When you think about music venues in and around Orlando, there’s no shortage. But how many of those venues offer the most intimate performances of a wide variety of music? Very few. At the top of that list: the Timucua Arts Foundation concert space known as the Timucua White House. This unique venue, built within a private home, offers a music and art experience unlike any other in Central Florida. Music lovers who have already discovered this gem attend on a regular basis. Those yet to discover it are in for a sensory delight.
A visit to Timucua brings you into the home of Benoit Glazer, the former music director for Cirque du Soleil’s La Nouba in Orlando, and his family. The performance room is a three-story auditorium designed by Glazer to provide the most intimate, acoustically excellent concert experience possible. The stage provides ample room for musical acts large and small. Many events also feature an artist painting “live” at an easel on stage alongside the musicians. The concert schedule includes shows every Sunday night and some on Thursday nights. Each performance is live-streamed and recorded to document each performance. One recent performance featured Gypsy Elise and the Royal Blues, a Grammy-nominated band with rich blues melodies and powerful vocals, New Orleans-style jazz and slow ballads. Past events have included everything from classical quintets to theatrical plays. Upcoming events include pianists, a saxophonist, and a guitar-fronted quartet.
The Timucua Arts Foundation has been hosting these “living room” concert events since September 2000, and in their current location since August 2007. It has grown to more than 70 events per year, the majority of them having no admission fees. Founded and led by Glazer and supported by a talented team of board members and volunteers, this is the only place to experience this type of venue in Central Florida. The passion Glazer has put into this project has made all the difference. It’s one thing to provide a great venue. It’s quite another to continuously bring into that venue the variety and high quality of performances that Timucua does every week.
The Timucua Foundation/Timucua White House, 2000 S. Summerlin Ave., Orlando; http://www.timucua.com.