Formation of the Dr. Phillips Center Jazz Orchestra and
new, year-long educational initiatives
ORLANDO, Fla. (January 30, 2017) – The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts is establishing its place within the global jazz community with the announcement of the formation of the Dr. Phillips Center Jazz Orchestra and new, year-long educational initiatives.
“Dr. Phillips Center continues to shape Central Florida’s culture and economy. Our vision of Arts For Every Life means impacting our community through world-class experiences and education. Dr. Phillips Center is dedicated to being a creative gathering place where people love to experience, explore, learn, work and be an authentic part of the arts,” said Kathy Ramsberger, president & CEO of the Dr. Phillips Center.
“The combination of the full spectrum of jazz offerings from early childhood to high school through professional performances with the formation of the Dr. Phillips Center Jazz Orchestra confirms our commitment to jazz for the global arts community,” Ramsberger continued.
A core component to the jazz program is the formation of the Dr. Phillips Center Jazz Orchestra with national open call auditions to be held February 27 and 28, 2017. For more information on the Dr. Phillips Center Jazz Orchestra auditions, visitwww.drphillipscenter.org/jazz-orchestra.
Internationally-renowned bassist and Mack Avenue recording artist Rodney Whitaker is a proven and committed jazz educator, has presented numerous master classes across the nation and is a member of Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. Whitaker is very involved with Dr. Phillips Center in building the jazz program. Since 2013, he has led three-day jazz residencies providing free master classes at local schools and led a summer program with a team of renowned jazz professors for a week-long jazz camp. Whitaker will also serve as artistic director for the Dr. Phillips Center Jazz Orchestra.
“We are excited to create a professional, anchor orchestra that will influence the performance of jazz now and for generations to come. We have an exceptional caliber of talented jazz artists living and working in Central Florida, many of whom perform nationally. We look forward to seeing the great talent from Central Florida and around the country that will build this orchestra,” said Whitaker.
Based on the deep roots and importance of the history of jazz, the formation of Dr. Phillips Center Jazz Orchestra showcases the arts center’s commitment to create and sustain its own professional jazz orchestra. This is