Orlando Philharmonic to buy Plaza Live Theatre
Published by OrlandoSentinel.com
The Orlando Philharmonic will announce today that it is buying the iconic Plaza Live Theatre on Bumby Avenue, where the orchestra will update the 1,000-seat music hall to accommodate chamber music concerts while also keeping a schedule of rock, jazz, comedy and contemporary music shows.
“As we move into our third decade, The Plaza provides a unique opportunity for us to have our own permanent residence, a high-quality rehearsal space and the flexibility to schedule and perform a variety of events throughout the year,” said the orchestra’s executive director, David Schillhammer.
The historic building will undergo extensive renovations, according to a release by the Philharmonic, creating office space, a rehearsal hall and a music library.
The Plaza will be the first permanent home for the Orlando Philharmonic, which has been renting space from the Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Loch Haven Park.
Said Plaza Live general manager Kirk Colvin: “The Philharmonic is a natural fit to acquire the Plaza Live and we are excited to begin working with people who are as passionate about music as our staff and patrons are.”
After renovations are completed, the orchestra plans to perform a four-concert “Focus” chamber orchestra series and a five-concert “Sounds of Summer” chamber music series at Plaza Live, the orchestra announced.
Its large-scale classical, pops and opera events will continue to be performed at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre in downtown Orlando — and eventually at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, when it is completed.
Schillhammer would not disclose the purchase price, citing confidentiality agreements. But he confirmed that the orchestra’s full board of directors approved the purchase.