(Orlando, FL – January 28, 2015)
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This week, the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra announced that it is beginning its first stage of renovations to The Plaza Live Theatre (425 N. Bumby Ave, Orlando), the building that will become the orchestra’s future home.
At a kick-off celebration Tuesday night, David Schillhammer announced the orchestra has already raised $3,492,546 toward renovations to the building. This is part of $8.25 million raised toward the Philharmonic’s “20/20 Vision” campaign — a 5-year, $20 million capital campaign announced in the orchestra’s 2012-2013, 20th anniversary season to raise $6 million for the endowment, $8 million for general operations and $6 million toward the Plaza Live renovations. In addition, $2,026,990 has been contributed in-kind to the renovation.
The first stage of renovations, a 6-month project estimated at $2.5 million, will transform the smaller of the building’s two existing theaters into an acoustically sound rehearsal hall and multi-use performance space. The orchestra is also expanding the building to include a new box office, administrative offices, dressing rooms and sheet music library. The Plaza Live will remain open for events throughout the renovations, and the Philharmonic plans to move its operations into The Plaza Live later this year.
Schillhammer says renovations to the building’s lobby, exterior and main theater will come next.