Renowned composer Hans Zimmer will conduct a musical performance featuring UCF students and faculty at the second annual UCF Celebrates the Arts event April 9.

The event, which takes place at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts from April 8 to April 16, features the art and performances of more than 1,000 university students and 100 faculty members.

“The festival allows us to show the breadth and depth of UCF arts in one location,” said Jeff Moore, director of the UCF School of Performing Arts and artistic director of the festival, in a press release. “Last year someone said to me: ‘We know UCF is big, but an event like this brings it home.’ This demonstrates the quality of programs we have at UCF.”

Zimmer, a German-born composer, has penned the scores for several major-motion pictures, such as The Lion King, Pirates of the Caribbean, Gladiator, Inception and Interstellar. 

He will be followed later in the week by composer Patrick Doyle, whose music appears in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Sense and Sensibility and several silver-screen adaptations of Shakespeare's works. Doyle will conduct a performance on April 16.

The full schedule of events will be posted in February. Tickets are free to students and the public alike, and will be available at the UCF School of Performing Arts website in mid-March, after Spring Break.


Bernard Wilchusky is the Editor-in-Chief of the Central Florida Future. You can reach him by email at or on Twitter at @cameradudeman.

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