Friday, April 27, 2018 • 7:00pm
Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio + Kurt Elling:
Miami Downtown Jazz Festival
Presented by WDNA 88.9FM Public Radio, the 2018 Miami Downtown Jazz Festival features NEA Jazz Master Dr. Lonnie Smith and GRAMMY© Award winning vocalist Kurt Elling.
Dr. Lonnie Smith is a master Hammond B-3 jazz organist and composer who, in a career spanning more than 50 years, has been featured on more than 70 jazz, blues, and rhythm-and-blues recordings. He is considered one of the premier purveyors of funk/soul jazz. He’ll be accompanied by Jonathan Kreisberg on guitar and Xavier Breaker on drums.
GRAMMY® winner Kurt Elling is among the world's foremost jazz vocalists. His rich baritone spans four octaves and features both astonishing technical mastery and emotional depth. His repertoire includes original compositions and modern interpretations of standards, all of which are springboards for inspired improvisation, scatting, spoken word, and poetry. He’ll be accompanied by Stu Mindeman on piano, Clark Sommers on bass, Jeff “Tain” Watts on drums, and John McLean on guitar.
The evening includes the winner of the Festival’s Jazz Piano Competition open to Miami-Dade, Broward, Monroe, and Palm Beach County musicians ages 11-25.
Tuesday, May 08 • 7:00pm
The MOTH – Miami StorySLAM
Join us on the second Tuesday of every month!
Tickets are $10 and available one week in advance. Doors open at 6pm – StorySLAM begins at 7pm. Cocktails available at the bar. Guided tour of the historic Olympia Theater during intermission.
Want to participate in a StorySLAM? Sign up to tell a story, volunteer to be on a judging team or just sit back and listen.
Wednesday, May 09 • 6:30pm
In the Lobby Lounge . . . JAZZ!
JOIN US ON THE SECOND WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH . . .
for 'In the Lobby Lounge . . . JAZZ!'
On April 11, join us in the Lobby Lounge for JAZZ! Come out to meet your Downtown neighbors, have a drink and experience the Olympia like never before.
Doors open at 6:00 pm and music starts at 6:30 pm. Cocktails available at the bar. Guided tour of the historic Olympia Theater during intermission.
This is a FREE event, open to the public.
Saturday, May 12, 2018 • 8:00pm
Layali al-Andalus - National Arab Orchestra
An enchanting evening of Arab Classical music with the National Arab Orchestra and special guests.
Layali al-Andalus, or “Andalusian Nights” is our season-launch celebration. In a nod to al-Andalus and Moorish Spain, the National Arab Orchestra will be joined by esteemed Flamenco guitarist Jose Luis de la Paz and guest singers Marian Layousse, Usama Baalbaki, Alfonso Cid and Susana Behar. Dedicated to performing and preserving the classical and contemporary traditions of Arab music, this 24-member ensemble features violins and cellos alongside traditional instruments such as oud, qanun (zither), nay (reed flute) and a percussion section including riqq (Arab tambourine).
This concert is presented by MDC Live Arts
Wednesday, May 16 • 6:30pm
In the Lobby Lounge ETC!
JOIN US ON THE THIRD WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH
for 'In the Lobby Lounge . . . ETC!'
When you've tried everything else, it's time for what's left – a little bit of burlesque, vaudeville, improv and whatever else comes into our minds. Join the Front Yard Theatre Collective in exploring the possibilities! Watch out – you might just become part of the show.
Doors will open at 6pm and the action starts at 6:30pm. Cocktails available at the cash bar. Drink specials. Attendees are invited to enjoy a guided tour of the historic Olympia Theater during intermission.
This is a FREE event, open to the public.
Saturday, May 26 • 7:00pm
Don Quixote: National Ballet of Ukraine
Celebrating its 150th Anniversary on a tour of the U.S., National Ballet of Ukraine proudly presents a dynamic peformance of Don Quixote.
The National Ballet of Ukraine presents the famously jovial “Don Quixote” starring a special guest - Teatro alla Scala soloist Leonid Sarafanov on stage at the Olympia Theater. An outstanding classical ballet piece is known for dazzling choreography, unsurpassed sets, and vivid costumes. One of the most loved productions produced by Ntional Ballet of Ukraine in the 20th Century, combines classical Russian ballet techniques and contemporary interpretation so that the perfromers appear to soar over the stage.
