Miller Outdoor Theatre Releases FREE May Performance Calendar

Miller Outdoor Theatre has been one of Houston’s most beloved cultural treasures since it was founded in 1923. Located in Hermann Park, it’s a popular community gathering place and plays venue to thousands of incredible performances, all of which are free! That’s over 95 years of memories; 95 years of enriching our community.

There’s nowhere quite like it in the entire United States. Miller Outdoor Theatre offers an eight month season of professional, artistically excellent, and culturally diverse entertainment, at no cost. It is the largest “always free” program in the nation. Needless to say, it attracts thousands of attendees every year, bringing high caliber performing arts events to people who might otherwise not be able to afford tickets to a play or concert.

Events at Miller Outdoor Theatre include daytime programs especially for children, and family friendly evening performances. These include classical music, jazz, ethnic music, dance performances, ballet, Sheakespeare, musical theatre, popular music artists, films, and more. Miller Outdoor Theatre is without doubt Houston’s premier entertainment venue.

Miller Outdoor Theatre, May, 2017 Event Calendar

Tuesday, May 2, Wednesday, May 3, and Thursday, May 4, 11:00 AM

HGOco and Opera to Go! present a new bilingual adaptation of Gioachino Rossini’s cherished comedy, adaptation/libretto by Kristine McIntyre. The year is 1840. Rosina travels to Texas from Spain and falls instantly in love with Almaviva, a local ranch owner. But she sneaks him a note in Spanish, and he doesn’t understand it! Figaro, opera’s most famous barber and sabe-lo-todo, plays translator in this exciting children’s opera.

CINCO DE MAYO AT MILLER with Tlen-Huicani and Villalobos Brothers
Friday, May 5 at 7:30 PM

Along with their traditional costumes and instruments, a concert with Tlen-Huicani (pronounced wee-KAH-nee) is like taking a journey through Mexico’s music, time, and place. Meaning “the singers” in their indigenous Indian language of Nahuatl, Tlen-Huicani makes the beautiful “harpa jarocha” — or folk harp — the centerpiece of their music. Since 1973, Tlen-Huicani‘s music and international achievements have earned the honor of “Best Folk Group in Mexico” by the Union of Music and Theater Critics.

Villalobos Brothers have been acclaimed as one of today’s leading Contemporary Mexican ensembles. Their original compositions and arrangements masterfully blend and celebrate the richness of Mexican folk music with the intricate harmonies of jazz and classical music. The Villalobos Brothers deliver an intoxicating brew of brilliance, cadence and virtuosity that awaken the senses and mesmerize the listener.

Presented by Miller Outdoor Theatre in partnership with the Consulate General of Mexico in Houston

Saturday, May 6 at 8:00 PM

She comes from New York; he lives in Paris. Fighting against all the odds of their geographic destiny, they found each other, and together they are known as Ginkgoa. A French/American band with a sound as diverse as their background — best described as high-octane electroswing — Ginkgoa has been the top draw at globalFEST in New York City.

Produced by Society for the Performing Arts

Friday, May 12, Saturday, May 13, Sunday, May 14, 8:00 PM

Set to Puccini’s memorable score, artistic director Stanton Welch’s Madame Butterfly chronicles this timeless love story in an arrangement by John Lanchbery. The production unfolds dramatically on Peter Farmer’s picturesque sets, which beautifully evoke the mystery and languor of 19th century Japan.

Produced by Houston Ballet

Friday, May 19 and Saturday, May 20, 8:00 PM

Captioned May 19; Audio-described May 20. Both performances will be sung in Italian with projected English translation. In one of the most beloved comic operas of all time, a love-struck young man is determined to win the affections of the village beauty. Knowing she is also being wooed by a boastful stranger, he purchases a love potion from a scheming traveling salesman that gives him the extra dose of confidence he needs to thwart a rival and win the woman of his dreams. Beautiful music abounds as the elixir creates just as many problems as it solves. Music by Gaetano Donizetti. Libretto by Felice Romani.

Produced by Houston Grand Opera

DANCIN’ IN THE STREET: Motown & More Revue
Thursday, May 25, Friday, May 26, Saturday, May 27, and Sunday, May 28, 8:15 PM

Groove down memory lane this Memorial Day Weekend with the sounds of classic Motown hits, featuring an ensemble of soul singers, funky dancers, and the Bacement Soul Orchestra! Houston’s biggest celebration of soul will knock you off your feet with nonstop classics including a Stevie Wonder tribute! Celebrate music legends with Houston’s top entertainers during the 22nd annual “Thrill on the Hill.”

For information on auditioning, visit Bacement Foundation for the Arts’s website.

Where is Miller Outdoor Theatre?

6000 Hermann Park Dr, Houston, TX 77030

Seating for daytime performances is on a “first come, first served” basis for the covered seating area. NO TICKETS ARE NECESSARY. NO RESERVATIONS CAN BE MADE. As always, open seating on the hill. The show goes on rain or shine. More information for school groups can be found here.

With the exception of Barber of Seville, all events are ticketed for the covered seating area. Free tickets are available (4 per person over age 16 while they last) at the Miller Outdoor Theatre box office the day of the performance between the hours of 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. If tickets remain at 1 p.m., the box office will re-open one hour before show time to distribute the remaining tickets. As always, open seating on the hill. The show goes on rain or shine.

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