The South Florida Symphony Orchestra is trading in its Downtown Fort Lauderdale office for new digs on Wilton Drive.
“We’re so excited. As we enter our 20th season, we’re looking forward to making Wilton Manors our home,” said Jacqueline Lorber, president and CEO of the South Florida Symphony Orchestra. The new office is located at the Zig Zag Building, 2201 Wilton Drive, in the same plaza as To The Moon.
Lorber said her organization’s current office, located near the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, is being sold. She estimated the new one will open sometime between July 15 and 21.
Lorber, who frequents Wilton Drive with her wife, Sebrina María Alfonso, the symphony’s founder, conductor, and music director, said she wanted to relocate to a community with ongoing economic redevelopment. She’s also worked with Oakland Park Main Street and the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance on economic redevelopment projects helmed by those organizations. “I’ve always wanted to be in a community that had that underway and here we are. Economic development is very much a part of my background.”
Getting the symphony in the Zig Zag Building fulfills a goal of its owner, Anthony LoGrande, to bring something unique to Wilton Drive.
LoGrande said he could have leased the space months ago to other interested businesses owners but they would have opened restaurants similar to ones already on Wilton Drive. Instead, he said he wanted to find a tenant would “elevate” the street.
“It’s a perfect fit. They have a wonderful mission to bring music to our community. It’s definitely something that’s going to benefit Wilton Manors,” LoGrande said. “We’re bringing the arts and entertainment back to the Arts and Entertainment District.”
LoGrande’s goal is also one shared by the city. Officials here are trying to bring in more restaurants, retail shops and other daytime businesses to Wilton Drive. Lorber said there will be three part-time and three-full time office workers who will add to the street’s daytime foot traffic. She also expressed an interest in participating in city events, such as the Wilton Manors Art Expo.
This season, the symphony has 50 concerts and event planned at Parker Playhouse and the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. “We’re the largest symphonic organization in South Florida,” said Lorber.
To show off its new office and announce its presence to the community, the symphony will host a party there on Thursday, May 25 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. A rendering of the office’s floor plan will be on display and refreshments will be served. Attendees must RSVP in advance. Call 954-522-8445 to RSVP.
Visit SouthFloridaSymphony.org for more information.