yMusic: Composing with FSU students from the College of Music

On Monday, April 15, six outstanding instrumentalists collectively known as yMusic performed the world premieres of six compositions by FSU graduate students. The concert was the result of a six-month collaboration involving three separate visits to FSU by yMusic, who have recently toured with Paul Simon and appeared with him on Saturday Night Live. The ensemble visited FSU for the […]

Matt Haimovitz

Cellist Matt Haimovitz hosted a master class with FSU College of Music cello students. Following the class, students watched Haimovitz perform one of his acclaimed “pop-up” concerts at the William Johnston Building. The world-renowned cellist also performed two other pop-up shows during his trip to Tallahassee at the Florida Historic Capitol Museum and Happy Motoring. […]

March 2019

From the Director ON Director Michael Blachly It’s a pleasure being able to share additional educational outreach activities under the auspices of Opening Nights at Florida State University. During the 2018-19 Season we plan to host 35 events that include artists in schools from kindergarten through 12th grade in Leon, Wakulla, Gadsden, Jefferson and Bay […]


Makana is not only a passionate performer but a committed educator, activist, and advocate. He is dedicated to making the world a better place for both current and future generations. During his four-day stay in Tallahassee, Makana visited five elementary schools in Leon, Gadsden, Wakulla and Jefferson Counties, teaching more than 1,000 students about Hawaiian […]

Cashore Marionettes: Playing with Puppets

A mix of local artists and puppeteers, STEM and stagecraft students from TCC, and FSU art majors participated in an exclusive workshop with award-winning puppeteer, Joseph Cashore, as part of Opening Nights in Class programming.  Mr. Cashore led the hands-on workshop, sponsored by Tallahassee Community College, through the process of bringing a marionette to life. […]

February 2019

From the Director ON Director Michael Blachly With continued thanks to those who completed the member survey that was distributed in December, we are still gleaning good information from your input. “Headline Artists and Attractions” were listed as highly desirable program options for Opening Nights to present. We’re striving to have a good number of […]