Black History Month takes center stage at the Dr. Phillips Center


ORLANDO, Florida. – Black History Month is on full display at Dr. Phillip’s Center’s new Steinmetz Hall for the next few weeks.

A number of free and paid events celebrating the cultural and musical touchstones of Black history are held at the theater.

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Find the full list of upcoming events below:

Friday February 11

Voices of Freedom and Justice: An Evening of Spoken Words

Orlando Poet Laureate Shawn Welcome and local high school-age performance poets will present a 90-minute interactive showcase following a week-long spoken word residency hosted by Welcome. Their performance will detail creative musings on topics such as justice, personal identity and social issues.

Price: To free

Time: 7 p.m.

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Saturday February 12

A Night of Love: with Ben Tankard

This master of gospel jazz will take the audience on a journey through “Shine”, his latest album which topped the charts and broke records for two years. In addition to his nine Stellar Awards, Tankard is also a Grammy-nominated artist whose talent for tickling the ivories and souls of music lovers around the world has earned him titles such as the “Quincy Jones of Gospel” and the “Father Gospel Jazz”.

Price: From $60

Time: 7 p.m.

From Tuesday 22 February to Wednesday 23 February

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

The famed African-American modern dance troupe takes to the Orlando stage, adding another spot to its impressive roster of performances in 48 states, 71 countries and six continents. The group grew out of a New York dance studio opened by Alvin Ailey in 1958 and has since left its mark on the American dance world.

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Price: To be determined

Time: To be determined

Sunday February 27

7th Annual MLK Concert: “Promised Land”, a gospel/spiritual performance

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission of Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer will present this concert, featuring the University of Central Florida, college and female choir singers, Orlando Choral Society, Garden Choir, Voci del Coure, performers from Jones and Evans High Schools, members of Tuskawilla United Methodist Church and esteemed soprano Naguanda Miller-Nobles.

Price: To free

Time: 6 p.m.

For more information and to purchase tickets for each of these events, visit Dr. Phillips Center website.

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