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Spotlight: Mr. Rogers' Music Honored In Rollins College Program

Fred Rogers’ portrait, painted by local artist Don Sondag, hangs in Tiedtke Concert Hall. Photo courtesy of Rollins College website
Fred Rogers’ portrait, painted by local artist Don Sondag, hangs in Tiedtke Concert Hall. Photo courtesy of Rollins College website

This weekend, Rollins College is presenting a music program honoring famous alum Fred Rogers – as in “Mister Rogers,” who shared his “neighborhood” with kids across America for more than thirty years on PBS.

The Rollins program “Mister Rogers: The Musician” opens tonight.

John Sinclair is Music Department Chair at Rollins College.

He tells 90.7's Nicole Darden Creston that when it comes to Fred Rogers, there’s an accomplished musician inside the man best known for the long-running PBS children's program "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood."

He says Rogers earned a degree in composition from Rollins, and left a legacy of both musicianship and kindness to explore.

Click the Play Audio button to hear their conversation.

Find more information about the program "Mister Rogers: The Musician" at the event's page on the Rollins College website.

Nicole came to Central Florida to attend Rollins College and started working for Orlando’s ABC News Radio affiliate shortly after graduation. She joined WMFE in 2010. As a field reporter, news anchor and radio show host in the City Beautiful, she has covered everything from local arts to national elections, from extraordinary hurricanes to historic space flights, from the people and procedures of Florida’s justice system to the changing face of the state’s economy.