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.
“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.
“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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