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.

OF THEE I SING

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This all-American political satire focuses on the election campaign and Presidency of John P. Watergreen, whose party, lacking a viable platform, runs on love, promising that if elected he will marry the partner chosen for him at an Atlantic City beauty pageant. When he falls for the wrong woman, trouble begins! With politicians skewered right and left, Of Thee I Sing is a hilarious and timeless send-up of national institutions that is as relevant now as ever.

Book by George S. Kaufman and Morrie Ryskind • Music by George Gershwin
Lyrics by Ira Gershwin • Directed by Mark Brotherton
Main Stage • Rated PG

Tickets:

Adults $20, Seniors $18, Students $10

Seminar

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Innocence collides with experiences in this biting comedy… Four aspiring novelists sign up for private writing classes with an international literary figure. Under his recklessly brilliant and unorthodox instruction, some thrive and others flounder, alliances are made and broken, sex is used as a weapon and hearts are unmoored.

By Theresa Rebeck • Directed by Julia Listengarten
Main Stage • Rated R

Tickets:

Adults $20, Seniors $18, Students $10

Central Florida 2016 WAVE Award Winners

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FAVORITE LOCAL POLITICIAN/ACTIVIST
First: City Commissioner Patty Sheehan
Second: Mayor Buddy Dyer
Third: Eric Rollings – Orange County Soil and Water Conservation

GREATEST STRAIGHT ALLY TO THE LOCAL LGBT COMMUNITY
First: Mayor Buddy Dyer
Second: Jim Philips
Third: Margo Dixon

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Tampa Bay/Sarasota 2016 WAVE Award Winners

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FAVORITE LOCAL POLITICIAN/ACTIVIST
First: St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman
Second: Hillsborough County Commissioner Kevin Beckner
Third: St. Petersburg Councilwoman Darden Rice

GREATEST STRAIGHT ALLY TO THE LOCAL LGBT COMMUNITY
First: St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman
Second: St. Pete Pride President Scion Provenzano
Third: Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn

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Organist Cameron Carpenter to meet with LGBT adolescents

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On Feb. 27, world-renowned organist Cameron Carpenter will meet with members of Blake High School’s LGBT youth club Common Grounds for a lecture/demonstration at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts.

Carpenter will be meeting with 25 student members of Common Grounds to discuss his music, career and the International Touring Organ. He will then entertain students with a brief performance of the touring organ. Carpenter’s appearance is in conjunction with his concert later in the evening at the Straz Center.

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