Dr. Phillips Center to Welcome Voices of Freedom & Justice, 7th Annual MLK Concert, America’s Wonders 3D, Ishay Ribo and Jen Fulwiler During 2021/2022 Season

Dr. Phillips Center to Welcome Voices of Freedom & Justice, 7th Annual MLK Concert, America’s Wonders 3D, Ishay Ribo and Jen Fulwiler During 2021/2022 Season.

-Five new shows are on sale now for all three theaters at the Dr. Phillips Center-


ORLANDO, Fla. (January 12, 2022) – The Dr. Phillips Center announces new shows and events for 2021/2022 season, including Voices of Freedom & Justice featuring Orlando’s Poet Laureate Shawn Welcome, the 7th Annual MLK Concert, America’s Wonders 3D, Israeli singer-songwriter Ishay Ribo and standup comic Jen Fulwiler.


Tickets will go on sale Friday, January 14, 2022 at 10 a.m. ET. Guests can purchase tickets for the following shows by visiting www.DrPhillipsCenter.org: 


  • Voices of Freedom & Justice: An Evening of Spoken Word Poetry – Friday, February 11, 2022 | Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater
  • 7th Annual MLK Concert: “Promised Land”, A Gospel/Spiritual Spectacular – Sunday, February 27, 2022 | Steinmetz Hall 
  • America’s Wonders 3D – Friday, March 18, 2022 | Walt Disney Theater
  • Ishay Ribo – Monday, April 28, 2022 | Walt Disney Theater
  • Jen Fulwiler: Minivan Fabulous – Thursday, April 28, 2022 | Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater


Show descriptions are available below:


Dr. Phillips Center Presents Voices of Freedom & Justice: An Evening of Spoken Word Poetry with Shawn Welcome, City of Orlando Poet Laureate 

Date: Friday, February 11, 2022

Time: 7 p.m.

About Voices of Freedom & Justice

From the cultural expression of Langston Hughes to the Beat Poets of the 1950s to modern rap and hip-hop music, performance poetry follows the trend of rhythmic engagement with listeners. As the name suggests, performance poems are meant to be spoken aloud with expression and movement that reflect their meaning. Beneath the tourism and theme park industries magnetized by year-round great weather in Central Florida lies a hyper talented, yet seldom seen in traditional spaces, cohort of performance poets. These wordsmiths, also referred to as spoken word artists, will join Orlando’s Poet Laureate, Shawn Welcome, and emerging local high school talents for a rarely seen and heard 90-minute interactive showcase that will solidify anyone’s definition of spoken word poetry.


The experience will conclude a weeklong spoken word residency by Shawn Welcome, who will have facilitated performance poetry workshops for high school and college students across Central Florida, providing a free writing space, introducing the intricacies of performance, spoken word technique and presentation. The concluding show on February 11th will amplify creative voices as it relates to justice, self-identity and other social issues worthy of an artistic response. 


Orlando Mayor’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission Presents the 7th Annual MLK Concert: “Promised Land”, A Gospel/Spiritual Spectacular 

Date: Sunday, February 27, 2022

Time: 6 p.m.

About the 7th Annual MLK Concert

The 7th Annual Concert, presented by the Orlando Mayor’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission is produced and directed by Grammy Award-winner Dr. Jeffery Redding with Dr. Kelly Miller and Dr. Terrance Lane. 


The concert will feature UCF Gospel Singers, UCF University Singers, UCF Women’s Choir, Orlando Choral Society, Garden Choir, Voci del Coure, Jones High School, Evans High School, Tuskawilla United Methodist Church, Naguanda Miller-Nobeles Soprano and more. 


Dr. Phillips Center Presents America’s Wonders 3D

Date: Friday, March 18, 2022

Time: 8 p.m.

About America’s Wonders

America’s Wonders is a unique cinematic and musical celebration of our nation’s national parks and exciting cities. For the first time, audiences will have the opportunity to see striking 3D images while an orchestra takes them on a journey through America’s most breathtaking national parks and cities. 


During the first half of the program, concert-goers will witness the wonder of watching the sunrise over the Grand Canyon, gazing up at the canopies of the Redwood Forests and flying over the Appalachian Mountains. The second half features a 3D video segment exploring our nation’s vibrant cities, as concert-goers walk through New York’s Times Square, experience the thrill and lights of Las Vegas and even stroll across the Golden Gate Bridge. 


With spectacular 3D throughout the cinematic journey–visiting 26 national parks–concert-goers will hear both popular and original compositions from our nation’s most talented composers. As they navigate through our nation’s greatest cities they will hear familiar sounds that align with the city in which they are exploring, including “I’ve seen the lights go out on Broadway,” “New York, New York,” “My Kind of Town,” “Conga,” “Viva Las Vegas,” “Crazy Town,” “I Left My Heart in San Francisco,” “Deep in the Heart of Texas,” “Carolina on My Mind,” “City of Stars,” “Seattle” and “City of New Orleans.” Concert-goers will navigate through our nation’s most revered national parks accompanied by both popular and original music. Orchestral selections from “Grand Canyon Suite” to “Shenandoah” and on to original compositions perfectly aligned to the action in the film.


Chabad of Orlando Presents Ishay Ribo

Date: Monday, April 18, 2022

Time: 8:30 p.m.

About Ishay Ribo

Ishay Ribo is without a doubt the most exciting musical phenomenon today. He has scored hits in a number of charts, won the title “Singer of the Year” and “Album of the Year” and has achieved platinum status with his albums. His songs are magical, returning to the simplicity of the melodies and sensitive lyrics, achieving huge audiences across sectors and ages. 


Ribo, whose big break came in 2014, is one of Israel’s biggest active musicians and regarded as one of Israel’s most creative and prevalent performers, he has become one of the most successful Jewish musicians in the world, having released four studio albums, two of which have been certified gold and one of which went platinum.


His unique tone of voice and exciting live shows, alongside an ever-growing list of radio hits, has made Ishay one of today’s most loved musicians in his home country, and his fanbase growing with an ever-increasing number of shows abroad. With mega hits such as “Halev Shely,” “Sibat Hasibot,” “Tocho Ratzoof Ahava,” “Miksha Achat” and many others that are hard to be missed on airplay.


Dr. Phillips Center Jen Fulwiler: Minivan Fabulous

Date: Thursday, April 28, 2022

Time: 7:30 p.m.

About Jen Fulwiler

Jen Fulwiler is a standup comic, bestselling author and mom of six. She was the host of a daily talk radio show on the national SiriusXM network, and when she launched her own podcast, This Is Jen, it debuted in the iTunes Comedy Top 10. She has been featured on the Today Show and CNN, and her viral social media sketches have racked up millions of views. Her standup comedy special, The Naughty Corner, is out now on Amazon.




About Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts is a private, not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization operating the state-of-the-art performing arts center in downtown Orlando. Located on the north side of the 698,312-square-foot facility across from Orlando City Hall, the newSteinmetz Hall and Judson’s will soon be joined by the 2,711-seat Walt Disney Theater, an amplified theater and the art center’s largest performance space used for traveling Broadway shows, concerts and events; the 300-seat Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater, an intimate, community theater ideal for plays, music and education; the 3-acre front lawn, includingSeneff Arts Plaza, that served as a safe space for the community to gather during the pandemic thanks to the innovative outdoor Frontyard Festival™, supported by AdventHealth; as well as the AdventHealth School of Arts, and DeVos Family Room, a popular space for large events, including weddings, conferences and corporate meetings. Dr. Phillips Center collaborates with the City of Orlando, Orange County, the City of Winter Park, the State of Florida and generous donors.

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