Orlando Philharmonic, Orlando Ballet, Dr. Phillips Center Ring in the Holidays with "The Nutcracker"

(Orlando, FL - Nov 23, 2015) The Orlando Philharmonic announced today that thanks to generous sponsorship from Dr. Phillips Charities and Ford Kiene Family, the orchestra will move forward in providing live music for Orlando Ballet's six performances of The Nutcracker at Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts next month.

"We are very proud to continue our partnership with the Ballet," said Executive Director David Schillhammer. "The Nutcracker has become a beloved holiday tradition in this community, and we look forward to elevating these performances with live music. We thank Dr. Phillips Charities for making the partnership possible, and we hope everyone will join our arts family to share the joy of this tradition."

Filled with thrills and merriment, Orlando Ballet's annual production of The Nutcracker is a Central Florida holiday tradition. This December, the Walt Disney Theater at Dr. Phillips Center will be filled with the sounds of a 57-piece orchestra, provided by the Orlando Philharmonic, and led by Dr. John V. Sinclair, artistic director and conductor of the Bach Festival Society of Winter Park.

"All three organizations—the Ballet, the Philharmonic and Bach Festival Society—are excited to spend the holiday season together," said the ballet's Artistic Director Robert Hill. "Live music makes all the difference in bringing this production to life."

This marks the fourth year in a row that the orchestra and ballet have performed The Nutcracker together. This is the ballet's second production of the 15-16 season to feature live music. The ballet launched its season with an October production of Giselle, also accompanied by the Philharmonic.

The Nutcracker will be performed December 17-20 at Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets start at $41.50, available at drphillipscenter.org. Show times are as follows:

  • Thursday, December 17 at 8 p.m.
  • Friday, December 18 at 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 19 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 20 at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

The Saturday, December 19, 2 p.m., performance and the Sunday, December 20, 1 p.m., performance will include pre-performance activities for the entire family. Audiences are encouraged to arrive 1 hour early for arts & crafts, face painting, storytelling and a chance to meet some of the characters from The Nutcracker.

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Now celebrating its 23rd season, and inaugural season with Music Director Eric Jacobsen, the Orlando Philharmonic is Central Florida's professional orchestra, comprised of accomplished musicians recruited from around the world. The Philharmonic inspires and educates residents and visitors alike with over 125 performances each year, and manages The Plaza Live on Bumby Avenue—a venue it is renovating to create a new, permanent home for the orchestra, and a variety of other live music. More information is available at OrlandoPhil.org.

Established in 1974, and under the Artistic Direction of Robert Hill, Orlando Ballet is the professional resident ballet company in the greater Orlando area. The Orlando-based organization employs a full-time company of national and international dancers from Brazil, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Portugal, Puerto Rico, as well as the United States, performing both full-length classical ballets and contemporary repertoire programs. Via its mission, Orlando Ballet seeks to entertain, educate, and enrich the cultural growth of Florida through the highest quality of dance. For more information on Orlando Ballet visit www.orlandoballet.org

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 Arts, the DeVos Family Room, and other event rental spaces. Future expansion includes Steinmetz Hall, a 1,700-seat acoustical theater, along with rehearsal rooms, 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.

The Dr. Phillips name has been a major economic and philanthropic presence in the Central Florida community since the turn of the 20th century. Dr. Phillips Charities (Dr. Phillips, Inc. and The Dr. P. Phillips Foundation) uses the earnings from its investment and real estate income to give financial assistance to hundreds of charities serving primarily in Orange and Osceola counties. Dr. Phillips has contributed more than $160,000,000 in grants and pledges to Central Florida. www.DrPhillips.org

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