A Theatre Piece for Singers, Players, and Dancers
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
LEONARD 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.
By arrangement with Boosey & Hawkes, Inc., Sole Agent for Leonard Bernstein Music Publishing Company LLC, publisher and copyright owner.
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
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
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
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
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
Jerika Marie Cruz
Jin Na Jones
Edwin Rivera Jorge