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Hsu as the Guest Pianist for US-China Piano Festival in Northwest China

UCF Piano Professor Yun-Ling Hsu was invited as the guest pianist for the Second US-China Piano Festival held in Ürümqi (Xinjiang Province), Northwest China from July 28 to August 5, 2017.  The largest city in China's western interior, Ürümqi has been a multi-ethnic city and was a major hub on the Silk Road.

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CFE Federal Credit Union and FAIRWINDS Credit Union Support Theatre UCF

photoThe UCF School of Performing Arts is pleased to announce that CFE Federal Credit Union and FAIRWINDS Credit Union are supporting Theatre UCF as joint sponsors of the 2017-18 season. This sponsorship will help diversify the school’s theatre programming by introducing students to different genres, and new as well as classical works. It will also help expand casting opportunities so that more students can participate in the season’s shows. “CFE believes in the power of education, both in and out of the classroom,” says Kevin Miller, President and CEO of CFE Federal Credit Union. “Theatre UCF provides a positive environment for students to learn and work together in meaningful ways. By investing in arts education and finding ways to combine our impact through this unique partnership between credit unions, we can support creativity and collaboration among our students on a larger scale.” “FAIRWINDS Credit Union is proud of its long history of partnership with UCF,” says Larry Tobin, President/CEO of FAIRWINDS Credit Union.

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UCF Welcomes New Trombone Professor, Luis F. Fred

photoLuis F. Fred is the new trombone professor at the University of Central Florida. He was principal trombone of the Puerto Rico Symphony and professor of trombone at the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music. He has extensive symphonic experience having performed with the Chicago Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic and Houston Symphony orchestras. He was co-principal trombone of the Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid (Madrid Opera) and Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla.

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UCF Flying Horse Big Band's Record Climbing the Charts

photoThe Flying Horse Big Band is garnering a bit of national attention for its most recent album, Big Man on Campus, which at the time of this writing is #6 on the Roots Music Report (RMR) Top 50 and #45 on the JazzWeek Top 50. The album debuted on RMR at #17, and has rocketed to within spitting distance of the top five in just a few short weeks.

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Theatre UCF’s 2017-18 Season Features New and Provocative Works

photoTheatre UCF, part of the UCF School of Performing Arts, examines current social issues and focuses on new and contemporary plays in its 2017-18 season. This is the first season planned by artistic director Julia Listengarten and it includes plays and musicals that are rarely produced in Central Florida.

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1st Generation Student Encourages Classmates to Give Back

photoJosh Goodridge, the first in his family to attend college, believes in the power of education so much that the senior already donates his time and money to UCF's giving drive to financially help other students.

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Successful UCF Celebrates the Arts 2017 Already Looking Ahead to 2018

photoJust a few days after the third annual UCF Celebrates the Arts concluded its eight-day run of concerts, presentations, lectures and workshops, planners have already started working on next year’s festival.

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Dr. Luis Araya joins the UCF Faculty as Assistant Professor of Trumpet

photoDr. Luis Miguel Araya is the new Assistant Professor of Trumpet at the University of Central Florida. He is a member of the world renowned Dallas Brass, and most recently was the Trumpet Artist in Residence at the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith. Known as versatile musician, he has played a wide range of musical styles, ranging from classical to popular and Latin music. He has studied music extensively both in Costa Rica and in the United States, holding a Bachelor of Music degree from the National Institute of Music (Costa Rica), a Master of Music degree from Loyola University in New Orleans and a Doctorate in Music from Arizona State University. Born in Alajuela, Costa Rica, Luis was a member of the Costa Rica National Symphony Orchestra (1997-2012), and was on the faculty of both the National Institute of Music and the University of Costa Rica.

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Congratulations to the UCF School of Performing Arts' New Horn Professor, Dr. Benjamin Lieser!

photoDr. Benjamin Lieser is the new Assistant Professor of Horn at the University of Central Florida School of Performing Arts. He holds degrees from Florida State University (BA, DM) and the University of Cincinnati (MM). His teachers include William Capps, Randy Gardner, Michelle Stebleton, Duane Duggar, and Randall Faust.

