Don Soledad presents “Arte y Pasíon” (Art and Passion) – an evening of flamenco.
Join Don Soledad on flamenco guitar, John Olearchick on piano, Justin Steger on vibraphone and percussion, and flamenco dancer Briana Small while they take you on a journey featuring compositions from Don Soledad, Michel Camilo, Tomatito, Astor Piazzolla, Ennio Morricone, Chick Corea and Erik Satie.
Guitarist and recording artist Don Soledad has been a mainstay in the US and Florida talent pool since his move from the San Francisco Bay Area. His dedication to the art of flamenco guitar started under the tutelage of flamenco guitar maestros living in the US, as well as in Andalucia, Spain. Performance highlights include; opening for Jazz guitar legend Larry Coryell, stints at the Versace Mansion in South Beach, and performing for Gloria Estefan’s private parties as well as being the house band for 5 years at the Estefan’s resort Costa d’Este in Vero Beach.
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John Olearchick, originally from western Pennsylvania, is a pianist, collaborative musician and music educator currently based in Orlando. He earned a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Seton Hill University and a Master of Arts from the University of Central Florida.
John has performed with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, the Jacksonville Symphony, both the Space Coast Symphony and the Space Coast Symphony Jazz Orchestra, and has also accompanied many renowned vocalists, including Ann Hampton Callaway, Michael Andrew, Mario Frangoulis, George Perris, Deborah Myers, Christiane Noll, Doug LaBrecque, Tony DeSare and Montego Glover.
Between 2017-2020, John was the music director and accompanist for Broadway veteran Davis Gaines, best known for his record-breaking run as The Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway, in Los Angeles and San Francisco. In addition to John’s position as an adjunct instructor of music at Valencia Community College, he is a collaborative pianist at Rollins college and frequently performs as a freelance musician in the Central Florida area.
Justin Steger is a Florida native and UCF alumnus. Justin is also the main percussionist for Flamenco del Sol Orlando, as part of many productions since 2015. He also performs in the Central Florida area on vibraphone with his Jazz trio and annually in the field of orchestral percussion with the Florida Lakes Symphony Orchestra as well as the Bach Festival Society of Winter Park.
Briana Small, one of Central Florida’s most talented up-and-coming dancers, is one of the principal dancers for the local Orlando dance academy Flamenco del Sol. She has been dancing flamenco for 11 years and under the direction of maestra Tammy Weber Millar for 8 years. Briana is currently on rehearsals for a production under the direction by one of Madrid’s best flamenco dancers and artistic director for ‘Spain’s Got Talent’ show Carlos Rodriguez.
“Sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture, the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, and the National Endowment for the Arts.”