It’s easy to take for granted all the wonderful arts organizations and their offerings. Metro Orlando has no shortage of performances, including all types of plays, dance and music. But one of the most revered groups was almost lost when the Florida Symphony Orchestra had to shut its doors due to a lack of funding.
But, as I recently found out, that was really just the beginning, as a new orchestra would not only be formed but it would be a financial and cultural success. The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra is celebrating 25 years of passionate performances – and now is anxiously awaiting the completion of the 1700-seat Steinmetz Hall at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.
Due to the generosity of many, including namesake couple, Chuck and Margery Steinmetz, the hall will be the performance home of the Orlando Phil in 2020. Most recently, a new gift from Carol and Harvey Massey was announced. The Masseys have generously supported many community initiatives beyond the arts. But they also get personally involved, and on Sunday evening they hosted the musicians, as well as patrons, at a special reception.
It was a wonderful opportunity for the unknown-to-many performers to mingle with the people who make it possible. It was truly inspiring to see the interaction and hear more from members of the orchestra. With multiple programs every single month, this is way more than classical music. And it’s hard to imagine Orlando without these sounds. Fortunately, we have people who go above and beyond to ensure we never do.
For more information on the Orlando Phil, go to orlandophil.org.