Musical Illuminated Fountain Shows
Longwood's legendary shows illuminate the sky while fountains dance to classical, patriotic, and popular music on select evenings in the Main Fountain Garden.
Experience a Longwood tradition as brilliant jets of colorful water entertain audiences during half-hour shows set to music.
The illuminated fountain shows run from May 30–August 29, 2014, on Friday and Saturday evenings at 9:15 pm.
View information about illuminated fountain shows without music on dates when live performances are taking place at Longwood.
Please note that shows do not run on the days of Fireworks & Fountains Shows.
Also please note that the fountain schedule is subject to change or cancellation due to severe weather or special events.
Musical Illuminated Fountain Shows—2014
Swan Lake—July 12, and August 23
This show features some of Tchaikovsky's most beloved music from one of the most famous ballets of all time. The story tells of a princess transformed into a swan by an evil sorcerer, and she falls in love with a prince who is tricked into betraying her. The couple drown themselves in the lake to break to spell, only to be reunited in death. Our music features the well-known swan theme, several grand waltzes, dramatic Spanish and Hungarian dances, tumultuous codas, and an over-the-top ending.
Gershwin Gala—August 22
This program includes selections from the Catfish Row suite from Porgy and Bess, an interlude called Promenade or Walking the Dog, and the complete American in Paris, first performed at Longwood in 1940 as a Garden Party ballet in the Open Air Theatre.
Big Band and Broadway—July 18
After opening with George M. Cohan's theme song, Give My Regards to Broadway, the show continues with Harlem Nocturne, named for New York's famous neighborhood. Take the A Train, by Billy Strayhorn, will always be associated with Duke Ellington, while three of Glen Miller's best-known hits—Moonlight Serenade, String of Pearls, and In the Mood—are next in line. Sing, Sing, Sing, popularized by Benny Goodman. is followed by New York, New York, from the 1977 movie of the same name. Our finale is Luck Be a Lady from the musical Guys and Dolls, arranged in the style of Rachmaninoff.
Founder's Favorites—June 27 and August 29
This program begins with one of Pierre du Pont's all-time favorites, American Fantasia by Victor Herbert. This is followed by an orchestral arrangement of O mio babbino caro from Gianni Schicchi by Puccini. Victor Herbert's March of the Toys is from his delightful operetta, Babes in Toyland. Tchaikovsky's Waltz of the Flowers celebrates the floral beauty for which Longwood is known worldwide. The Stars and Stripes Forever honors the friendship between Pierre du Pont and John Philip Sousa, who conducted 14 concerts at Longwood between 1922 and 1930. The finale is the monumental last movement of 'Organ' Symphony No. 3 by Saint-Saens, saluting Mr. du Pont's creation of one of the world's great pipe organs here at Longwood.
Ladies & Gentlemen . . . The Beatles—June 28
This show features music by one of the most popular and influential groups of all time, opening with Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds from the popular album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. Next come the lyrical Penny Lane and the driving anthem Help. The melodic Here Comes the Sun melds into the title song of the 1964 album, A Hard Day's Night, followed by We Can Work It Out. The show continues with the group's first breakthrough hit in the United States, I Want to Hold Your Hand, the George Harrison-penned Something, Lady Madonna, and the lilting ballad Norwegian Wood. Let It Be and the moving The Long and Winding Road create a memorable finale.
Stars & Stripes—July 5
Celebrate Independence Day weekend with The National Anthem, Hershy Kay's Stars and Stripes ballet with arrangements of Sousa's Picador, The Corcoran Cadets, Rifle Regiment, The Thunderer, The Gladiator, The Liberty Bell, El Capitan, and The Stars and Stripes Forever.
Tchaikovsky's Second Symphony—July 11
In the 19th century the Ukraine was known as Little Russia, so this symphony is known as "The Little Russian" because it features Ukrainian folk melodies.
Italian Festival—August 8
This show features Monteverdi's Toccata from L'Orfeo, Respighi's St. Michael Archangel from Church Windows, Trevi Fountain from Respighi's Fountains of Rome, Birth of Venus from Respighi's Three Botticelli Pictures, Befana from Respighi's Roman Festivals, Puccini's Nessun Dorma from Turandot, and Catacomb, Gianicolo, and Via Appia from Respighi's Pines of Rome.
Rachmaninoff's Power & Passion—August 9
This moving program spotlights the second, third, and fourth movements from this famed Russian composer’s Second Symphony.
Festive Music of Dmitri Shostakovich—August 15
This show opens with the joyful Festival Overture, written in 1954, and continues with Jazz Suite No. 2, dating from 1938. Its eight movements conjure up movie music more than jazz and run the gamut from perky saxophone to lilting waltzes. The most famous of these is well known from a television commercial and also as a theme song for the popular Dutch orchestra of André Rieu. Exciting Russian dances bring the show to a boisterous finale.