Bernstein’s MASS
A Theatre Piece for Singers, Players, and Dancers

Saturday April 7, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Walt Disney Theater

Tickets: $5-50

This event also runs on Friday, April 6.

UCF Celebrates the Arts 2018 opens with a tip of the hat to one of classical music’s most iconic artists: Leonard Bernstein. Leonard Bernstein at 100, a two-year global celebration of the life and career of the 20th century cultural giant with more than 2,000 events on six continents, kicked off in the fall of 2017 and UCF is pleased to be able to honor this musical composer, conductor, and educator. 

Mass: A Theatre Piece for Singers, Players, and Dancers is an enormous and ambitious piece, with more than 200 musicians, vocalists, and dancers on stage. Written for the inauguration of the Kennedy Center in 1971, the controversial piece gave voice to an anti-war youth culture that was seeking truth and transparency from its government. Though Mass challenges divine authority, exposing its contradictions and questioning religion’s relevance to contemporary life, it ultimately serves as a reaffirmation of faith and hope for universal peace.

The eclecticism of Mass‘s music reflects the multifaceted nature of Bernstein’s career, with blues, rock, gospel, folk, Broadway, and jazz idioms appearing side by side with 12-tone serialism, symphonic marches, solemn hymns, Middle Eastern dances, orchestral meditations, and lush chorales, all united in a single dramatic event with recurring musical motifs. Bernstein uses the uninhibitedly tonal rock ‘n’ roll of the Street Chorus to challenge the dogmatic, atonal music of the Church; ultimately, the musical argument is resolved with a glorious, tonal chorale (“Almighty Father”) sung by the entire company.

Join the UCF Symphony Orchestra, UCF Choirs, Theatre UCF singers and dancers, and School of Performing Arts alumni at this “Massive” centenary event!


“…Mass re-emerged as the moving and visionary piece it’s always been — arguably the best thing Bernstein ever wrote.” —The Washington Post

“Bernstein left nothing of himself out of Mass, and like the man who wrote it, the piece demands to be noticed. …beneath the original dramatic conception, the creative exuberance, the showbiz glitter and the ear-catching set numbers is a sophisticated, carefully controlled piece of musical craftsmanship that repays close scrutiny. …Yes, Bernstein could manipulate a 12-tone row with the best of them.
“…[an] extravagant, exuberant and endlessly inventive creation…” —The New York Times



#BernsteinAt100LEONARD BERNSTEIN (August 25, 1918- October 14, 1990) was a world-renowned conductor and composer, and one of classical music’s icons of the 20th century. He was Music Director of the New York Philharmonic and conducted the world’s major orchestras, leaving behind an enormous legacy of audio and video recordings. His books, as well as the much-beloved televised Young People’s Concerts with the New York Philharmonic, established him as a leading educator. His orchestral and choral works include three symphonies (No. 1 “Jeremiah”, No. 2 “Age of Anxiety”, and No. 3 “Kaddish”), Serenade, Mass, Chichester Psalms, Songfest, Divertimento for Orchestra, Arias and Barcarolles, and Concerto for Orchestra. Bernstein’s works for the Broadway stage include On the Town, Wonderful Town, Candide and the immensely popular West Side Story. In addition to the West Side Story collaboration, Mr. Bernstein worked with choreographer Jerome Robbins on three major ballets, Fancy Free, Facsimile and Dybbuk. Mr. Bernstein was the recipient of many honors, including eleven Emmy Awards, one Tony Award, the Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award, and the Kennedy Center Honors.

Read more about the extensive history and background of Mass and the Leonard Bernstein at 100 celebration. #BernsteinAt100

By arrangement with Boosey & Hawkes, Inc., Sole Agent for Leonard Bernstein Music Publishing Company LLC, publisher and copyright owner.


