It is all about connection
This episode may have an eclectic title, but really, this episode is all about finding a connection. Finding a connection to your community, finding a connection with others through music, finding a way to connect kids with the environment, and finding way to connect with those who need a connection.
Its a new season for Local Routes and we start off this first episode on Florida State University’s campus because our first two stories have a connection to the performance halls on the campus. Since the COVID-19 pandemic started, organizations that depend on live performances had to pivot to find new ways to connect to the community.
An Invitation to the Party
The first is about The Tallahassee Ballet. While many of it’s performances are held in Ruby Diamond, the first one this year was in Opperman Music Hall. The Ballet has reached a major milestone this year as they kicked off their 50th season in September. In this episode’s WFSU’s Rheannah Wynter looks at the resilience that got them through the pandemic and how when they did return to the stage, they created a program that invited everyone to the party.
A Musical Adventure
We also give you a glimpse at another pandemic performing arts project in this episode. WFSU Public Media teamed up with the Tallahassee Symphony orchestra to create the “TSO Symphonic Safari Adventure!” Twenty-three online videos focus on introducing elementary age students to the different musical instruments and the various musicians of the TSO. Check out highlights of this entertaining journey lead by our two adventurers Violetta Vibrato and Roger Rhythm.
The Kids are in Charge
A trio of elementary age students took over WFSU Ecology Producer, Rob Diaz de Villegas’ story about a Striped Newt release with the Coastal Plains Institute. His sons, Max and Xavi, along with Max’s best friend helped out with the release and tell the tale of these creatures and their importance to our wetlands.
Surf Dog finds a home
WFSU’s Mike Plummer introduces us to a stray dog, known as Surf Dog, that has won over an entire community. Now, Surf Dog didn’t get the name because he could surf, but because he was often seen running up and down Surf Road. Mike finds out why he was on the run and how he finally found a place to call home.
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