Dear Evan Hansen delivers poignant message in today’s high-tech world

The current Broadway play at the Dr. Phillips Center is a haunting reminder of the loneliness that most children experience as they grow from childhood and transition into being an adult. There is so much to unpack in this story and this writer will not spoil it for you. Before entering the Disney Theater, I knew nothing of the play. […]

Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra to change executive directors

The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra and Christopher Barton are parting ways. Barton served as executive director of the Philharmonic since August of 2016 and resigned late this March. The search for a new executive director will begin within the next couple of months, according to Cristina Venturini, the associate director of marketing and communications for the Philharmonic. Venturini also said that […]

UCF arts takes over Dr. Phillips Center

UCF is headed downtown in April ahead of the highly anticipated opening of its downtown campus this fall. The 5th annual UCF Celebrates the Arts is returning for 10 days of performances and exhibits from April 5 through April 14. The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts has hosted the musicians and performers of UCF since it opened in […]

Spring time opens up new performing arts season

Last month’s column recounted how the Orlando Opera’s Opera Guild was able to bring back a true opera company to our city. Opera Orlando has been able to produce high-caliber performances to sold-out audiences in the Dr. Phillips Center’s Pugh Theater for several years now. Their fourth gala, the “Bel Canto Ball” on April 18, will bring to Orlando the […]

Review: Fiddler on the Roof

Watching the most recent musical at the Dr. Phillips Center, “Fiddler on the Roof,” was a very conflicting experience. On one hand, it was an exceptional performance with a stellar cast, but on a deeper level it was haunting because of its connections to historical events in Russia and the Ukraine. Good art, by its very nature, should make one […]

The women behind the arts

Because March is International Women’s Month, it is appropriate to celebrate the women of Orlando who have worked so diligently to enrich the many arts offered here. Some are unsung heroes and others are flamboyant divas, but no matter how they have helped, without them Orlando would never have the rich culture that inspires so many. Harriett Lake, a Tribute […]

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Poetry Corner

Amy Watkins’ poems conjure the fears and joys of childhood and adolescence like it all happened yesterday, and of adulthood stripped clean of the social masks we often wear in the world. This wonderful Orlando poet’s work is well worth exploring. Selected by Susan Lilley. “One of the first homework assignments I failed was…” The lesson was physics I asked […]

Bravo Bailamos!

“Bailamos” is the Spanish word for “Let’s Dance,” and dance they did! The Orlando Ballet’s Companies brought forth a diverse program with a Latin flavor. Artistic director Robert Hill and local TV anchor Ybeth Bruzual provided an interesting commentary that helped even the novice ballet patron understand the local professional ballet company’s vision. There were contemporary and classical pieces woven […]

Orlando Ballet welcomes Puerto Ricans to free Latin-inspired show

Orlando Ballet’s upcoming production, “Bailamos!,” is celebrating the premiere of its Latin-inspired show by inviting Puerto Ricans displaced by Hurricane Maria. Orlando Ballet is partnering with the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce to offer 1,000 free tickets to its Feb. 16 show, according to a press release from Orlando Ballet. The purpose is to […]

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