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Rhiannon Giddens with Francesco Turrisi Performance

Rhiannon Giddens with Francesco Turrisi
Summer Series

Date & Price

As we all continue to work together to limit the spread of COVID-19, we have made the difficult decision to cancel all summer performing arts events, including all ticketed concerts, Fireworks Shows, and our Wine & Jazz Festival.

Sunday, September 13, 2020 at 7:30 pm

Open Air Theatre

Reserved Seating: $38–$58

Gardens Preferred and Gardens Premium Members: $33–$53*

Ticket price includes all-day Gardens Admission

Tickets limited. Sell out likely.

Through diverse instrumentation and the blending of genres, Rhiannon Giddens and Italian multi-instrumentalist Francesco Turrisi together illuminate the universality of music and the commonality of the human experience. Turrisi and Giddens beautifully showcase the sonic ties that bind African, Arabia, European, and American cultures.

Listen to Rhiannon Giddens

More about Rhiannon Giddens

Rhiannon Giddens is a celebrated artist who excavates the past to reveal bold and candid truths about our present. A MacArthur “Genius” Grant recipient, she has performed for the Obamas at the White house and acted in two seasons of the hit television series Nashville. She has been profiled by CBS Sunday Morning, The New York Times, and NPR’s Fresh Air, among others. Her acclaimed solo albums Tomorrow is My Turn (along with the EP Factory Girl, produced by T Bone Burnett) and Freedom Highway received three Grammy Award nominations, while her work with the Carolina Chocolate Drops (which she co-founded) received a Grammy Award in 2010. Giddens is also featured in Ken Burns' Country Music series on PBS. Songs of Our Native Daughters, a collaborative album featuring Giddens that tells the stories of historic black womanhood and survival, was released on Smithsonian Folkways to rave reviews. 

Giddens’ latest album there is no Other, recorded with Turrisi, is at once a condemnation of “othering” and a celebration of the spread of ideas, connectivity, and shared experience. Tracing the overlooked movement of sounds from Africa and the Arabic world and their influence on European and American music, there is no Other illuminates the universality of music and the commonality of the human experience in its mix of original songs penned by Giddens and its diverse set of interpretations.

Find out more on her website

More about Francesco Turrisi

Italian multi-instrumentalist Francesco Turrisi defies easy categorization. Called “a musical alchemist” by the Irish Times, Turrisi is a Turin-born musician whose Dublin base reflects his global sensibilities. With his unique ability to fold early music, pan-Mediterranean modal melodies, and European-flavored jazz into a single repertoire, Turrisi has developed a musical style that crisscrosses cultures and forges musical alliances that are, at once, old and familiar and startlingly brand new. He has performed and recorded with Bobby McFerrin, jazz icon Dave Liebman, early music group l’Arpeggiata, contemporary ensemble Bang on a Can, Irish sean-nós singer Roisin El Safty, and tarantella specialist Lucilla Galeazzi.

Find out more on his website

*Gardens Preferred and Gardens Premium Members receive access to the Pre-sale and $5 off regular Summer Performance Series ticket prices. If you are eligible, you have received a discount code and pre-sale access code via direct mail or email from Longwood Gardens.