Composed by Ludwig Minkus and originally choreographed by Marius Petipa, this ballet recreates a charming vision of seventeenth century Spain as imagined in the original novel by Miguel de Cervantes. Choreographer Viktor Lytvynov who had chosen the Bolshoi’s original staging as a benchmark, has elaborated this current version of the famous piece, presented by the National Ballet.
Sunday, May 27 • 7:00pm
Sleeping Beauty: National Ballet of Ukraine
Celebrating its 150th Anniversary on tour in the U.S., National Ballet of Ukraine proudly announces one of its majestic spectacles -"Sleeping Beauty".
The singular piece is a renowned world classic adapted by the Ukrainian troupe in a unique style combining classic techniques with original dancing methods including the signature lightness and grace of movement leaving he impression dancers floating the floor "en pointe". The production of "Sleeping Beauty" features elaborate choreography to Tchaikovsky’s glorious score, and is complemented with vivid costumes, elaborate scenery, and a cast of fabulous characters.
Staged in 1938 for the first time at The National Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre the current version was updated in 1990 by choreographer Viktor Lytvynov. It is one of the most elegant productions presented by The National Ballet of Ukraine, featuring 42 artists on stage.
Saturday, June 02 • 8:00pm
NEA Jazz Master Eddie Palmieri is a bandleader, arranger and composer of salsa and Latin jazz. He is celebrating his 80th birthday by performing a select series of concerts with his Latin Jazz Septet, including this one at The Olympia Theater.
Palmieri’s piano playing skillfully fuses the rhythm of his Puerto Rican heritage with the complexity of his jazz influences: Thelonious Monk, Herbie Hancock, McCoy Tyner as well as his older brother, Charlie Palmieri. Born in Spanish Harlem to Puerto Rican parents and raised in the Bronx, Palmieri learned to play the piano at an early age, and at 13, he joined his uncle’s orchestra, playing timbales.
He played piano with popular New York bands during the 1950s before forming his own band La Perfecta in 1960. Since then he has recorded landmark albums, toured the world and been awarded countless honors – ten Grammys, Latin Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, and the coveted Jazz Master award by the National Endowment or the Arts.
This concert is presented by The Rhythm Foundation and The Olympia Theater.
Saturday, September 15 • 7:30pm
Deva Premal & Miten with Manose:
SOUL OF MANTRA - LIVE!
Deva Premal & Miten with Manose invite you to experience the power of mantra when they bring their SOUL OF MANTRA-LIVE! Tour to the Olympia Theater.
The trio has traveled the world for 12 years, uplifting thousands with Deva’s soulful renditions of ancient Sanskrit chants, Miten’s inspirational songs and Manose’s sacred flute. Their concerts have a reputation for being life-transformative. The voices, the music, and the communal chanting invoke a shamanic meeting of body, mind and spirit.
The SOUL OF MANTRA - LIVE! tour is augmented by Canadian Joby Baker on bass, vocals and keyboards and Danish percussionist, Rishi. Together, this gifted ensemble serves as a musical bridge between the noisy world and meditation. With a large, faithful and constantly expanding audience – from New York to Moscow, from Paris and London to Buenos Aires and L.A, Deva Premal & Miten show us, year after year, that in the communal spirit of music, song and mantras, humanity is truly able to unite.
This Concert is presented by Stop, Breathe and Smile
Saturday, October 27 • 9:00pm
RuPaul's Drag Race: WERK THE WORLD
RuPaul's Drag Race: WERK THE WORLD TOUR comes to the Olympia Stage!
Your favorite drag stars return with a fierce new show for 2018 in The Official RuPaul’s Drag Race World Tour! Hosted by Bob The Drag Queen with sickening performances by the queens from Season 10 along with fan favorites Kim Chi, Valentina, Shangela and Violet Chachki!
Upgrade with a little Ki Ki: Meet & Greet
Enjoy a private meet and mingle with queens before the show! Includes a customized VIP laminate with lanyard and a seat in the first few rows of the theater. Guests must arrive by 7PM.
This show is presented by: Voss Events and Olympia Theater