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Local Arts Groups Join Together for Benefit Performance

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June 22, 2016 – Orlando, FL – Local artists announce a benefit performance Beautiful Together, an artistic journey toward hope at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, June 28, in the Walt Disney Theater at Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts with all proceeds going to OneOrlando Fund. Tickets are $15, $25 and $45 and go on sale at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, June 22, 2016, and may be purchased online at drphillipscenter.org, by calling (844) 513-2014 or by visiting the Dr. Phillips Center Box Office at 445 S. Magnolia Avenue, Orlando, FL 32801 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, or 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday. Additional donations will be accepted at the event.

The impact of the shooting at Plaza Live followed by Sunday’s tragedy deeply affected the arts community. The Monday morning after the tragic weekend in Orlando, local artists met to share their grief and then to plan a way that they could use their expression to support the community, the first responders, the victims and their families. Led by Joshua Vickery of Central Florida Community Arts, Cole NeSmith of Creative City Project, Mitzi Maxwell of Mad Cow Theater, Robert Hill of Orlando Ballet and Eric Jacobsen of Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, over 50 arts groups are coming together to create a memorial event with a wide range of artistic styles.

“The LGBT community, the Latin community and our arts community have been shaken by these horrific events,” said Vickery, executive director of CFCArts. “As artists, we want to use our art to provide space for the community to express the range of emotions that lead to healing and hope.”

The evening will include a mass choir, orchestra, dance and theater pieces all performed by local arts groups. This artistic collaboration will likely be the first among many by local artists who were deeply impacted by the loss of their friends and colleagues.

During this 75-minute event, area groups will create a mass choir and orchestra including:
Bach Festival Society of Winter Park
Central Florida Sounds of Freedom
Central Florida Vocal Arts
Central Florida Community Arts
Encore! Cast Performing Arts
Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra
Garden Choir
Negro Spiritual Scholarship Foundation
New Score Chamber Orchestra
Orlando Gay Chorus
Opera Orlando
Orange Blossom Chorus
Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra
Orange County Public Schools
Osceola County Public Schools 
Performing Arts of Maitland
Theatre South Orlando
Space Coast Symphony
UCF Choir

A wide variety of Orlando arts groups have supported or participated in different ways including backstage, with creative development, pre-show performances and visual displays. These groups include:
AfroLatin Dance Project
Asian Cultural Association
Center for Contemporary Dance
Coby Project
Cornell Fine Arts Museum
Crealde School of Art
Creative City Project
Dawn Branch Works
Downtown Arts District
Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
Dr. Phillips High School Dance Department
Emotions Dance
Explore Dance Theater
Florida Theatrical Association
Garden Theatre
Holocaust Museum
The Imagination House
Mad Cow Theatre
Maitland Art & History Museums
Michael Wanzie Productions
Orange County Arts & Culture
Orange County Regional History Center
Orlando Ballet
Orlando Repertory Theatre
Orlando Shakespeare Theater
Orlando Science Center
Osceola Arts
Playwrights’ Round Table
Still – Moving Dance
Theatre South Orlando
Timucua Arts Foundation
United Arts
Valencia College Theater Department
Yow Dance
And the list continues to grow…

About the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization operating the state-of-the-art performing arts center in downtown Orlando, Florida. With its opening in November 2014, the performing arts center launched its vision of Arts for Every Life by being a gathering place for creativity and discovery; a vibrant urban destination where artists, audiences and students come to experience, explore and learn. The two-block community destination features the 2,700-seat Walt Disney Theater, 300-seat Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater, Seneff Arts Plaza, Dr. Phillips Center Florida Hospital School of the Arts, the DeVos Family Room, and other event rental spaces. Future expansion includes Steinmetz Hall, a 1,700-seat acoustical theater, along with rehearsal, classroom, office space and commercial development spaces. The Dr. Phillips Center is a public-private collaboration with the City of Orlando, Orange County, the State of Florida and generous donors. For more information please visit drphillipscenter.org.