FSU Opening Nights Reveal 2022-23 Artist Season

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Here is the lineup of artists for the 2022-2023 Opening Nights season at Search Assets Florida State University.

August 3

Become a “Dancing Queen” at ABBA The Concert: A Tribute to ABBA. 7:30 p.m. at the Ruby Diamond Concert Hall. Tickets are $30 and $45

From Mark Hinson: A look back at 25 years of Opening Nights

September

September 21 and 22: See what it was like growing up in Iran’s political powder keg when the staibdance company performed “fencing.” 7:30 p.m. at the Nancy Smith Fishter Dance Theater. Tickets are $25.

September 29: Follow a schoolboy on the day Beirut is invaded in the film “1982” by Oualid Mouaness. 7:30 p.m. at the Ruby Diamond Concert Hall. Tickets are $20.

Scott Bradlee's Post Modern Jukebox taps for opening nights October 2, 2022.

October

October 2: Contemporary Bruno Mars hits are remade by Frank Sinatra and other pop songs get the vintage sound when Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox sets up shop. 7:30 p.m. at the Ruby Diamond Concert Hall. Tickets are $40 and $55

October 3: The vocal group All-4-One sings his hit “I Swear” and more live on stage. 7:30 p.m. at the Ruby Diamond Concert Hall. Tickets are $30 and $45

Grammy-nominated singer Mykal Kilgore (

October 6: Grammy-nominated singer Mykal Kilgore (“The Man in the Barber Shop”) brings his R&B-inspired songs to town. 7:30 p.m. at Opperman Music Hall. Tickets are $45

October 24: The four-piece John Jorgensen Bluegrass Band provides the high, lonely sound of bluegrass music. 7:30 p.m. at the Goodwood Museum & Gardens. Tickets are $40

November

November 4: Channel a blueblood when the stage show “Disney Princess: The Concert” takes a royal voice. 7 p.m. at the Ruby Diamond Concert Hall. Tickets are $50 and $65

November 17: The Celtic ray shines brightly when the bagpipes seven nations the band rocks the house. 7:30 p.m. at the Goodwood Museum & Gardens. Tickets are $40.

Bagpipe band Seven Nations rock the Opening Night House at the Goodwood Museum & Gardens on November 17, 2022.

December

December 8: The all-female Norwegian TenThing Brass Set provides the sounds of Christmas during its “holiday program”. 7:30 p.m. at Opperman Music Hall. Tickets are $45

2023

January

January 12: The multiple Grammy-winning singing group Manhattan transfer returns for its 50th anniversary tour with the DIVA Jazz Orchestra in tow. 7:30 p.m. at the Ruby Diamond Concert Hall. Tickets are $45 and $60

January 19: Fingers fly over the frets as four guitarists from around the world come together to “International Guitar Evening.” 7:30 p.m. at Opperman Music Hall. Tickets are $45

January 24: The a cappella group Voctave reaches high notes. 7:30 p.m. at the Ruby Diamond Concert Hall. Tickets are $30 and $45

February

February TBA: Salon concert to mark 25 years with an artist still named to the house of the president of the FSU. Tickets are $175

February 4: Hear the story of talented musician Nannerl Mozart (overshadowed by his brother Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart) during the play “The Other Mozart.” 7:30 p.m. Turner Auditorium at Tallassee Community College. Tickets are $35.

