UCF Symphony Orchestra “When in Rome”

Thursday, April 6, 2023 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Eric Jacobsen, conductor 

UCF musicians perform orchestral classics and excerpts from a new opera, conducted by Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra’s music director. 

The UCF Symphony Orchestra shines under the baton of guest conductor Eric Jacobsen, performing Dvořák’s Carnival Overture and Respighi’s Pines of Rome. Singers from Orlando Opera join for a preview performance of UCF professor of composition Alex Burtzos’ new opera, HE Who Gets Slapped. Selected songs will be performed. 

HE Who Gets Slapped is an opera in development by Alex Burtzos and librettist Daniel Neer, based on Leonid Andreyev’s 1915 play of the same name. The opera’s action revolves around a mysterious stranger, known only as “HE,” who works as a clown at a small circus in the early part of the 20th century. In addition to lengthy runs on Broadway and London’s West End, Andreyev’s tale has been adapted into a Russian silent film (1916), an MGM feature (1924), a novel (1924) and more. This operatic setting is testament to its continuing timeless appeal. This opera is in production with support from Opera Orlando. 


  • Musicians of the UCF Symphony Orchestra 
  • Eric Jacobsen, conductor 
  • Sara Lucille Law, soprano 
  • Raphaella Medina, mezzo soprano 
  • Robert Hartfield, tenor 
  • Geoffrey Peterson, baritone  
  • Joe Colsant, bass 

Each spring, UCF hosts a large-scale celebration of creativity at Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. This year, UCF Celebrates the Arts explores the intersection of arts and technology, and showcases our students, faculty and alumni through dance, concerts, cabaret, lectures and discussions, film, chamber music, family-friendly events, visual arts and more. The festival has events and exhibits for all ages and interests, and with half of the events being free, is an ideal opportunity to try something new. Fantastic possibilities lie ahead at UCF Celebrates the Arts, April 2-15 at Dr. Phillips Center! Learn more at arts.ucf.edu/celebrates. 

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