Bernstein’s MASS: A Theatre Piece for Singers, Players, and Dancers

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UCF Celebrates the Arts 2018 opens with a tip of the hat to one of classical music’s most iconic artists: Leonard Bernstein. Leonard Bernstein at 100, a two-year global celebration of the life and career of the 20th century cultural giant with more than 2,000 events on six continents, kicked off in the fall of 2017 and UCF is pleased to be able to honor this musical composer, conductor, and educator. 

Mass: A Theatre Piece for Singers, Players, and Dancers is an enormous and ambitious piece, with more than 200 musicians, vocalists, and dancers on stage. Written for the inauguration of the Kennedy Center in 1971, the controversial piece gave voice to an anti-war youth culture that was seeking truth and transparency from its government. Though Mass challenges divine authority, exposing its contradictions and questioning religion’s relevance to contemporary life, it ultimately serves as a reaffirmation of faith and hope for universal peace.

The eclecticism of Mass‘s music reflects the multifaceted nature of Bernstein’s career, with blues, rock, gospel, folk, Broadway, and jazz idioms appearing side by side with 12-tone serialism, symphonic marches, solemn hymns, Middle Eastern dances, orchestral meditations, and lush chorales, all united in a single dramatic event with recurring musical motifs. Bernstein uses the uninhibitedly tonal rock ‘n’ roll of the Street Chorus to challenge the dogmatic, atonal music of the Church; ultimately, the musical argument is resolved with a glorious, tonal chorale (“Almighty Father”) sung by the entire company.

Join the UCF Symphony Orchestra, UCF Choirs, Theatre UCF singers and dancers, and School of Performing Arts alumni at this “Massive” centenary event!

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 www.arts.ucf.edu.

Bernstein’s MASS: A Theatre Piece for Singers, Players, and Dancers

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UCF Celebrates the Arts 2018 opens with a tip of the hat to one of classical music’s most iconic artists: Leonard Bernstein. Leonard Bernstein at 100, a two-year global celebration of the life and career of the 20th century cultural giant with more than 2,000 events on six continents, kicked off in the fall of 2017 and UCF is pleased to be able to honor this musical composer, conductor, and educator. 

Mass: A Theatre Piece for Singers, Players, and Dancers is an enormous and ambitious piece, with more than 200 musicians, vocalists, and dancers on stage. Written for the inauguration of the Kennedy Center in 1971, the controversial piece gave voice to an anti-war youth culture that was seeking truth and transparency from its government. Though Mass challenges divine authority, exposing its contradictions and questioning religion’s relevance to contemporary life, it ultimately serves as a reaffirmation of faith and hope for universal peace.

The eclecticism of Mass‘s music reflects the multifaceted nature of Bernstein’s career, with blues, rock, gospel, folk, Broadway, and jazz idioms appearing side by side with 12-tone serialism, symphonic marches, solemn hymns, Middle Eastern dances, orchestral meditations, and lush chorales, all united in a single dramatic event with recurring musical motifs. Bernstein uses the uninhibitedly tonal rock ‘n’ roll of the Street Chorus to challenge the dogmatic, atonal music of the Church; ultimately, the musical argument is resolved with a glorious, tonal chorale (“Almighty Father”) sung by the entire company.

Join the UCF Symphony Orchestra, UCF Choirs, Theatre UCF singers and dancers, and School of Performing Arts alumni at this “Massive” centenary event!

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 www.arts.ucf.edu.

Winter Park’s inaugural “Weekend of the Arts” Celebration

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Rediscover arts and culture in Winter Park at the city’s first “Weekend of the Arts” Friday, February 16, thru Monday, February 19. Be inspired with extraordinary performances, unique exhibits, and exciting events at over 20 arts organizations throughout the city. Each day features a new and exciting cultural experience. #wpinspires

Footloose

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The Players’ cornerstone musical, “Footloose” is a fast paced and exciting musical based on the 1984 film by the same name. The story involves an ordinary city teen transplanted into a conservative small town where dancing is forbidden and rock and roll is demonized. With original songs by Kenny Loggins,Tom Snow, Dean Pitchford, Eric Carmen, Sammy Hagar and Jim Steinmen, this show is a multiple Tony Award winner for Best Book, Best Original Score and Best Choreography. Songs include: “I’m Holding Out For A Hero,”  “Footloose” and “Lets Hear It For The Boy”.

Footloose

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The Players’ cornerstone musical, “Footloose” is a fast paced and exciting musical based on the 1984 film by the same name. The story involves an ordinary city teen transplanted into a conservative small town where dancing is forbidden and rock and roll is demonized. With original songs by Kenny Loggins,Tom Snow, Dean Pitchford, Eric Carmen, Sammy Hagar and Jim Steinmen, this show is a multiple Tony Award winner for Best Book, Best Original Score and Best Choreography. Songs include: “I’m Holding Out For A Hero,”  “Footloose” and “Lets Hear It For The Boy”.

