KENNETT SQUARE, PA – Longwood Gardens today announced its 2018-2019 Performance Series that features notable artists from jazz, classical, organ, and world music genres. Highlights of the season include a musical journey along the Silk Road, the ancient trade route that connect East and West, and an Earth Day celebration with a series of performances designed to enlighten and entertain. In June, the popular Wine & Jazz Festival returns as well as the Longwood Gardens International Organ Competition where young organists from around the globe compete for the $40,000 Pierre S. du Pont First Place prize. Tickets for this memorable season go on sale August 15. For more information, visit longwoodgardens.org.
2018-19 Performance Series:
Harold López-Nussa Trio
Friday, October 5
Havana pianist and composer Harold López-Nussa’s music reflects the full range and richness of Cuban music, with its distinctive combination of classical, folkloric, and popular elements, as well as its embrace of jazz improvisation and interaction. Tickets are $35 for Reserved Seating and $30 for Gardens Preferred and Gardens Premium Members.
Sunday, October 7
Jackson Borges is Organist and Director of Music for The Episcopal Parish of All Saints’ Church and St. George’s Chapel in Rehoboth Beach and Harbeson, Delaware. Prior to his appointment in 2014, Borges held positions in New Jersey with the Morristown United Methodist Church, The Princeton Girlchoir, and American Boychoir. Free with Gardens Admission.
Open Organ Console Day
Saturday, October 13
9:30 am–12:30 pm
Register to have your five minutes of fame on the Longwood Organ. Free with Gardens Admission. Must be at least 5 years of age to participate. Time slots are limited. Registration required by emailing: email@example.com.
Peter Richard Conte, Organ and Jeremy Filsell, Piano
Friday, November 2
Peter Richard Conte, Longwood Gardens Principal Organist and the long-time organist at the Wanamaker Grand Court Organ at Macy’s in Philadelphia, presents a program featuring Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini for piano and orchestra. Tickets are $35 for Reserved Seating and $30 for Gardens Preferred and Gardens Premium Members.
Sunday, November 11
John Walthausen is Organist and Choirmaster at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Glenmoore, PA. Prior to his current position, he served as Organist in Residence at Sapporo Concert Hall in Hokkaido, Japan and later as Assistant Director of Music at the Choir School of Delaware. Free with Gardens Admission.
Silk Road Performances
November 3, 10, and 16
As our Gardens showcase floral artistry inspired by the Far East during our Chrysanthemum Festival, our Silk Road performances showcase unique sounds inspired by the ancient trade network that connected the East and West.
Original Quartet—Andalusia: The Origins of Flamenco
Saturday, November 3
Original Quartet is an exploration of the roots of flamenco music, which was created through the gathering of Greco-Roman, Arab, and Jewish Sephardic cultures and the gypsies of India in Andalusia. Made up of Spanish guitar, violin, recorder, and vocals, this performance includes Iraqi poems and songs, Jewish Sephardic compositions, traditional Indian pieces, and modern compositions created specifically for this project. Tickets are $35 for Reserved Seating, and $30 for Gardens Preferred and Gardens Premium Members.
Abigail Washburn & Wu Fei
Saturday, November 10
An entirely unique banjo-guzheng duo bonded by their bicultural sisterhood, Grammy Award-winning artist Abigail Washburn and zither master Wu Fei sing and perform original compositions inspired by weaving together Appalachian and Chinese folk songs. Tickets are $38 for Reserved Seating and $32 for Gardens Preferred and Gardens Premium Members.
The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia
Friday, November 16
Small ensembles of musicians from The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia spotlight music and composers influenced by and originating from musical traditions along the Silk Road. Tickets are $40 for Reserved Seating and $34 for Gardens Preferred and Gardens Premium Members.
Tuesday, November 27
Wednesday, November 28
Renowned for genre-bending versatility and joyous performances, the award-winning Canadian Brass is almost single-handedly responsible for elevating the art of the brass quintet to what it is today. In its 47th season, Canadian Brass has performed in almost every major concert hall in the world and has sold two million albums worldwide. Tickets are $43 for Reserved Seating and $37 for Gardens Preferred and Gardens Premium Members.
