Singer-songwriter Emmylou Harris, comedian Jay Leno, novelist Colson Whitehead and tribute group ABBA The Concert will highlight the upcoming 25th Anniversary Season of Opening Nights at Florida State University.
The 2022-2023 season kicks off on August 3 with a performance of ABBA The Concert at the Ruby Diamond Concert Hall – the culmination of a ’70s summer celebration evening that encourages concert-goers to dress for the occasion (bellbottoms? you bet!) and participate in a pre-show dinner in the Suwannee Room dining room.
The season continues with a lineup of established and emerging artists across dance, music, film, theatre, opera, comedy, visual arts and spoken word.
Performances are held at a variety of locations on and off FSU campus, including Ruby Diamond Concert Hall, Opperman Music Hall, Nancy Smith Fichter Dance Theater, FSU President’s House, Dohnányi Recital Hall, and the Richard G. Fallon Theater . Opening Nights will also host performances at LeMoyne’s Chain of Parks Art Festival, the Goodwood Museum & Gardens and the Fred Turner Auditorium at Tallahassee Community College.
Cooperation partners include the FSU Colleges of Music, Fine Arts and Motion Picture Arts as well as the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra and LeMoyne’s Chain of Parks Art Festival.
“The programs selected for the 25th Anniversary season demonstrate Opening Nights’ continued commitment to presenting the very best,” said Jennifer Wright-Allen, director of Opening Nights. “We curated a season for arts enthusiasts of all ages, working with partners on and off campus to present unique cultural experiences.”
Whitehead, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Underground Railroad, performs at the Ruby Diamond Concert Hall on February 9th. He will be followed at the same venue by Harris, a 14-time Grammy Award winner, performing on March 4; and Leno, the former host of “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” performing on March 29. The program also includes a performance by Orlando-based a cappella group Voctave on January 24th.
In partnership with the FSU School of Dance, ON presents staibdance’s ‘fence’ at the Nancy Smith Fichter Dance Theater September 21-22. Other dance performances include the critically acclaimed Step Afrika! (February 7) and Momix (February 14).
The film returns to the Opening Nights schedule on September 29 with a screening of 1982 from award-winning director, writer-producer and FSU graduate Oualid Mouaness. The screening is a collaboration with FSU’s College of Motion Picture Arts.
Jazz lovers will enjoy the high energy and excitement of Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox (Oct. 2), International Guitar Night (Jan. 19), Ethiopian-American singer Meklit (Feb. 28), and the Zodiac Trio with Benny Goodman ( March 3rd) enjoy.
Family-friendly performances include Disney Princess: The Concert, starring notable Broadway artists Christy Altomare, Susan Egan, Isabelle McCalla and Syndee Winters (Nov. 4) and a production of The Panto Company’s The Jungle Book (Mar. 23). ).
Fans of the Goodwood Museum & Gardens venue will enjoy the John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band (Oct. 24) and Celtic rock group Seven Nations (Nov. 17).
An acclaimed all-female Norwegian brass band, tenThing Brass Ensemble, is hosting a holiday program on December 8th.
Grammy-winning The Manhattan Transfer celebrates its 50th anniversary and final world tour with special guests, the DIVA Jazz Orchestra, on January 12 at the Ruby Diamond Concert Hall.
February, the month in which the precursor to Opening Nights—the Seven Days of Opening Nights Festival—began, offers numerous opportunities for arts and culture experiences.
The FSU Presidential House will host a salon concert with a surprise artist at a date to be determined. The Other Mozart (February 4), an award-winning solo piece telling the forgotten story of Amadeus Mozart’s sister Nannerl, will be performed at Tallahassee Community College’s Turner Auditorium. Other events include a collaboration with the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra to present Queens of Soul with singers Morgan James and Erica Gabriel (February 11).
New York’s Gilbert & Sullivan Players present The Mikado, a comedic opera, on March 11th.
Representing the visual arts will be FSU graduate John Ensor Parker (April 13), the presenting artist of LeMoyne’s Chain of Parks Art Festival, who will speak about “art and science” and how the two are one and the same.
In partnership with FSU’s College of Music, on April 16 at 2:00 p.m. in the Ruby Diamond Concert Hall, students will perform PRISM – a compilation of musical vignettes featuring 35 individual performances and more than 500 wind, brass and percussion players.
The season concludes with the Piano Battle (April 25), in which two pianists compete with humor and accessibility for all music lovers.
Opening Nights presents two ticket presale windows for the 2022-2023 season. The fall pre-sale window includes performances from August through January, and the spring pre-sale window includes performances from February through April.
Though they’re going fast, tickets for ABBA The Concert remain on sale. Otherwise, tickets for the fall performances go on sale to the general public on Thursday 25th August. Opening Nights sponsors and members may purchase tickets prior to general public ticketing.
Visit OpeningNights.fsu.edu to order tickets and view the full season lineup.