Opening Nights is committed to fulfilling our mission to provide extraordinary experiences that educate, inspire and connect diverse audiences on and off campus. Our series of campus and community educational programs provide students and the community engaging opportunities with world-class performers through master classes, workshops, school tours, Q&As, and panels at no cost.

For more information on educational opportunities, contact Calla MacNamara at cmacnamara@fsu.edu or 850.644.2469.


Sons of Serendip

February 8, 2024


Gipsy Kings Dazzle Tallahassee on Homecoming Weekend

The homecoming performance featuring the Gipsy Kings and the Maharajah Flamenco Trio was a tremendous success! On October 20th, over 2,200 people gathered at the Adderley Amphitheater to experience the legendary flamenco/pop musicians. “I just want to say the Gipsy Kings concert Friday night was the best managed event I ever attended,” said community member […]

Della Mae Spreads Joy at Gretchen Everheart

Opening Nights In Class is thrilled to provide impactful educational experiences for students by fostering enriching collaborations like the one between GRAMMY nominated Bluegrass group Della Mae and the students of Gretchen Everhart School. In fact, the artists spent the day working with these students prior to taking the stage at Goodwood Museum and Gardens […]

The Maharajah Flamenco Trio, a Group of 3 FSU Alumni, to Open for Gipsy Kings

The Maharajah Flamenco Trio, a group of three talented alumni from Florida State University’s College of Music, are set to kick off the exciting 75th-anniversary homecoming weekend by opening for the Gypsy Kings during their performance at Adderley Amphitheater on October 20th. The Maharajah Flamenco Trio is a unique nuevo flamenco group that fuses the […]

Adele Myers and Dancers Present T.W.I.S.T.: A Florida State University Alumna’s Triumph

In the world of contemporary dance, there are artists who push boundaries, challenge conventions, and create awe-inspiring performances that leave audiences spellbound. Adele Myers, an alumna of Florida State University, is one such visionary. Her journey through the realm of dance has been nothing short of remarkable, and her latest production, T.W.I.S.T., is a testament […]

Exploring the Cosmos: Exclusive Showing of ‘Dark Universe’ at the Challenger Learning Center

In collaboration with the Challenger Learning Center, we will be hosting a special screening of the film “Dark Universe” on November 9th in preparation for Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson’s speaker event in January. “Dark Universe” is a full-dome planetarium show narrated by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. At its core, “Dark Universe” is an exploration of […]

The Lasting Impact of Arts Education – One Students Story

As part of the Opening Nights Educational Outreach Program, Lincoln High School hosted guitar students from Leon High School, Raa Middle School, and Swift Creek Middle School for an in-school performance by International Guitar Night, a professional group of four guitarists playing a variety of musical styles. The four guitarists performed to an enthusiastic audience […]

Opening Nights’ Celebrates their Volunteers

After a great season, Opening Nights was able to celebrate our incredible volunteers with our annual Volunteer Celebration. Hosted in Dodd Hall’s FSU Heritage Museum, the Opening Night’s ushers gathered for a catered dinner and social hour. They were also presented with superlatives to commemorate their hard work. “We are so grateful for our volunteers […]

Season Opener Announced: Mary Chapin Carpenter and Shawn Colvin

Opening Nights at Florida State University will present two iconic singer-songwriters with illustrious careers spanning decades to open the 2023-2024 season. Artists Mary Chapin Carpenter and Shawn Colvin will perform at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 1, 2023, in the Ruby Diamond Concert Hall. This announcement is one of two performances Opening Nights has revealed in advance […]