Orlando Philharmonic Begins Plaza Live Renovations

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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.


Music education is crucial to developing creative, and  imaginative thinkers. As we begin renovations to The Plaza Live Theatre in January, we look forward to expanding our outreach. This video…

Orlando Sentinel: Musicians face physical demands, as Philharmonic violinist knows

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By Matthew J. Palm
Orlando Sentinel Staff Writer
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December 14, 2014 8 :45 PM

When the principal violinist of the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra was injured in a car accident in September, she didn’t expect her music to be silenced.

But lingering pain kept Rimma Bergeron-Langlois from playing. She returns to the Phil for the first time since the crash to headline Monday’s concert, “Rimma plays ‘The Four Seasons,'” performing as soloist.

“I am glad to be playing,” said the Longwood resident. “It’s great to be back in my place again, where I belong.”

Bergeron-Langlois’s absence illustrates the physical demands on a musician’s body. Like athletes, musicians consistently use certain muscles. And as with athletes, a quality performance depends on peak physical condition.

“The body works as a whole,” said Timothy Jameson, a chiropractor who runs the website “Musicians have to be in good shape to do what they do.”

Bergeron-Langlois, 34, attends physical therapy three times per week. She said her recovery is helped because of her longtime routine of stretching before violin practice.

Stretching is key, said Jameson, who is based in Castro Valley, Calif. But musicians also have to watch their nutrition, stress levels, even sleep.

“That’s an important one,” Jameson said. “Sleeping is when most of the body’s healing takes place.”