7 Days of Opening Nights Releases Lineup

By: Eyewitness News, Seven Days Release Email
By: Eyewitness News, Seven Days Release Email

Tallahassee, Florida- August 8, 2012

A choir from Cuba, pioneers of Irish music and American jazz masters are just a sample of what’s in store for audiences at this year’s Seven Days of Opening Nights festival, which boasts an extraordinary — and eclectic — roster of artists as well as a wealth of educational opportunities for schoolchildren and university students.
Tallahassee, Florida- August 8, 2012

Florida State University has announced its 15th annual lineup for the dazzling festival of the arts, which is traditionally held each year in February. This year, there are several performances held outside the month, with the first one kicking off the season in September. Seven Days will once again spotlight Florida State's contribution to the arts with a variety of performances that reflect the university’s commitment to excellence in everything from music to literature to dance.

Festival highlights include performances by such acclaimed artists as violinist Hilary Hahn, Bernadette Peters, the Chieftains, the Marcus Roberts Octet, Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, the Creole Choir of Cuba and the Second City Touring Company, as well as an encore performance by the acclaimed string band the Carolina Chocolate Drops, who drew crowds and rave reviews at last year’s festival.

Seven Days also will feature an appearance by Cheryl Strayed, the best-selling author of three books, including the acclaimed “Wild,” which was the first book selected in Oprah’s Book Club 2.0. In addition, the new Seven Days season pays homage to the visual arts with three exhibits at Florida State’s Museum of Fine Arts, including a show of the paintings of Flemish baroque master Peter Paul Rubens, on loan from Sarasota’s Ringling Museum of Art.

This year’s festival lineup will be overseen by a new director, Christopher J. Heacox, who has served since 2009 as executive director of the 120-year-old Friday Musicale festival in Jacksonville, Fla. Heacox, who assumed the position Aug. 1, said he was honored to oversee this year’s lineup.

“Seven Days of Opening Nights has always offered a rich tapestry of the arts, and this year the festival is hosting an especially exciting and diverse group of artists,” he said. “I am also very passionate about our efforts to expand the educational outreach for both schoolchildren and university students this year."

Tickets sales for Seven Days members begin on Sept. 4, depending on membership level, and continue through Oct. 1. Tickets for the general public go on sale Oct. 2. For additional ticket information, visit www.sevendaysfestival.org.

Tallahassee, Florida- August 8, 2012

Entertainment lovers, get ready! The famed Seven Days of Opening Nights is set to kick off another season.

The multi-faceted arts festival has been going on since 1999. The big headline this year is Bernadette Peters. The season officially begins September 21 with dancer Emily Johnson. Her performances will be followed by Anthony Zerbe, Richard Thompson and Hilary Hahn in January and February.

Says Christopher Heacox with 7 Days: "We encompass all of the performing arts. I think that's another reason why it's so successful. We're not just doing music, we are doing theater, dance, film and creative writing as well. "

Tickets for Johnson's performance go on sale next week. Tickets for the other performances go on sale October 2 for the general public.

For the full list of performers please follow the link below.

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