Opening Nights is committed to growing our mission to provide our campus and local communities with educational and entertaining experiences. Our series of campus and community educational programs provide students and the community with once-in-a-life time opportunities through master classes, workshops, school tours, Q&As, and panels with world-class performers at no cost. Each event is custom-selected to educate, illuminate and inspire.
Since the formalization of the K-12 education program in 2011, Opening Nights has provided free arts experiences to more than 7,000 K-12 students annually in Leon County and surrounding areas.
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts – Partners in Education
As part of the John F. Kennedy Center’s Partners in Education program, ON and Leon County Schools work together year-round to present free professional development workshops in arts integration for local teachers led by Kennedy Center Teaching Artists. Our partnership makes a true investment in our teachers so they can have a long-term influence on student success by using the arts a part of a everyday classroom learning.
Echoes of Nature by Dr. Nan Liu & Haiqiong Deng
North Florida – School Tour
November 13, 15 & 17
Echoes of Nature introduces traditional Chinese art and music to people from other cultures. Dr. Nan Liu is the associate art professor at Florida A&M University. Award-winning zheng master Haiqiong Deng is the director of Chinese Music Ensemble at Florida State University and has given lectures and performances throughout North America for audiences of all ages. Together, their lively presentation of traditional music, Chinese painting and calligraphy inspire and draw audiences closer to the magnificence of traditional Chinese culture. In addition, they have conducted energetic cross-cultural explorations in their own realms, including collaborating with American composers on contemporary pieces, creating new sounds inspired by world music cultures and creating art through different media. They will be performing at more than five schools throughout Tallahassee and surrounding areas.
“The arts play a critical role in stimulating creativity in our community. Opening Nights Performing Arts educational practices reach out and bring a crucial impact to our children and provide an important catalyst for learning, discovery and achievement.”
– Michael Obrecht, Director of Admissions at Maclay School
The New 76ers
Local Lessons School Tour
Oct 16, 17 & 18
The New 76ers are an acoustic folk trio from Tallahassee, Fla. A family band, by all accounts, the music and the bond run deep. While adept at crafting songs and harmonies, they believe the true beauty of what they do is to create a lasting connection with their listeners, while spreading positivity and love through their music. The trio will visit three Leon County Schools to share the rich history of Folk Music and its different genres, including Appalachian, Blues, Bluegrass and Rock-n-Roll. They will play covers and original songs along with lecturing about the history of songwriting, the idea of passing songs down from one generation to the next, and will discuss the birth of “protest songs” to help create a better cultural understanding of our past.
“The Kennedy Center’s Professional Development training programs on integrating the arts into our core curriculum is incredibly important for students that may not be motivated by traditional academics. This provides a path for students to use their talents and develop interest in the arts while actually mastering academic standards.”
– Shane A. Syfrett, Director of Professional Learning at Leon County Schools
High School Performance | Spring 2018
Austrian brass septet Mnozil Brass will give a performance for students at a local high school. The founding members of the ensemble are graduates of the renowned Vienna College of Music. Their formal training, combined with their Viennese style of humor, will make for an insightful and educational performance that students will remember for years to come.
For more information on educational opportunities, contact email@example.com or 850.644.2469.