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László Marosi’s Recent CD Recognized as Recording of the Month

photoUCF Music professor László Marosi's recent CD, Ferenc Farkas Music for Wind Ensemble, has been recognized as "recording of the month" on MusicWeb International. The CD, a selection of works by Hungarian composer Ferenc Farkas, was conducted by László with the Budapest Wind Symphony, and includes works from chamber groups to full wind bands.

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UCF Music Professor to Conduct Youth Jazz Orchestra

photoUCF Pegasus Professor and Jazz Studies director, Jeff Rupert, will be the Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra's new Jazz Orchestra's conductor starting Fall 2017. The orchestra, a 17-20 piece ensemble, will feature middle and high school musicians from ages 13 to 20, and will focus on big band jazz music.

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UCF Welcomes Director of Bands, Dr. Scott Lubaroff

photoScott Lubaroff will join the music faculty at the University of Central Florida in the Fall of 2017 as Professor of Music and Director of Bands, leading a comprehensive ensemble program that includes four concert bands, athletic bands, and chamber winds He will also oversee the graduate program in wind conducting. Dr. Lubaroff comes to UCF after twelve years as Director of Bands (3 years also as Chair of the Department of Music) at the University of Central Missouri, in Warrensburg. Under his direction, the UCM Wind Ensemble performed twice by invitation in New York’s Carnegie Hall (2016; 2010), three times in a seven-year span at the annual Missouri Music Educators Association Conference (2015; 2011; 2008), and performed for the 2014 Southwest Division Conference of the College Band Directors National Association.

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UCF Celebrates the Arts to Team with Orlando REP to Produce The Giver

photoThe Giver, an award-winning social-science novel that has become a staple reading assignment in many middle schools around the country, will be a featured stage performance during the upcoming UCF Celebrates the Arts festival.

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Henrik Ibsen’s drama Hedda Gabler still resonates

photoTheatre UCF's production of Henrik Ibsen's Hedda Gabler will open on Thursday, March 23 and run through Sunday, April 2. Hedda Gabler is a spellbinding drama of revenge, manipulation, sexual repression, deceit and despair, climaxing in an ending that never fails to shock and surprise.

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Ninth Annual UCF-Orlando Jazz Festival Engages Both Students and the Community

photoThe ninth annual UCF-Orlando Jazz Festival, occurring March 24 and 25 on the University of Central Florida campus, will showcase the talent of local high school jazz bands and feature performances by renowned jazz musicians.

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Theatre UCF wins at Kennedy Center regional competition

photoTheatre UCF students gathered a number of awards at the regional Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival at Georgia Southern University.

BFA Design and Technology student Jack Audet won the Regional National Sound Design Award and will be head to the national competition at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. in April.

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UCF Celebrates the Arts to Return April 7-14 for 3rd Season

photoUCF Celebrates the Arts – the university’s annual showcase of student and faculty presentations – will return April 7-14 to the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Orlando.

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Romeo and Juliet gets a Jazz Age treatment

photoTheatre UCF’s production of Romeo and Juliet will open on Thursday, February 16 and run through Sunday, February 26. The Shakespeare classic will be set in the 1930’s, and tell the tale of star-crossed lovers whose families clash in their fight to achieve the American Dream.

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UCF School of Performing Arts Student, Alumni and Staff Engaged in Upcoming Cabaret Performance

photoOn February 11, 2017, The Orlando Gay Chorus is presenting Love Is…A Fairy Tale, an evening of cabaret performances featuring several UCF staff, alumni and a current student.

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UCF students to present musical for youth about hunger

photoOrlando, Fla. – On Friday, February 24, Theatre UCF will present the musical Puddin’ and the Grumble, a coming-of-age tale that follows Puddin’, a young girl struggling with starting over at a new school, living with her eccentric, avid singer and yogi of a grandma, and most of all, overcoming childhood hunger.

Puddin’ and the Grumble was written by Becky Boesen and David von Kampen and was commissioned and created in partnership with the Lied Center for Performing Arts at the University of Nebraska-­Lincoln. UCF’s show is presented in partnership with the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida to raise awareness and funds to support the fight against hunger in the Orlando community.

