open to all with free admission. Performances begin at 7:30 Thursday, November 2, through…

UCF Playback Theatre troupe works with sex crimes unit of Orange County State Attorney’s Office

October 23, 2017
At the sex crimes unit of the Orange County State Attorney’s Office, prosecutors, investigators, and victim advocates work every day with profoundly emotional and disturbing cases. In the process, they are often required to suppress their own feelings to effectively assist victims and prosecute criminals. Bureau Chief Jenny Rossman felt determined to bring self-care methods…