Cast Members Perform Benefit Concerts for Performing Arts Center

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., August 25, 2011 – Hoping to hit a high note for charity’s sake, the Encore! Cast Choir and Orchestra – a volunteer ensemble of nearly 300 talented Walt Disney World Resort cast members – performed a series of six concerts in July and August benefiting the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.  

The concerts, “An American Revival – A Concert Celebrating the Voice of America!,” were held at Premier Theater at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and featured classic pop, gospel and patriotic songs that celebrate the grand musical history of America.  

“This year’s shows [are] a tribute to the voice of America,” said Clay Price, artistic director and founder of Encore!. “[Showcasing] the sounds and emotions that have musically shaped our nation. From Americana, Gospel, Jazz, Swing, Broadway, and even “The King” himself … something for everyone to enjoy.”  

Founded in 2002, Encore!  gives Walt Disney World cast members and their families the opportunity to showcase their talents and perform great music for worthy causes. The group is comprised of a 175-person choir, 65-piece symphony orchestra and 20-person dance troupe.  

Since its inception, Encore! has donated the funds from its ticket sales to local charities, raising more than $150,000 to date. Beneficiaries are determined by group vote; Encore! selected the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts as their 2011 beneficiary.  

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