History of Performing Arts at Longwood: Talk and Garden of Music Book Signing

It looks like this event has already occurred.

History of Performing Arts at Longwood: Talk and Garden of Music Book Signing

A book titled The Garden of Music resting on a railing inside a Conservatory.

Garden of Music by Colvin Randall and Jonathan Ambrosino. Photo by Jen Fazekas.

Date & Time

Saturday, February 3, 2024

1:00 pm

The Ballroom

Free with Gardens Admission

Written by Randall and organ historian, journalist, and consultant Jonathan Ambrosino, Garden of Music recounts in detail glorious concerts, theatrical performances, musical instruments, fabulous garden parties, and more than a century of entertainment in Longwood's unparalleled setting. Along the way, discover the stories and legacies of the musicians, performers, staff, and instruments that have elevated the performing arts at Longwood. 

Garden of Music is available for purchase in The Garden Shop and online, and will be available for purchase at the talk.

About the Authors

Colvin Randall is Longwood’s first P.S. du Pont Fellow, a recognition given for his many contributions to the Gardens. He is a 1972 graduate of the University of Virginia with a degree in architectural history. He entered the Longwood Graduate Program at the University of Delaware, where he received a master’s in horticulture. His journey at Longwood began with his first visit to Longwood in 1963. He was hired as Longwood’s Publicity Coordinator in 1977 and in 2004 became Historian and Information Manager. Throughout his career, Randall has written and produced numerous books, exhibits, DVDs, and CDs about Longwood. 

Jonathan Ambrosino is a historian, journalist, and organ consultant. He has maintained the Longwood Organ since 2001 and serves on the Advisory Committee of the Longwood Gardens International Organ Competition. Since 1986, Ambrosino distinguished himself as a tuner-technician, tonal finisher, historian, author, and consultant. As a consultant for new organs, Ambrosino has worked with numerous institutions and builders, most notably Harvard University’s Memorial Church, Saint Thomas Church, and Trinity Church Wall Street in New York City.