Opening Nights

Seven Days of Opening Nights is a performing arts series with a festival that takes place each February, spotlighting Florida State University's commitment to the arts — music, theatre, dance, visual art, film and creative writing. Now widely embraced as a high point on Tallahassee's cultural calendar, the festival began in 1999, thanks to FSU President Sandy D’Alemberte, and was an immediate success with both the university and the Tallahassee community.

In the 2013-14 Season, Seven Days of Opening Nights will present works across ten different venues. On Florida State University’s campus, performances will occur in Ruby Diamond Concert Hall, the Nancy Smith Fichter Dance Theatre, Opperman Music Hall, the Museum of Fine Art, the Alumni Center Ballroom, and the Fallon Theatre. Seven Days will also present off campus at Tallahassee Community College’s Turner Auditorium, the Tallahassee Museum, Pebble Hill Plantation, and Goodwood Museum and Gardens.

Seven Days of Opening Nights opens our season in the fall of 2013 with Pulitzer prize winning author and Florida State University alumnus Adam Johnson (The Orphan Master’s Son), country music superstar Clint Black, and 2013 Doris Duke performing Artist Award-winner Tere O’Connor. We move into the New Year with one of the greatest violinists of our time, Itzhak Perlman, performing the Beethoven Violin Concerto with the University Symphony Orchestra conducted by Maestro Alexander Jiménez. Multiple GRAMMY® Award-winner Esperanza Spalding makes her Tallahassee debut with the Spring Quartet, performing with pianist Leo Genovese and jazz legends Joe Lovano and Jack DeJohnette. Also making his Tallahassee debut is comedian, actor, and author Lewis Black. Black’s shows sell out from coast to coast … a performance you will not want to miss.

Artists who perform as a part of the Seven Days of Opening Nights series not only entertain audiences; they educate students and the community at large. This season artists such as Tere O’Connor Dance, violinist Nicola Benedetti, 2013 Doris Duke performing Artist Award-winning dancer and choreographer Jawole Willa Jo Zollar and Urban Bush Women, jazz vocal ensemble New York Voices, and new music ensemble eighth blackbird will participate in our extended residency program. This program lengthens the duration of the artists’ stay beyond one day and delivers educational immersion at Florida State and throughout Tallahassee. Other educational initiatives this year include Entrepreneurship in the Arts by eighth blackbird, My Coal Journey by Kathy Mattea, Inside the Actor’s Studio Roundtable by L.A. Theatre Works, and multiple performances for our K-12 students in Leon County.

"Seven Days of Opening Nights is much more than a string of great performances," explains Sally McRorie, Vice President for Faculty Development and Advancement at Florida State. "It engages our students, faculty, community, and beyond with quality arts and artists. That culture of achievement is what a truly great university provides." Seven Days is honored to present world-class artists on campus and throughout our state’s capital that not only entertain, but also educate audiences and students of all ages.