Cirque du Soleil Music Director and Orlando resident Benoit Glazer recently announced at the CREDO awards that he would be seeking help from the City of Orlando in the expansion of his Timucua White House space in Downtown South.
The White House (Website) is a home that Glazer and his wife, Elaine Corriveau, have transformed into an informal concert and performance venue to feature acts and artists from around the world. All performances are free to the public.
Glazer told Bungalower that he would like to expand the existing house with an added lobby and green room space for visiting performers. He envisions that the lobby would be a 768 SF space to display featured artwork and a gathering space for guests to “come and chill in a comfortable setting.”
Glazer’s Timucua Arts Foundation also hopes to make the White House into a residence for a revolving set of ten young musicians and artists where they could live rent free for a year. In exchange they would host the standing Sunday concert series, run their own events, and volunteer at nearby Boone High School.
The White House is currently located in a residential neighborhood, and is zoned residential. Glazer is hoping the City can work with him to change the zoning to match the surrounding community center, park, and schools nearby to make it a smaller (and cheaper) version of the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.
Glazer is also hatching a new brain child; a solar powered ship with a 150 seat auditorium, state of the art broadcast and recording studio, and beds for up to 24 performers. Glazer hopes to use the concert boat to host mini music tours of public piers on the west coast of Florida. He was kind enough to send us some early drafts of the boat project, seen below.
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