The student-run production features graduate students in the Theatre for Young Audiences program on the creative team and students from the undergraduate acting, musical theatre, and theatre studies programs in the cast.

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Rupert & Drexler’s new release climbs jazz album charts

photoThe latest album from UCF's esteemed jazz faculty has been well received following its release on January 6. Imagination, a live duo recording from Rupert & Drexler, debuted at #16 during its first week on the CMJ chart, made the Top 50 on the Roots Music Report, and landed on CMJ and JazzWeek’s ‘Most Added’ charts.

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Virtuoso Pianist André Laplante Returns for UCF Piano Day

photoDue to popular demand, virtuoso French-Canadian concert pianist André Laplante returns as the guest artist of the third Annual UCF Piano Day.

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Piano Professor Reviews Student Auditions in Beijing

photoPiano professor Yun-Ling Hsu has been invited to review live piano auditions in Beijing, China in January.

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Potter to sing opera in Lakeland

photoThomas Potter, UCF voice teacher and opera director, will sing the lead baritone role of “Tonio” in Leoncavallo's famous opera Pagliacci (the clowns) with the Imperial Symphony Orchestra at the Branscomb Auditorium in Lakeland, FL on Saturday, January 21.

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Wind Ensemble Concert Moves

photoSunday’s concert by the UCF Wind Ensemble, which will feature a marimba concerto by Dean Jeff Moore of the College of Arts & Humanities as soloist, has a new venue and time. The free concert will be 5-7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at Timber Creek High School, 1001 Avalon Park South Blvd., Orlando. The ensemble is under the direction of Chung Park, an assistant professor in the music department. For details: 407-823-1500.

UCF Marching Knights and Music Fraternities & Sororities Participated in Fall Classic Opening Ceremonies

photoOn Friday, November 11th, members of the UCF Marching Knights and our Music Fraternities and Sororities participated in the Fall Classic Opening Ceremonies for the Special Olympics Florida State Fall Classic. The Special Olympics Florida State Fall Classic is the culminating celebration and competition for athletes, partners, and coaches participating in cheerleading, gymnastics, powerlifting, softball, and Unified flag football. State Fall Classic took place at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex November 11-12, 2016. It hosted more than 1,200 athletes, partners, and coaches. Special thanks to David Barocas, UCF Trumpet player, for organizing this incredible opportunity.

UCF Alumna Bright As Broadway

photoThree weeks after earning her degree a semester early in December 2014, Abby Jaros sat on her bed alongside her parents in a packed up apartment.

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UCF Music professor Laszlo Marosi lauded

photoLaszlo Marosi, associate professor at UCF, has been honored with several prestigious music awards from international organizations over the past year.

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Jazz legend Ira Sullivan to join Flying Horse Big Band in concert

photoUCF's Flying Horse Big Band will perform with five-time Grammy nominee Ira Sullivan on Friday, November 4. The premier ensemble of the university's jazz studies program, the Flying Horse Big Band is under the direction of Pegasus Professor Jeff Rupert, director of Jazz Studies.

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García performs at International Flute Convention near Paris

photoAssociate professor Nora Lee García recently performed at the 5th International Flute Convention hosted by the Maurice-Ravel Conservatory in Levallois, France.

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Cloud 9 is a thought-provoking spectacle

photoTheatre UCF opens Caryl Churchill's time shifting comedy Cloud 9 on Thursday, November 10, in UCF's Black Box theater. The play, a parody of the Victorian Empire's sexual rigidity, runs through November 20.

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UCF Percussionist Performs Soundtrack based on SunRail Travels

photoIn October, UCF Music faculty and percussionist Dr. Thad Anderson will give two free performances of Northbound, a travel soundtrack he composed based on a light rail trip. The performances will take place on Thursday, October 27 on the UCF campus and Sunday, October 30, at the Timucua Arts White House.

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Feinstein at UCF School of Performing Arts

photoAward-winning performer Michael Feinstein takes his seat behind the Steinway Piano and accompanies Kyle Laing, a student in UCF’s musical theatre program, on Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Love Look Away,” while an audience of Laing’s peers and professors listens intently.

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