Dr. Phillips Center Announces The Residency Festival with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Special Guests Oct 3-8, 2023

Dr. Phillips Center Announces The Residency Festival

Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts today announced The Residency Festival, featuring the return of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London, and a cross-section of the world’s most impressive artists creating six one-of-a-kind concert experiences from October 3-8, 2023.

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The Concerts

The Royal Philharmonic’s performances will feature collaborations with:

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Birmingham Royal Ballet
Patron The late Queen
President HRH the former Prince of Wales
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, conductor Paul Murphy
An Evening of Music & Dance

Tuesday, October 3, 2023 | Steinmetz Hall | 7:30 p.m.

Birmingham Royal BalletBirmingham Royal Ballet is one of the world’s greatest dance companies, a powerhouse in classical ballet and contemporary dance.

Under the leadership of Carlos Acosta, the company pushes the art form into electrifying new directions. Made possible by a level of artistry, creativity, and technical excellence that creates demand for the Company’s performances around the world. Tonight’s performance brings together Birmingham Royal Ballet and the Royal Philharmonic in a North American premier of their Royal Albert Hall performances that are cherished by London audiences.

The Birmingham Royal Ballet & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is supported by Stanley & Judith Sandefur, Clancey & Susan Bounds, and I-Drive Improvement District / Sibille Pritchard.

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The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Wednesday, October 4, 2023 | Steinmetz Hall | 7:30 p.m.

BeckBeck’s singular career has seen him explore all genres and eras of music, blurring boundaries and blazing a path into the future while foraging through the past. Having amassed a kaleidoscopic catalog of gold and platinum albums that consistently straddle the mainstream and avant-garde, the eight-time Grammy winner will make his debut performance with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra on October 4.

This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see and hear Beck as never before, as the Dr. Phillips Center hosts a very special evening of unique arrangements of familiar favorites and seldom-heard deep cuts from a master of perpetual reinvention.

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Harry Connick Jr.
The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Thursday, October 5, 2023 | Steinmetz Hall | 8:00 p.m.

Harry Connick, JrHarry Connick, Jr. is the definition of a multi-talented star exemplifying excellence across multiple platforms in the entertainment world. He has had notable triumphs as an actor and television personality, but the foundation of his art remains his music and his legendary live performances. He has received Grammy and Emmy Awards, Tony nominations and has sold millions of records around the world.

Now, fall in love with Harry’s musical virtuoso as he joins the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for one special evening of big symphonic sounds and classics from his remarkable career.

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A Legacy Evening with Diana Ross
The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Friday, October 6, 2023 | Steinmetz Hall | 8:00 p.m.

Diana RossDiana Ross defines an icon. A national treasure who has changed the course of music history. Ms. Ross’ unprecedented career has made her the most successful recording artist and entertainer of all time.

Ms. Ross has received The Kennedy Center Honors, National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences Highest Honor, The Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, a Golden Globe Award, a Tony Award, in addition to an induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Song Writers Hall of Fame, National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences Hero Award, NAACP Entertainer Award, Billboards Female Entertainer of the Century Award, among others.

If music moves you, Diana Ross and the Royal Philharmonic is an evening you will never forget.

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Broadway Royalty
Sutton Foster and Brian Stokes Mitchell
The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Saturday, October 7, 2023 | Steinmetz Hall | 8:00 p.m.

Sutton Foster and Brian Stokes MitchellAn evening bringing together Broadway’s Royalty, Sutton Foster and Brian Stokes Mitchell with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra performing their greatest hits from Broadway and other standards.

Their careers would be a dream come true for any aspiring Broadway actress or actor. Sutton Foster has performed in 11 Broadway shows including two Tony Award-winning performances in Anything Goes and Thoroughly Modern Millie. Sutton recently starred with Hugh Jackman in The Music Man shattering box office records. Her television credits include Bun Heads, Gilmore Girls, The Good Wife, Sesame Street, to name a few.

New York Times called Brian Stokes Mitchell ‘the last leading man’ in recognition of his Tony Award-winning performance in Kiss Me Kate, as well as starring roles Man of La Mancha, Rag Time, Kiss of the Spiderwoman, and more. Stokes, as he prefers to be called, has extensive screen credits including a seven-year stint on Trapper John, MD, forty years of memorable performances on PBS Great Performances, and more.

Each of these artists with the Royal Philharmonic would be a memorable evening. Together, this is a not to be missed concert for Broadway lovers and anyone who loves great singing.

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Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Bach Festival Choir
Dr. John V. Sinclair, Artistic Director
Part of The Great Orchestra Series

Sunday, October 8, 2023 | Steinmetz Hall | 7:30 p.m.

Bach Festival ChoirReturning by popular demand, Bach Festival Society of Winter Park joins the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in an evening of the most beautiful and passionate music composed for orchestra and chorus.

A portion of the program is dedicated to works performed by members of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the coronation of HM King Charles III, including the world premiere of the orchestration of Tarik O’Regan’s Coronation Agnus Dei.

Other featured works include Verdi, Rossini, Puccini, and Handel and the Royal Philharmonic performing thrilling opera overtures. Bach Festival Society performances are treasured by Central Florida audiences and across North America through their performances on PBS.

The Great Orchestra Series is supported by PNC Bank, Chuck & Margery Pabst Steinmetz, Jody & Bill Orosz, Anil & Chitra Deshpande, Judy & David Albertson, and other generous donors.

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Returning to conduct the Royal Philharmonic is Edwin Outwater.

In addition to being one of the world’s most remarkably acoustic spaces, the Steinmetz Hall 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.

“Creating and producing this festival is another way to globally expand our vision of Arts for Every Life ®,” says Kathy Ramsberger, President & CEO of the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. “Pairing one of the world’s greatest orchestras with popular artists, this festival gives Orlando’s visitors and our hometown guests a chance to hear their music in unexpected ways in Steinmetz Hall.”

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Other Events

To celebrate this once-in-a-lifetime roster of artists, The Residency Festival will include a Gala dinner on October 5 prior to Harry Connick Jr.’s performance with the Orchestra.

Pre-show dining events will also be available for guests before the other performances.

Another highlight of The Residency during the October 8 performance by the Royal Philharmonic and The Bach Festival Choir will include a tribute to HM King Charles III in the year of his coronation featuring two pieces Handel Zadok The Priest and a Dr. Phillips Center commissioned orchestration of Tarik O’Regan’s Coronation Agnus Day, both of which were performed by members of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra as part of the coronation service at Westminster Abbey in May 2023.

The performance will mark the world premiere of the orchestration.

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An Annual Event

The success of the Center’s sold-out Grand Celebration which marked the opening of Steinmetz Hall led to the creation of The Residency Festival, which will now be an annual event.

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Tickets go on sale at DrPhillipsCenter.org today, September 11, at noon ET.

About Michelle Snow

Michelle is the owner and editor of CitySurfing Orlando. She also owns Zengrrl.com, is a freelance writer specializing in travel and entertainment, has authored/co-authored four guidebooks on Orlando and Florida, and is head editor/writer at TheDisneyBlog.com. She's lived in Orlando near Walt Disney World since 1995, and still finds there's so much fun to be had in Central Florida.
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