Davis Gaines, who’s on the board of the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, forwarded me this email from Richard Russell, who’s in charge of raising the money to get the center built.
Some of it is from the favorable press the center got during last week’s groundbreaking. And some of it is more encouraging to fans of the project — that the center’s proponents are trying now to go ahead and raise the money to build the shell of the concert hall that will complete the project. That would make us fans of classical music, dance and opera very, very happy. Here’s Richard:
We broke ground on the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts last Thursday, with 1,500 people in attendance over the course of our three-day celebration.
Here are three great links I hope you’ll find interesting – the fly-through gives an excellent sense of what the building will be like:
With construction underway on two of our three theaters and our school for the arts, we now are focused on raising $31 million so we can build the foundation and shell of the third theater – for orchestra, ballet, and opera. If we include these in this phase of construction, we will save many millions over deferring this portion of the project. The third theatre then will be finished when the Tourist Development Tax rebounds; with Orlando the most visited place in the U.S. this past year, we’re on track. Our entire remaining fundraising goal is $66 million, which will complete the project and create an operating endowment.
I invite you to be part of this transformational project. Please join us for a tour at any time. And please share our fly-through with everyone you know!