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UCF Celebrates the Arts: UCF Orchestra

Presented by UCF College of Arts and Humanities at Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, Orlando FL

Apr 06 2023
UCF Celebrates the Arts: UCF Orchestra

UCF musicians perform orchestral classics and excerpts from a new opera, conducted by Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra’s maestro.

The UCF Orchestra shines under the baton of guest conductor Eric Jacobsen, performing Dvořák’s Carnival Overture and Respighi’s Pines of Rome. Singers from Orlando Opera join for a preview performance of UCF professor of composition Alex Burtzos’ new opera, HE Who Gets Slapped. Selected songs will be performed.

HE Who Gets Slapped is an opera in development by Alex Burtzos and librettist Daniel Neer, based on Leonid Andreyev’s 1915 play of the same name. The opera’s action revolves around a mysterious stranger, known only as “HE,” who works as a clown at a small circus in the early part of the 20th century. In addition to lengthy runs on Broadway and London’s West End, Andreyev’s tale has been adapted into a Russian silent film (1916), an MGM feature (1924), a novel (1924) and more. This operatic setting is testament to its continuing timeless appeal. This opera is in production with support from Opera Orlando.


Musicians of the UCF Orchestra
Eric Jacobsen, conductor
Sara Lucille Law, soprano
Raphaella Medina, mezzo soprano
Robert Hartfield, tenor
Geoffrey Peterson, baritone
Joe Colsant, bass

This event is part of UCF Celebrates the Arts 2023. Each spring, UCF hosts a large-scale celebration of creativity at Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. This year, UCF Celebrates the Arts turns the spotlight on the intersection of arts and technology, and showcases our students, faculty and alumni through dance, concerts, cabaret, lectures and discussions, film, chamber music, visual arts and more. The festival has events and exhibits for all ages and interests, and with half of the events being free, is a perfect opportunity to try something new. Fantastic possibilities lie ahead at UCF Celebrates the Arts, April 2-15 at Dr. Phillips Center! Learn more at


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Contact: 407.823.2251

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  • Apr 6, 2023 at 07:30 pm (Thu)
* Event durations (if noted) are approximate. Please check with the presenting organization or venue to confirm start times and duration.


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