UCF Music Department

November events from the School of Performing Arts

November 2017

photoWith 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.

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UCF Alumnus partners with Theatre UCF to bring play about Sandy Hook to Orlando

September 2017

photoOn Oct. 5 – Oct. 8, the University of Central Florida will bring 26 Pebbles – a play written by BFA musical theatre alumnus Eric Ulloa ’04 – to the Orlando Repertory Theatre.

Ulloa’s 26 Pebbles was created as a response to the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary shooting. As a socially active individual, Ulloa felt a need to shine a light on the tragedy that changed the lives of many people in Newtown, Connecticut. Posting articles on Facebook had become incessant and status updates weren’t making the difference Ulloa had hoped to see, so he decided to put his efforts toward a bigger, more impactful project. He flew to Newtown and conducted interviews with the town’s people, and 26 Pebbles is a composition of their words.

“I was tired of my own complacency and how I wasn’t using my talents to somehow help the world in some way,” Ulloa said.

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

September 2017

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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UCF Welcomes New Trombone Professor, Luis F. Fred

June 2017

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

April 2017

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!

April 2017

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

April 2017

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

April 2017

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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Rupert & Drexler’s new release climbs jazz album charts

January 2017

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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Piano Professor Reviews Student Auditions in Beijing

January 2017

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

January 2017

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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