This one of reasons we love living here. Today's Orlando News ~~ The Central Florida community gathered to celebrate the groundbreaking of Steinmetz Hall and The Green Room, completing the original three-theater vision for the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.
Steinmetz Hall is a 1,700-seat, three-tier acoustical hall that will host “unplugged” local, national and international performances from rock to symphony that rely on the fidelity of sound. The acoustical hall will showcase performances by local arts groups and attract the best in musical talent from around the world. Using a moving shell and towers, the stage can be hydraulically lengthened, shortened or even lowered to create a flat floor.
The Green Room, which will have its own entrance from South Street, has been designed as a gathering place for performers and guests for musical exploration, creative programming, recording, intimate performances and events.
Steinmetz Hall and The Green Room are scheduled to open in 2020.
“There is no doubt that Orlando has become one of the nation’s premier destinations on multiple levels, showcasing theme parks, sports and our very own, world-class arts center. The addition of Steinmetz Hall and The Green Room adds to our city’s vibrant offerings for residents and visitors to enjoy for many years to come,” said City of Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer.
“Today marks another milestone in our history, as our community unites to support and celebrate the importance of arts as an integral part of our treasured quality of life," said Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs. "What we’re embarking on this morning, with the construction of this amazing new performance space, will be enjoyed forever by our local artists and community, as well as generations of families, students, artists and visitors to come."
The total cost of the project is $237.5 million. Through public partnerships and private philanthropy, Dr. Phillips Center has generated $222.8 million and will continue to fundraise for the capital project.
“There is great excitement surrounding Steinmetz Hall and The Green Room, and Dr. Phillips Center has committed to raising the remaining $14.7 million through private contributions. We know that once a project breaks ground, it generates additional investment interest,” said Jim Pugh, chairman, board of directors, Dr. Phillips Center.
Funding sources include public partnerships with Orange County (Tourist Development Tax), City of Orlando, State of Florida, City of Winter Park, as well as private gifts led by philanthropists Margery Pabst Steinmetz and Chuck Steinmetz, Joyce and Judson Green, and additional benefactors and supporters.
Upon opening, local arts groups will perform in Steinmetz Hall and The Green Room to include:
· Dr. Phillips Center Jazz Orchestra
· Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra
· Orlando Ballet
· Orlando Opera
· Cultural Fusion
· Producciones Contraparte
· Central Florida Community Arts
“To open a world-class arts center and, just a few years later, be able to complete the original vision with three accomplished theaters, acoustically and theatrically, is an amazing feat and a testament to the great support of the community. Dr. Phillips Center continues to shape Central Florida’s culture and economy. Our vision, Arts For Every Life,guides us topositively impact our community through dynamic experiences and education. Dr. Phillips Center is dedicated to being a creative gathering place where people love to experience, explore, learn, work and be an authentic part of the arts,” said Kathy Ramsberger, president & CEO of the Dr. Phillips Center.
Construction milestones and performance schedules will be announced in the months ahead. Stay connected on social media with #soclose and #artsforeverylife and www.drphillipscenter.org.
About the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization operating the state-of-the-art performing arts center in downtown Orlando, Florida. With its opening in November 2014, the performing arts center launched its vision of Arts for Every Life by being a gathering place for creativity and discovery; a vibrant urban destination where artists, audiences and students come to experience, explore and learn. The two-block community destination features the 2,700-seat Walt Disney Theater, 300-seat Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater, Seneff Arts Plaza, Dr. Phillips Center Florida Hospital School of the Arts, the DeVos Family Room, and other event rental spaces. Expansion efforts include Steinmetz Hall, a 1,700-seat acoustical theater, along with rehearsal, classroom, office space and commercial development spaces. The Dr. Phillips Center is a private non-profit collaborating with the City of Orlando, Orange County, the State of Florida and generous donors.
Speakers (In order of presentation):
· Jim Pugh, Chairman, Board of Directors, Dr. Phillips Center
· Ken Robinson, Director, President & CEO, Dr. Phillips Charities
· Chuck Steinmetz and Margery Pabst-Steinmetz, Major Donors, Dr. Phillips Center
· Joyce and Judson Green, Major Donors, Dr. Phillips Center
· The Honorable Buddy Dyer, Mayor, City of Orlando
· The Honorable Teresa Jacobs, Mayor, Orange County
· Peter Kacheris, Executive Board Leadership with Tourist Development Council, Central Florida Hotel & Lodging Association and Visit Orlando
· Kathy Ramsberger, President & CEO, Dr. Phillips Center
General Photo Caption: More than 70 stakeholders participated in a shovel movement ceremony to mark the official groundbreaking of Steinmetz Hall and The Green Room at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. Students delivered a visual display of color accompanying musical theater performances by Downtown Sounds.