The “acoustically perfect” Steinmetz Hall performance space will open in January with a big celebration… and the Royal Philharmonic


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  • Photo courtesy of the Dr. Phillips Center
  • The interior of the Steinmetz room

The other drops of “acoustically perfect” shoes! At a press conference Wednesday at the Dr. Phillips Center, the official-official opening date of the highly anticipated Steinmetz room in Dr. Phil was revealed. It’s mid-January 2022 and top talent is lined up to mark the occasion.

The opulent performance space of the Dr. Phillips Center – in construction since 2005 and intended to provide the optimal listening experience for the performing arts, opera and dance – will be on January 14, 2022.

Some of the thunder was inadvertently swept away from that 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 reporter delivered his own surprise by revealing a “Great Celebration“to mark the opening of the Steinmetz.

After the inauguration ceremony and the open house on January 14, the “Season of great celebrations“will begin, with two weeks filled with local and international talent.

First, on January 16 and 17, 250 artists will represent Orlando’s best production Rise & Shine, a collaboration between the Dr. Phillips Center, Cole NeSmith of 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 in Orlando, and finally face Duke Ellington Black, brown and beige and Sacred music next to te Jazz Orchestra at the Dr. Phillips Center and the Bethune-Cookman University Concert Choir.

“Improving our culture is a great way to invest in our community,” Orange County Major 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.

The exact times and dates and ticketing information for the Great Celebration are to be determined.

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