Eileen Ivers: A Joyful Christmas
Thursday, November 29
Recalling the roaring hearths and roars of laughter that are part and parcel of Christmas in Irish families, virtuoso fiddler Eileen Ivers interweaves Wren Day songs, American carols, and even a jigging Bach in A Joyful Christmas. Ivers invites listeners in for a soulful celebration capturing the true spirit of the season with music for all ages. Tickets are $40 for Reserved Seating and $34 for Gardens Preferred and Gardens Premium Members.
The Holiday Series also includes a number of free performances from local choirs and musicians. Visit www.longwoodgardens.org for the complete listing.
“We Shall Overcome”—A Celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr., Featuring Damien Sneed
Saturday, January 19
Inspired by the words and action of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., We Shall Overcome showcases repertoire from across the African American music traditions that electrified generations of civil rights activists and defenders with interwoven spoken word from Dr. King’s recorded speeches. Produced and directed by Damien Sneed, this production ties together a living lineage of music and culture from gospel to jazz to spirituals. Tickets are $37 for Reserved Seating and $31 for Gardens Preferred and Gardens Premium Members.
Saturday, February 9
Regarded around the world as one of today’s finest concert organists, Todd Wilson is head of the Organ Department at The Cleveland Institute of Music, Director of Music at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Cleveland, Ohio, and Curator of the E.M. Skinner pipe organ at Severance Hall. His program includes thrilling transcriptions by Edwin H. Lemare and Edwin Arthur Kraft, as well as the towering Sonata on the 94th Psalm by Julius Reubke. Tickets are $35 for Reserved Seating and $30 for Gardens Preferred and Gardens Premium Members.
Joey Alexander Trio
Saturday, February 16
Fifteen-year-old jazz prodigy Joey Alexander is the youngest jazz artist ever nominated for a Grammy Award. Showing great promise as both a composer and bandleader, evidenced by the worldwide success of his trio and his latest release, Eclipse, Alexander develops fresh takes on well-known tunes and presents his own compositions. Tickets are $42 for Reserved Seating and $36 for Gardens Preferred and Gardens Premium Members.
Sunday, February 17
Parker Kitterman is Director of Music and Organist at Christ Church, Philadelphia, where he has led an active program in weekly choral services, monthly vespers concerts, organ recitals, and other occasions since 2010. He also serves as a piano accompanist for the Singing City Choir, and is an active recitalist, conductor, composer, and clinician. Free with Gardens Admission.
Curtis Student Recitals
Sunday, February 24
Sunday, March 24
The Curtis Institute in Philadelphia trains exceptionally gifted young musicians for careers as performing artists on the highest professional level. Experience the stars of tomorrow as they perform solo and chamber music in these pre-graduation recitals. Free with Gardens Admission.
Saturday, March 2
1 & 4 pm
Known for its artistic integrity, superbly trained dancers, and electrifying performances, The Philadelphia Dance Company, or PHILADANCO, is celebrated worldwide for its innovation, creativity, and preservation of predominantly African-American traditions in dance. Free with Gardens Admission.
Sunday, March 3
Michael Smith is the Minister of Music at St. Thomas’ Church, Whitemarsh, located in Ft. Washington, PA, where he oversees a large music program for the 1,200-member parish, including a chorister program of 18 children and a semi-professional adult choir. Free with Gardens Admission.
Thursday, March 7
For more than 25 years, Dervish has been one of the biggest names in traditional Irish music. This performance matches dazzling sets of tunes with stunning interpretations of traditional songs. Tickets are $42 for Reserved Seating and $36 for Gardens Preferred and Gardens Premium Members.
Thursday, March 14
With innovative multi-genre original productions, sensational interpretations of modern classics, and an “exhilarating blend of precision and anarchy, rigor and bedlam,” (The New Yorker), Sō Percussion has redefined the scope and vital role of the modern percussion ensemble. Tickets are $37 for Reserved Seating and $31 for Gardens Preferred and Gardens Premium Members.
David Briggs: The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Friday, March 22
David Briggs improvises organ accompaniment to the full-length classic American romantic silent film, The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923). Currently artist-in-residence at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York City, Briggs is praised for his musicality, virtuosity, and ability to excite and engage audiences of all ages. Tickets are $35 for Reserved Seating and $30 for Gardens Preferred and Gardens Premium Members.