Footloose

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The Players’ cornerstone musical, “Footloose” is a fast paced and exciting musical based on the 1984 film by the same name. The story involves an ordinary city teen transplanted into a conservative small town where dancing is forbidden and rock and roll is demonized. With original songs by Kenny Loggins,Tom Snow, Dean Pitchford, Eric Carmen, Sammy Hagar and Jim Steinmen, this show is a multiple Tony Award winner for Best Book, Best Original Score and Best Choreography. Songs include: “I’m Holding Out For A Hero,”  “Footloose” and “Lets Hear It For The Boy”.

Footloose

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The Players’ cornerstone musical, “Footloose” is a fast paced and exciting musical based on the 1984 film by the same name. The story involves an ordinary city teen transplanted into a conservative small town where dancing is forbidden and rock and roll is demonized. With original songs by Kenny Loggins,Tom Snow, Dean Pitchford, Eric Carmen, Sammy Hagar and Jim Steinmen, this show is a multiple Tony Award winner for Best Book, Best Original Score and Best Choreography. Songs include: “I’m Holding Out For A Hero,”  “Footloose” and “Lets Hear It For The Boy”.

Footloose

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The Players’ cornerstone musical, “Footloose” is a fast paced and exciting musical based on the 1984 film by the same name. The story involves an ordinary city teen transplanted into a conservative small town where dancing is forbidden and rock and roll is demonized. With original songs by Kenny Loggins,Tom Snow, Dean Pitchford, Eric Carmen, Sammy Hagar and Jim Steinmen, this show is a multiple Tony Award winner for Best Book, Best Original Score and Best Choreography. Songs include: “I’m Holding Out For A Hero,”  “Footloose” and “Lets Hear It For The Boy”.

Van Morrison

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Ruth Eckerd Hall presents, in his only Florida appearance, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and six-time GRAMMY® winner, Van Morrison in concert on Tuesday and Wednesday, January 17 and 18 at 8 pm. 20 years since his record setting, 4 consecutive sellout performances, Van Morrison makes his triumphant return! One of music’s true originals, Sir Van Morrison is one of the most prolific recording artists and hardest working live performers of his era with iconic hit songs like Moondance, Brown Eyed Girl, Gloria, Jackie Wilson Said (I’m in Heaven), Into the Mystic, Tupelo Honey, Crazy Love, Have I Told You Lately and Real, Real, Gone. Yet there was never any suggestion that Morrison would ever rest on his laurels. His unique and inspirational musical legacy continues with the upcoming release of his latest album Keep Me Singing (Caroline Records) due out in September.

With one of the most revered catalogues in music history and his unparalleled talents as composer, singer and performer, Morrison’s past achievements loom large. But, as throughout his extraordinary career, how that past informs his future achievements and still stirs excitement and keen anticipation.

Van Morrison

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Ruth Eckerd Hall presents, in his only Florida appearance, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and six-time GRAMMY® winner, VAN MORRISON in concert on Tuesday and Wednesday, January 17 and 18 at 8 pm. This is Morrison’s first concert appearance in Clearwater in 20 years.

One of music’s true originals, Sir Van Morrison is one of the most prolific recording artists and hardest working live performers of his era with iconic hit songs like Moondance, Brown Eyed Girl, Gloria, Jackie Wilson Said (I’m in Heaven), Into the Mystic, Tupelo Honey, Crazy Love, Have I Told You Lately and Real, Real, Gone. Yet there was never any suggestion that Morrison would ever rest on his laurels. His unique and inspirational musical legacy continues with the upcoming release of his latest album Keep Me Singing (Caroline Records) due out in September.

With one of the most revered catalogues in music history and his unparalleled talents as composer, singer and performer, Morrison’s past achievements loom large. But, as throughout his extraordinary career, how that past informs his future achievements and still stirs excitement and keen anticipation.

Van Morrison

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Ruth Eckerd Hall presents, in his only Florida appearance, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and six-time GRAMMY® winner, VAN MORRISON in concert on Tuesday and Wednesday, January 17 and 18 at 8 pm. This is Morrison’s first concert appearance in Clearwater in 20 years.

One of music’s true originals, Sir Van Morrison is one of the most prolific recording artists and hardest working live performers of his era with iconic hit songs like Moondance, Brown Eyed Girl, Gloria, Jackie Wilson Said (I’m in Heaven), Into the Mystic, Tupelo Honey, Crazy Love, Have I Told You Lately and Real, Real, Gone. Yet there was never any suggestion that Morrison would ever rest on his laurels. His unique and inspirational musical legacy continues with the upcoming release of his latest album Keep Me Singing (Caroline Records) due out in September.

With one of the most revered catalogues in music history and his unparalleled talents as composer, singer and performer, Morrison’s past achievements loom large. But, as throughout his extraordinary career, how that past informs his future achievements and still stirs excitement and keen anticipation.

An American in Paris

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AN AMERICAN IN PARIS is the new hit musical about an American soldier, a mysterious French girl and an indomitable European city, each yearning for a new beginning in the aftermath of war. Don’t miss this stunning four-time Tony®-winning production that earned more awards than any other musical in the 2014-15 season!

The Thursday, Dec. 22, performance will be sign language interpreted.

Stay tuned for on-sale information!