On April 15, approximately 200 community and university leaders gathered for a special reception at the UCF Celebrates the Arts festival at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. Provost A. Dale Whittaker, College of Arts and Humanities Dean Jose Fernandez, and UCF School of the Performing Arts Director Jeff Moore spoke about arts at UCF and thanked patrons for their support. The UCF Jazz Chamber Group performed, and guests interacted with live student art exhibits displayed throughout the Dr. Phillips Center.
After the reception, the guests enjoyed a sold-out performance of Patrick Doyle’s Music of Shakespeare. Doyle, a two-time Oscar nominee, has served as the composer for Sir Kenneth Branagh’s Shakespearean films including Hamlet, Much Ado About Nothing and Henry V. The Office of Constituent Relations coordinated this special evening of the festival with other members of the UCF Celebrates the Arts planning committee.
The free, nine-day arts festival was open to the public and featured more than 1,000 UCF students, faculty and partners showcasing studio art, music, theatre, dance, gaming, animation, photography and film. Additional photos and videos from the 2016 UCF Celebrate the Arts festival can be found here.