Saturday, March 23
With his intricate finger-picking style, singular guitar sound, rhythmic foot-tapping, and well-traveled voice, American folk and blues singer, guitarist, and songwriter Chris Smither’s “roots are as blue as they come” (Rolling Stone). With a prolific career spanning decades, his latest release in March 2018, Call Me Lucky, is a stunning collection of both originals and reimagined classics. Tickets are $35 for Reserved Seating and $30 for Gardens Preferred and Gardens Premium Members.
Monty Alexander Trio
Friday, March 29
Legendary pianist Monty Alexander bridges the worlds of jazz, popular song, and the music of his native Jamaica in his vibrant, soulful renditions. He has performed and recorded with artists from every corner of the music and entertainment world, delighting a global audience with his broad repertoire and sophisticated voicings. Tickets are $40 for Reserved Seating and $34 for Gardens Preferred and Gardens Premium Members.
Open Organ Console Day
Saturday, March 30
9:30 am–12:30 pm
Join in the excitement and have your five minutes of fame on the Longwood Organ. Free with Gardens Admission. Must be at least 5 years of age to participate. Time slots are limited. Registration required by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, March 31
Organist and Director of Music at The Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew and Matthew and Conductor and Music Director of Delaware ChoralArts, David Christopher skillfully communicates ideas of interpretation, technique, and artistry in his multi-faceted repertoire, including works by composers from the baroque era through the 21st century. Free with Gardens Admission.
The Kennett Symphony
Sunday, April 7
Featuring soloist Andres Sanchez on cello, the Kennett Symphony celebrates the beauty of the symphonic art form in its Classically Yours evening of Wagner, Tchaikovsky, and Mozart. For tickets, visit kennettsymphony.org or call 610.444.6363. Tickets are $45 for Reserved Seating, and $40 for Gardens Preferred and Gardens Premium Members.
Friday, April 12
Acclaimed singer-songwriter, actress, and Theatre World Award recipient Nellie McKay has a long list of musical and theatrical accomplishments. In addition to co-writing and starring in the award-winning off-Broadway Old Hats, McKay has created music for and appeared in numerous popular television series and films, among other endeavors. Her seventh and most recent album, Sister Orchid, is a moving collection of songs evocative of a lonely foggy night. Tickets are $35 for Reserved Seating and $30 for Gardens Preferred and Gardens Premium Members.
Earth Day Performances
Learn something new and be inspired and entertained through these performances that weave insightful messages through song, story, and imagery.
Saturday, April 6
Selected Shorts is a weekly public radio show broadcast on more than 130 stations to about 300,000 listeners. Spellbinding short stories take on new life when they are performed by stars of stage and screen. Experience this podcast live for an evening of stories with an environmental theme. Cast members will be announced approximately two months in advance. Tickets are $35 for Reserved Seating and $30 for Gardens Preferred and Gardens Premium Members.
The Crossroads Project: Rising Tide
Thursday, April 18
This collaboration of the Fry Street Quartet with climate physicist Dr. Robert Davies combines art and science through music, prose, and stunning visual imagery. Tickets are $38 for Reserved Seating and $32 for Gardens Preferred and Gardens Premium Members.
ETHEL & Robert Mirabal: The River
Tuesday, April 23
The ETHEL string quartet and Grammy Award-winning instrumentalist Robert Mirabal collaborate in this cross-cultural concert experience of instrumental virtuosity, song, and storytelling. Inspired by water as the embodiment of spirit and its essential role in life on Earth, ETHEL and Mirabal create an immersive flow of music, narrative, and ritual that evoke timeless Native American traditions through contemporary musical artistry. Tickets are $38 for Reserved Seating and $32 for Gardens Preferred and Gardens Premium Members.
Tickets go on sale August 15. Tickets are limited and include Gardens Admission. Purchase tickets at longwoodgardens.org.
About Longwood Gardens
In 1906, industrialist Pierre du Pont (1870-1954) purchased a small farm near Kennett Square, PA, to save a collection of historic trees from being sold for lumber. Today, Longwood Gardens is one of the world’s great horticultural displays, encompassing 1,083 acres of dazzling gardens, woodlands, meadows, fountains, 10,010-pipe Aeolian organ and 4.5-acre conservatory. Longwood continues the mission set forth by Mr. du Pont to inspire people through excellence in garden design, horticulture, education and the performing arts, through programming that includes exhibitions, musical performances by leading artists, renowned horticulture education programs, horticulture research, environmental stewardship and community engagement.