The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts has announced that Steinmetz Hall and Judson’s are nearing completion and they would be celebrating with a series of performances that will kick off in January 2022.
Steinmetz Hall is an acoustically perfect concert hall located on the north side of the Dr. Phillips Center building. CitySurfing Orlando has been covering its construction from the start, so we are very excited that we will soon be able to enjoy shows in the venue.
The ribbon-cutting and a community open house will take place on January 14, 2022.
Then more than 250 artists will come together for Rise & Shine, a two-day celebration with Orlando’s best on the world stage of Steinmetz Hall.
This will be produced by Dr. Phillips Center, directed by Cole NeSmith (executive director of the Creative City Project), and music director Eric Jacobsen, who serves as Music Director for Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra.
A few days later, on January 19, 2022, The London Royal Philharmonic Orchestra will begin a 10-day residency in Orlando at Steinmetz Hall, which will be its first at a performing arts center in the U.S.
Also a first will be a collaboration between the Orchestra and the Royal Ballet, followed by performances with musicians Leon Bridges, Jennifer Hudson, and Lyle Lovett.
The LRP Orchestra will partner with Winter Park’s Bach Festival Choir, as well, on a classical performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, considered one of the most outstanding achievements in the history of music.
The group will end its Orlando residency by joining the world premiere of “Duke Ellington’s Black, Brown and Beige & Sacred Music,” featuring The Jazz Orchestra at Dr. Phillips Center, and the Bethune-Cookman University Concert Chorale.
Here are the performances scheduled:
- Jan. 19 – The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with the Royal Ballet
- Jan. 20 – The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with Leon Bridges
- Jan. 22 – The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with Jennifer Hudson
- Jan. 23 – The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with Bach Festival Choir
- Jan. 25 – The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with Lyle Lovett
- Jan. 26 – Duke Ellington’s world premiere of Brown, Black and Beige & Sacred Music, featuring Brian Stokes Mitchell and Audra McDonald with the Jazz Lincoln Center Orchestra and Bethune-Cookman University Concert Chorale
The Grand Celebration will extend into the full 2021/2022 season with a new space and programming coming to the arts center, including shows in the comedy, film & family, jazz, classical, dance, country, education, Broadway and commercial series. Additional programming will be announced as it is made available.
Named after philanthropists Chuck and Margery Pabst Steinmetz, Steinmetz Hall will be one of the world’s most acoustically perfect spaces designed to reach the lowest levels at which humans can detect sound in a modern building.
The multi-form venue is also one of the very few theaters in the world that can transform in shape, seating, and sound to accommodate a variety of art forms and events. It is also visually beautiful, with lots of wood.
Also completing phase two of the Dr. Phillips Center will be Judson’s, opening in May 2022. Named after Joyce and Judson Green, Judson’s is a dynamic, cabaret-style space where guests can enjoy intimate performances and events.
“We set out to build one of the greatest performing arts centers in the world—one that could transform our region and serve as a model for the future. And I think we did exactly that,” said Jim Pugh, Chairman of the Board at the Dr. Phillips Center. “Opening Steinmetz Hall and Judson’s completes the building as it was originally designed when we first started this project some 20 years ago. This is a place that will inspire Orlando for generations to come.”
For more information on Steinmetz Hall, Judson’s, or any upcoming events, visit DrPhillipsCenter.org.
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