Orlando’s long-delayed Steinmetz Hall to open in January

Posted on: November 4, 2021

“More than a decade ago, as the nation grappled with recession, officials from the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts decided to delay the construction of its state-of-the-art Steinmetz Hall,” writes Matthew J. Palm in Wednesday’s (11/3) Orlando Sentinel (FL). “Wednesday, the downtown Orlando arts center’s leaders announced [that] Steinmetz Hall will open Jan. 14 with a ceremonial ribbon-cutting and open house, followed by a two-week Grand Celebration [that includes] a 10-day residency by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of London … as well as singers from the Bach Festival Society of Winter Park and the Bethune-Cookman University Concert Chorale…. Orlando Ballet [will] open its production of ‘Giselle’ there on Feb. 10. The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra will accompany the dance performance and also move four of its spring 2022 concerts into the new venue, beginning with a Beethoven program featuring violinist Gil Shaham on March 5. The hall [will also be home to] Opera Orlando…. Designed by architect Barton Myers, the high-tech hall uses special hidden machinery to rearrange its seating configuration and stage setup so it can change its look and functionality for different types of events.” The hall is named after philanthropists Chuck and Margery Pabst Steinmetz.