The Philharmonic’s Focus Series has been an audience favorite for years, with each program in the series focusing on chamber orchestra music of a particular composer, time period, genre or theme. Previously held at Orlando Shakespeare’s 324-seat Margeson Theater, the programs give patrons an intimate concert going experience, with many seats just feet away from the musicians. In past seasons, these concerts regularly sold out on subscription. This year, in order to share the music with even more patrons, the Philharmonic moved the Focus Series to the Plaza Live Theatre, with outstanding results. On December 15, Music Director Finalist Eric Jacobsen conducted the second concert in the 2014-2015 series—featuring concertmaster Rimma Bergeron Langlois performing Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons—for a record-breaking audience of nearly 650, breaking all previous Focus Series attendance records. Single tickets sales totaled 382—more than could fit in the previous venue.
“We couldn’t be more pleased by the turnout,” said Executive Director David Schillhammer. “ The Plaza has allowed us to maintain the intimacy of these concerts, while doubling our capacity. We look forward to providing live music to even more people in the community as we begin renovations to The Plaza Live Theater this spring.”
The Orlando Philharmonic purchased The Plaza Live Theatre in August 2013. Renovations slated for the spring include administrative offices, a backstage extension, and renovations to the smaller of two theaters, which will become the orchestra’s primary rehearsal space. The Plaza Live will continue to present a variety of shows during and after the renovations.