Over 50 Local Arts Groups Join Together For Benefit Performance at Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

Pulse Nightclub, Orlando, Florida - 15th June 2016 (Photographer: Nigel G Worrall)

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 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…

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