Creative Team

Michael Wainstein, Director
Bradley Thornton*, Assistant Director
David Brunner, Music Director
Steven Chicurel-Stein, Music Director of Street Chorus
Chung Park, Director of Orchestras
Robin Jensen, Opera Orlando Youth Chorus Director
Amado Bobadilla, Assistant Opera Orlando Youth Chorus Director
Scott Lubaroff, Director of Bands
Tremon Kizer, Associate Director of Bands & Director of Athletic Bands
Kelly Miller, Director of Women’s Chorus
Joshua Cutting, Assistant Conductor

Bert Scott, Scenic Designer
Kristina Tollefson, Costume Designer
Rosibel Hernandez*, Assistant Costume Designer
George Jackson, Lighting Designer
Shannon Rose Flake*, Assistant Lighting Designer
Bruce Ellman, Sound Designer
Kyra McNeil*, Assistant Sound Designer
Judi Siegfried, Dance Director
Choreographers*: Alaric Frinzi, Elisabeth Christie, Madeline Regier
Gary Brown, Production Manager

Claudia Lynch, Coordinator of Stage Management
Logan Bell*, Stage Manager
Assistant Stage Managers*: Chris Newton, Justin Little, David Holland, Haley Berezin, Bridget Reagan, Emma Brenner, Danielle Borenstein, Zoe Collins
Production Assistants*: Sydney Whittaker, Zachary Perez, Anthony Sulvinski, Lauren Koval, Corina Cottin Contasti, Lauren Vick, Jazlynne Williams

Run Crew*: Cassidy Crisp, Mikaela Crisp, Claire Polson-Hopple, Anna M. Johnson, Bobby Malke, Michelle Malove, Mariah McKinley, Megan Murphy, Samantha Petty, Luke Salerno, Lauren Stromak

Celebrant: Dr. Jeremy Hunt

Street Chorus

Sarah Purser, Soloist
Samantha Barnes-Daniel, Soloist

Students: Julie Berman, Pierce Connell, Nick Drivas, Karissa Dumbacher, Matthew Fackler, Rachel Frangie, Hallie Friedman, Alaric Frinzi, Kimberly Hagland, Joseph Herr, Ryan Koch, Jose-Manuel Lopez, Michael Olaribigbe, Ethan Rich, Savannah Rucks, Hayley Renee Scott, Andrew Sivco, Carly Ventura


Brian Alford Austin Branks, Anna Convery, Darin Dabney, Rebecca Englehart, Tyler Ham, Malik Harris, Megan Kuczajada, Elizabeth Laches, Rachel Laches, Anna Molinari, Sarina Rios, Dylan Rivers, Amber Steward, Sammy Swim

University Chorus*

Soprano: Natalie Almeter, Giselle Beuscher, Sarah Brickeen, Alyssa Cassidy, Andrea Cimino, Stephanie Eugster, Olivia Figh, Emily Gensch, Elizabeth Glavin, Lisamarie Guadalupe, Joyce Hernandez, Nicole Leonard, Zaria Modeste, Maeghin Mueller, Mairead O’Rourke, Emanuela Pava, Marisol Santander, Andrea Segarra, Allyson Sherron, Allison Stanley, Sarah Stanley, Jenna Toler

Alto: Breanna Costa, Maricel Cumbo, Jenna Derrenbacker, Linsey Duca, Elton Gargano, Maggie Gifford, Leah Hernandez, Paulina Hernandez, Lora Korpar, Charlotte Kreibich, Ariana Lanahan, Alyssa Long, Christina Machado, Bethany Marsh, Queenija Morris, Melanie Niarhos, Nicole Riddering, Ilani Santos, Karissa Hardin

Tenor: Armani Adames, Peter Devita, Christopher Ludwig, Deyvion Norris, Micah Walker, Benjamin Watson, Yuting Zhang, Andres Soler-Garzon

Bass: Rashad Everett, Frankie Frevola, David Goodwill, Ryan Goodwin, Michael Hanusiak, Colin Jackson, Jose-Manuel Lopez, Robert Proben, Dezi Rodgers, Taylor Skipper, Andrew Smith, Zach Weinstein, Jacob Woods, David Hertzog

