The COVID-19 Era has presented all of us with countless challenges, and the world of the performing arts is no different. The safety of artists and audiences, as well as the logistical obstacles brought on by the need for social distancing have made producing a season and managing travel and crews difficult. Nonetheless, Opening Nights […]
Opening Nights at Florida State University’s release of its new season feels a little like a “Save the Date” card. Well, not exactly. Because there aren’t any dates. The performing arts presenter — which brings top musicians, comedians, dance and theater companies, writers and other artists to Tallahassee — announced its 2020-2021 slate of performers […]
When feeling somber or when confronted by events that may be hard to process or interpret, Michael Blachly reverts to what he calls his comfort music: songs that were meaningful to him when he was evolving into the person he would become. On Memorial Day, Blachly was grilling and exchanged messages with a best friend […]
Opening Nights at Florida State University has selected Christopher Small, principal at Augusta Raa Middle School, as its 2020 Arts Advocate Award recipient.
George Hinchliffe’s father, a self-employed trucker who owned his own rig, was owed money by a customer whose business was struggling. The customer, as a way of trying to settle up, “suggested that my dad visit his warehouse and load his truck with anything of value he might find there,” Hinchliffe said. “He did and […]
The artistry is in full tilt this month for Opening Nights at Florida State University. First up this week is the all-male Les Ballets Trockadero De Monte Carlo, known as The Trocks. The group performed in Tallahassee for Opening Nights in 2015 with a program that lovingly skewered and mercilessly lampooned classical ballet.
Opening Nights presents Emmy and Tony award-winning actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth performing songs from her album “The Art of Elegance,” a collection of American Songbook classics, Broadway and well-known standards, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Ruby Diamond Concert Hall.
As its ballet master, Raffaele Morra watches performances of Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo surrounded by audience members and immersed in their laughter and applause. For 16 years, he was a dancer with the company, absorbed by his roles when the lights came up. These days, seated out front, Morra said, “I am reminded […]
As part of Opening Nights at Florida State University, Sister Hazel will be bringing its energetic show featuring new music and chart-topping hits to Ruby Diamond Concert Hall Tuesday, Nov. 19. Hailing from Gainesville, Sister Hazel’s has been called “one of the Top 100 Most Influential Independent Performers of the last 15 years” by Performing […]
Cellist, singer, songwriter, storyteller, Shana Tucker is a woman of many talents. In fact, she’s had to invent new words to encompass it all. She recently visited with students at Pineview Elementary School and offered a “SongStories” “informance” highlighting her self-described musical genre “ChamberSoul.”