A digital rendering shows the new Steinmetz Hall at Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in a configuration for an orchestra performance.
A digital rendering shows the new Steinmetz Hall at Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in a configuration for an orchestra performance. (Dr. Phillips Center)

Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra and Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts have reached deals regarding the groups’ usage of Steinmetz Hall, the center’s forthcoming venue.

“It feels fantastic. We have dreamed about having the Orlando Philharmonic in a fabulous acoustic space,” said Mary Palmer, president of the Philharmonic board. “We know it really makes a difference in how the audience will appreciate live music.”


The Orlando Philharmonic signed an agreement Wednesday afternoon, according to Dr. Phillips spokeswoman Lorri Shaban, after months of negotiations. The Philharmonic is the third group to reach a deal after Opera Orlando and Orlando Ballet both signed contracts with the arts center in recent weeks.

Orlando Ballet, Dr. Phillips Center reach deal on Steinmetz Hall

Orlando Ballet will perform in Steinmetz Hall starting in 2020.

“It’s a great feeling. After several meetings and emails back and forth, I think we’re all singing the same tune,” said Gabriel Preisser, executive director of Opera Orlando. “We need to partner together and work together for the success not just of Steinmetz Hall, but our entire arts community.”

All three groups received similar deals with the center.

“All three organizations received our new 'Arts for Every Life’ rental rates as well as the lowest negotiated rates for pass-through costs such as guest services, custodial and security,” Shaban said.

Steinmetz Hall, a 1,700-capacity venue, is an acoustically sophisticated space designed for unamplified performances that also comes with a hefty price tag — approximately $237 million.

Even though the new venue was touted as being designed for groups such as the opera and orchestra, fears about pricey rent were at the forefront of the minds of local arts groups.

Orlando arts groups worry they’ll be priced out of Dr. Phillips’ new Steinmetz Hall

The Orlando Philharmonic, Orlando Ballet and Opera Orlando fear rental fees for will be too prohibitive for the new hall at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.

Dr. Phillips Center came back to the negotiating table with terms more favorable for the local arts groups.

“It’s been a long journey,” Palmer said. “For us, it is a dream come true. We’re delighted that we’ve reached an agreement and have a wonderful future ahead.”

Correction: An earlier version of this story stated the cost of Steinmetz Hall was more than $600 million, which is the cost of the entire Dr. Phillips Center, including the new venue. Steinmetz Hall’s price tag is approximately $237 million.

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