No, it’s true: Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn, whose coronation as the ”king and queen of banjo” would come courtesy of Paste magazine, met at a square dance. From there, the celebrated pickers began to collaborate, musically and otherwise, married, and became a Grammy-winning duo.
When Jimmy Webb arrived at Johnny Rivers Music in the mid-1960s, he had unrecorded songs in his pocket, including a ballad that Frank Sinatra would call the “best torch song ever written.” Rivers immediately recognized “By the Time I Get to Phoenix” as a stone cold hit. But with a song of his own, “Poor […]
From the Director ON Director Michael Blachly My thanks are extended to all of you who responded to the recent membership surveys. The input that you provided is helping us evaluate future membership benefits as well as directions in programming. You let us know what you’d like to see on stage in coming seasons. The […]
The South African Gospel group paid a visit to Godby High School on Wednesday morning, singing selections from their program, honoring Nelson Mandela’s 100th birthday.
The Soweto Gospel Choir took over the auditorium at Godby High School the morning after their evening show, performing an abridged version of Songs of the Free. In Partnership with the Florida Center for Reading Research, Opening Nights was able to create customized programs to give students deeper insight into Nelson Mandela’s story and the […]
When Mandy Harvey walked onto the stage at Opperman Music Hall, most of the elementary and middle school students clapped to welcome her. But some students raised their hands, spread their fingers and shook their hands back and forth — the American Sign Language symbol for applause.
When Mandy Harvey walked onto the stage at Opperman Music Hall, most of the elementary and middle school students clapped to welcome her. But some students raised their hands, spread their fingers and shook their hands back and forth — the American Sign Language symbol for applause. The musician, who is deaf, performed for about 50 […]
Do not ask choir master Vincent “Shimmy” Jiyane about famous folks the Soweto Gospel Choir has worked with because, well, he has the answers.
A group of Leon County students on Friday got to enjoy a talk and performance by a very inspirational performer. Mandy Harvey who is deaf, rose to fame following her performance on America’s Got Talent.
My violin is over 300 years old. Known as the Gibson ex Huberman, the revered instrument came into my life one fateful day during the summer of 2001, I was in London, getting ready to play a ‘Proms’ concert at the Royal Albert Hall and decided to stop by the famous violin shop J & […]