After a 19-year journey, the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts today announced that the biggest names in music, dance and comedy will share the stage in celebration of the highly anticipated completion of the arts center with the beginnings of Steinmetz Hall. The acoustically perfect concert hall will debut in January 2022, and Judson’s, a cabaret-style space, will follow in May 2022.
Having had the chance to visit the Dr Phillips Center on several occasions since it opened, I feel like I have seen this building grow with every step of the way. The new Steinmetz Hall, as you heard in the video below, is one of the greatest efforts ever to advance the arts and will remain for generations to come.
On Friday, January 14, the season of big celebrations will kick off with two weeks of events starting with an opening ceremony and an open house. Over 250 artists will come together for Rise & Shine, a two-day celebration of Orlando’s best on the global stage at Steinmetz Hall — produced by the Dr. Phillips Center, led by Cole NeSmith, Executive Director of the Creative City Project, and Music Director Eric Jacobsen, who is Music Director of the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra.
Celebrating 75 years as one of the world’s greatest orchestras, the London Royal Philharmonic Orchestra will continue to show the acoustic depth and flexibility of Steinmetz Hall with unique collaborations during a 10-day residency in Orlando, their premiere in an arts center performance in the United States
On Wednesday January 19, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra will begin performing with artists of different genres, starting with eight principal dancers of the Royal Ballet, also a first. The 76-piece group will next perform with Grammy-winning singer Jennifer Hudson and soul and R&B singer Leon Bridges, both producing new charts for the occasion, as well as country legend Lyle Lovett, who will pay tribute to the United States with his performance. .
The Orchestra will also present a classical interpretation of Beethoven’s Symphony No.9, considered one of the most remarkable achievements in musical history, with the Bach Festival Choir.
The group will end their residency in Orlando by joining the world premiere of Black, Brown and Beige & Sacred Music by Duke Ellington, with The Jazz Orchestra at the Dr. Phillips Center and the Bethune-Cookman University Concert Chorale.
The Big Celebration will run through the entire 2021/2022 season with a new space and upcoming programming at the arts center, including shows in comedy, cinema & family, jazz, classical,
Visit drphillipscenter.org/grandcelebration for more information.
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