Orlando arts groups join for Sunday benefit for victims of nightclub shootings

Posted on: June 23, 2016

“More than 50 arts groups, including Central Florida’s best-known organizations, are banding together for a benefit titled ‘Beautiful Together: An Artistic Journey Toward Hope,’ ” writes Matthew J. Palm in Wednesday’s (6/22) Orlando Sentinel (Florida). “The 75-minute event will take place June 28 at downtown Orlando’s Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts and feature performances by a mass choir and orchestra, as well as dance and theater pieces. Proceeds will be donated to the OneOrlando Fund, established to aid those affected by this month’s Pulse nightclub massacre of 49 people … and the murder of singer Christina Grimmie at the Plaza Live…. Leading the collaboration are Cole NeSmith, director of the annual Creative City Project; Mitzi Maxwell, executive director of Mad Cow Theatre; Robert Hill, artistic director of Orlando Ballet; Eric Jacobsen, music director of the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra; and [Joshua Vickery, executive director of CFCArts]…. Other groups participating include the Bach Festival Society of Winter Park, Orlando Shakespeare Theater, Orlando Repertory Theatre, the Orlando Gay Chorus, Opera Orlando and the Negro Spiritual Scholarship Foundation.” Said Vickery, “Immediately after the tragedy happened, there were multiple conversations by artists saying, ‘What can we do? How can we help?’ ”

Posted June 23, 2016