Step dancing takes center stage during a frenzied performance by Step Afrika!  troupe on February 7, 2023 at the Ruby Diamond Concert Hall

February 7: Step dancing takes center stage in a frenzied performance by the Stage Africa! troop. 7:30 p.m. at the Ruby Diamond Concert Hall. Tickets are $25 and $40

February 9: Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Colson Whitehead (“The Underground Railroad,” “The Nickel Boys”) reads excerpts from his work during this rescheduled appearance. 7:30 p.m. at the Ruby Diamond Concert Hall. Tickets are $30 and $50

February 11th : singers Morgan James and Erica Gabriel browse songs from the Motown catalog and beyond with the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra in a tiled concert “Queens of the soul.” 7:30 p.m. at the Ruby Diamond Concert Hall. Tickets are $35, $45 and $55

February 17: Jump down the rabbit hole when the MOMIX The dance company returns with “Alice”, inspired by Lewis Carroll. 7:30 p.m. at the Ruby Diamond Concert Hall. Tickets are $30 and $45

February 28: Ethiopian-American songbird Meklit explores the world of international jazz. 7:30 p.m. at Opperman Music Hall. Tickets are $40

The Zodiac Trio perform for Opening Nights on March 3, 2023.

March

3rd of March: Benny Goodman and other kings of swing music get a nod when the Zodiac Trio bring his clarinet. 7:30 p.m. in the Dohnanyi Recital Hall. Tickets are $40

March 4: The “Red Dirt Girl” Emmylou Harris taps into a lifetime of music when she makes her ON debut. 7:30 p.m. at the Ruby Diamond Concert Hall. Tickets are $75 and $90

March 11: A Japanese city has made flirting an executionable offence. It’s just the beginning of the trouble and the laughs when The New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players return with their production of “The Mikado”. 2 p.m. in the Ruby Diamond Concert Hall. Tickets are $30 and $45

A Japanese town has made flirting an executionable offense when the New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players return with their production of

March 23: Get the kids to join Mowgli and his wild pals when The Panto Company takes action “The jungle Book.” 6:30 p.m. at the Fallon Theater. Tickets are $10

March 29: standing cartoon Jay Leno, who recently won a Mark Twain Prize for his wit, stands behind the microphone. 7:30 p.m. at the Ruby Diamond Concert Hall. Tickets are $110 and $115.

April

April 13: Cross-media artist Jean Ensor Parker discusses his work as part of Opening Nights and the Chain of Parks Arts Festival. 6:30 p.m. at the LeMoyne Arts Foundation gallery. Tickets are $20

April 16: Listen to non-stop music as the various sets of FSU Marching Leaders take turns raising the rafters throughout the year PRISM concert. 2 p.m. in the Ruby Diamond Concert Hall. Tickets are $25 and $40

April 25: Immerse yourself in classical music when piano battle makes a two-headed and quick-witted visit. 7:30 p.m. at Opperman Music Hall. Tickets are $40

Ticket sales dates

Fall shows:

July 25: Sponsors, Jubilee Directors and Headliners

August 1: Producers’ Circle

August 8: partner members

August 11: Friends members

August 15: associate members

August 18: Junior Members

August 22: Solo members

August 25: General tickets on sale

Spring shows

Nov. 14: Sponsors, Jubilee Directors and Headliners

November 21: Producers’ Circle

Nov. 28: Partner Members

December 1: Friends Members

December 5: associate members

December 8: Junior Members

December 12: Solo members

December 15: General tickets on sale

Visit OpeningNights.fsu.edu

Florida State University has announced that Jennifer Wright Allen will be the new director of Opening Nights following an extensive national search.  It will start on June 6, 2022.

Opening nights: a story

1998: FSU President Sandy D’Alemberte presents the idea of ​​an arts festival. Margo Bindhardt is named president of Seven Days of Opening Nights, the festival’s original name

2001: The first full-time director, Jennifer Shields, is hired, followed by Carmen Braswell-Butler

2003: Diane Greer takes the reins of management until her retirement

2008: Steve MacQueen takes over just in time for the Ruby Diamond Auditorium to undergo a $32 million renovation. Productions are staged at FAMU, The Moon, Bethel AME Church and more

2010: The makeover is complete. The Ruby Diamond Concert Hall is unveiled

2013: Chris Heacox steps in after hiring MacQueen

2017: Michael Blachly takes over after Heacox goes to Auburn University. Blachly works until retirement

2022: The Jennifer Wright-Allen era begins

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