A breathtaking journey through the arts awaits audiences for the ninth season of Seven Days of Opening Nights, Feb. 12-27, 2007, and ticket sales are now open to the public.
Topping the itinerary of Florida State University's annual festival of the fine and performing arts are a Rosanne Cash/Kris Kristofferson combo, Rita Coolidge and the John Pizzarelli Quartet, the dance company of Paul Taylor-known as the world's greatest choreographer-and renowned cellist Lynn Harrell with the University Symphony Orchestra.
The whirlwind Seven Days cultural tour includes The Irish Rovers; South Africa's Ladysmith Black Mambazo; Flags of Our Fathers author James Bradley; and actor Joshua Kane's Gothic at Midnight. All-American stops include crossover jazz from The Manhattan Transfer, young piano prodigies with The 5 Browns, and jazz piano veteran Marian McPartland.
Also on the jam-packed schedule: A special Prism concert, the premiere of a film by FSU professors, The Trees Have a Mother: Stories of the Amazon, art exhibits (AfroProvocations at the Mary Brogan Museum of Art and Science; More Is More-Maximalist Tendencies in Recent American Painting and Ray Burggraf: Retrospective), and the ever popular free Saturday Matinee of the Arts. The Seven Days festival includes a Healing and the Arts symposium as well as a fringe festival with numerous cultural offerings.
Florida State University, in cooperation with dozens of generous sponsors and members, presents Seven Days of Opening Nights each year to bring world-class artists to the region, not only for the enjoyment of general audiences but also to work with students through master classes, lectures, readings, exhibits and other discipline-specific experiences.
Tickets are available through the FSU Fine Arts Ticket Office, 850-644-6500.
The complete schedule:
2/12 Prism: Special Edition III, Ruby Diamond Auditorium, FSU
2/13 Healing and the Arts, Conradi Theatre, FSU(SOLD OUT)
2/14 Paul Taylor Dance Company, Ruby Diamond Auditorium, FSU
2/16 Art Exhibit Openings, Museum of Fine Arts, FSU
2/16 The Irish Rovers, Ruby Diamond Auditorium, FSU
2/17 Marian McPartland Trio, Turner Auditorium, Tallahassee Community College
2/19 James Bradley, University Center Ballroom, FSU
2/20 Rita Coolidge and the John Pizzarelli Quartet, Ruby Diamond Auditorium, FSU
2/21 Gothic at Midnight, Turner Auditorium, Tallahassee Community College
2/22 The 5 Browns, Ruby Diamond Auditorium, FSU
2/23 The Manhattan Transfer, Ruby Diamond Auditorium, FSU
2/24 Saturday Matinee of the Arts, Tallahassee Museum
2/24 Rosanne Cash and Kris Kristofferson, Ruby Diamond Auditorium, FSU
2/25 The Trees Have a Mother, Student Life Theatre, FSU
2/26 AfroProvocations, Opening Reception, Mary Brogan Museum of Art and Science
2/26 Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Kleman Plaza, Downtown Tallahassee (SOLD OUT)
2/27 Lynn Harrell with the University Symphony Orchestra, Ruby Diamond Auditorium, FSU
Florida State University introduced Seven Days of Opening Nights, a festival of the fine and performing arts, in 1999. Since its in