The other “acoustically perfect” shoe drops! At a press conference Wednesday at the Dr. Phillips Center, the official opening date for the highly anticipated Steinmetz Hall in Dr. Phil was revealed. It’s mid-January 2022 and there are powerful talents lined up to mark the occasion.
The opulent performance space of the Dr. Phillips Center – in preparation since 2005 and intended to provide the ultimate listening experience for the performing arts, opera and dance – will be on January 14, 2022.
Some of the thunder was inadvertently brushed off this long-awaited announcement at the Orlando Ballet press conference on Tuesday, where a performance of Giselle at Steinmetz was confirmed for February 2022. But Wednesday’s presser delivered his own surprised by revealing a “Big Celebrationto mark the opening of the Steinmetz.
After the inauguration ceremony and the open house on January 14, the “Great season of celebrationswill begin, with two weeks filled with local and international talent.
First, on January 16 and 17, 250 artists will represent the best staging of Orlando Rise & Shine, a collaboration between the Dr. Phillips Center, Cole NeSmith of the Creative City Project and Orlando Music Director Phil, Eric Jacobsen.
After that, London Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (!) come to City Beautiful for a 10-day residency to showcase Steinmetz’s “acoustic depth” with a series of eclectic performances. The Royal Philharmonic, during this residency, will perform on different evenings with (deep breath) Lyle Lovett, Leon Bridges, Jennifer Hudson, the Royal Ballet, play Beethoven Symphony No. 9 with the Bach Festival Choir of Orlando, and finally face Duke Ellington Black, brown and beige and sacred music next to youe Jazz Orchestra at the Dr. Phillips Center and the Bethune-Cookman University Concert Chorale.
“Improving our culture is a great way to invest in our community,” Orange County Maj. Jerry Demings said at Wednesday’s press conference. “The performing arts center will make a significant contribution to our economy and our quality of life.”
Exact times, dates and ticket information for the big celebration are TBD.
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