Women’s Chorus*

Soprano I: Arianna Bounds, Melissa Derison, Melanie Fesmire, Kathleen Kilcommons, Nicole Leonard, Kayla Lodge, Elizabeth Lockwood, Ashlen McWhorter, Annalise Mendez, Lissette Moran-Kenner, Jacqueline O’Brien, Alyssa Parker, Allyson Sherron, Jessica Watley, Chloe Ziler

Soprano II: Xena Abella, Olivia Browdy, Lydia Castillo, Sarah Kwilecki, Delaney Knapp, Guilana Saint-Louis, Victoria Lane, Heather Reid, Lauren Smedberg, Madeleine Smith, Meghan St. Pierre, Christine Tholen, Katie Zarama

Alto I: Alexandria Achinapura, Lynette Davis, Sashah Elouidor, Natasha Huston, Jin Jones, Sophia Kennedy, Alyssa Long, Lyanna Martinez, Veronica Nguyen, Annabelle Pace, Andrea Roman, Reide Smith

Alto II: Destiny Antonelli, Widelyne, Beaubrun, Darien Frey, Elizabeth Leroy, Kristin Linn, Alexis Mack, Marissa Richards, Nicole Riddering, Lauren Vetere

*UCF students

Opera Orlando Youth Chorus

Austin Bonneau, soloist
Jahdai Figueroa, soloist

Anavi Modi, Rachel Jolley, Jude Frazier, Githal Z. Figueroa, Jeremiah D. Tacey, Jurrien Mejeur, Elsa Mejeur, Caitlin Clark, Will Gavigan, Jade Grey, Gianna Guerrero, Mary Eshleman, Lyla Tsiokos, Brooke Weiner, Samantha Sosa, Hannah Loper, Leanna Bailey Loper

UCF Symphony Orchestra


Daniel Seymour
Jordan Bicasan
Emily Champagne
Jerika Marie Cruz
Jennifer Guo
Steven Hernandez
Jin Na Jones
Richard Klemm
Sarah Kwilecki
Julia Lanieri
Krister Lawlor
Jill Mezo
Connor Olivardia
Mike Pan
Beck Roberts
Madeleine Smith
Sarah Stanley
Robin Thompson
Emma Tumlin


Michael Loyd
Sharon Billman
Steven Dibidad
Pamela Leadbitter
Geralyn Moore
Michael Simpson
Alexandra Zuleta-Visser
Aaron Wiggins


Aramis Ruiz-Ruiz
Jedidah Wong
Chavelle Altamonte
Linda Cartagena
Jomar Cruz
Emily Elmore
David Herzog
Carlos Moros
Sydney Smallwood


Edwin Rivera Jorge
Adam Fimbres
Erick Campos
Michael Feliciano
Lauren Knott
John Konstantopolous

Electric Guitar 

Michael McCabe
Mike Pan

Bass Guitar

Luther Burke
Erik Campos


Christopher Ludwig
Isabel Aviles
Jolene Crossman


Sara Hrkach
Stephanie Hargrave


Andrew Martin
Raymond Woodruff
Austin Suarez


Ashley Heintzen
Erika Clippinger


Jade Deatherage
Alex Garcia
Noah Mosca


Ignacio Poncio
Mike Himes
Nick Burner
Kerry Sullivan


Matt Pieper
Coral Navarre
Robert Fayard
Marco Rivera


Julio Rivera
Zachary Noble

Bass Trombone

Brian Ildefonso


Michael Guinaugh


Ryan Boehme
Chris Baird
Nick Chase
Theodore Jackson
Matt Malhiot
Jessica Otaiza
Kyle Signer
Sebastian Suarez-Solis
Paul Yorke


Deborah Wendt


George Atwell
Scott Ziegler


Joshua Cutting