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UCF Celebrates the Arts tickets on sale Thursday

Orlando Sentinel logoOrlando Sentinel 2/20/2019 Matthew J. Palm
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Hard to believe, but we already have arrived at the fifth annual UCF Celebrates the Arts festival.

Returning to the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Orlando from April 5-14, the extravaganza will include more than 30 events and exhibitions. But take note: Tickets to the various festival programs go on sale at noon Feb. 21.

Among this year’s highlights: A production of the Tony-winning musical “Titanic” and the National Young Composers Challenge Composium, presented in collaboration with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra.

The theme of the festival, UCF says, is “the resilience of humans and the healing power of art.”

This festival crosses all genres of the arts – extending into the cutting-edge fields of video games and virtual reality.

“We are presenting some of the most diverse and innovative art projects UCF has to offer with experiences in theater, music, visual art, literature, history, technology, film, performance art, virtual reality and more,” said Michael Wainstain, director of the UCF School of Performing Arts, in a statement.

Other highlights include several works dealing with effect of Hurricane Maria on Puerto Rico, a theater production for young audiences about preserving the environment and an immersive experience in which viewers get a look at the misery of shipboard life for captured Africans being brought to the Americas.

On the lighter side, UCF’s Flying Horse Big Band will pay tribute to the most iconic moments of Ray Charles’ career . The Young Composers Challenge Composium — a nationwide contest for youths — ends with a concert by the Philharmonic and UCF music faculty of the winning musical works.

The Dr. Phillips Center is at 455 S. Magnolia Ave., Orlando. Note that tickets are needed to enter the building — even for free events. The price of festival offerings range from free to $50; most are no more than $5. To see the complete schedule, with ticket prices and additional information, go to Tickets may be bought at the website or by calling 407-823-1500 after noon Feb 21.; @matt_on_arts

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