Orlando Philharmonic will open fall season with outdoor concerts at soccer stadium

Posted on: August 19, 2020

“With Steinmetz Hall not ready to open and the Bob Carr Theater closed indefinitely, the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra will [perform] its Sept. 26 season-opening concert … outdoors at Exploria Stadium, home to Orlando’s professional soccer teams,” writes Matthew J. Palm in Friday’s (8/14) Orlando Sentinel (FL). “At Exploria Stadium, the musicians will play from a stage on the soccer pitch, while audience members sit on the stadium’s first level, in some suites and possibly into the second level of seating…. Attendance [at the 25,500-seat stadium] will be limited to 2,000 concertgoers…. The next two programs will take place at Calvary Orlando [Church] in Winter Park…. The Philharmonic is working to make concerts available online for season-ticket holders who cannot attend in person…. The Bob Carr Theater … the usual home for Philharmonic concerts, remains closed because its older air-handling system can’t be adapted for the latest COVID-19 precautions…. Smaller ‘Focus Series’ concerts will remain at The Plaza Live … and the Philharmonic will experiment with holding its Symphony Storytime program for children ages 3-7 outside at the venue…. Plans for the only pops concert scheduled for 2020—the annual ‘Home for the Holidays’ show—are still pending.”