KENNETT SQUARE, PA – Longwood Gardens announces its 2020 Summer Performance Series lineup including the legendary Mary Chapin Carpenter, Rhiannon Giddens with Francesco Tirrusi, and Straight No Chaser. The popular Wine & Jazz Festival returns Saturday, June 6. For a full list of performances, visit www.longwoodgardens.org/summerseries.
Wine & Jazz All Stars
June 5, 7:30 pm
Enjoy a special nighttime concert as the powerhouse Wine & Jazz performers create a one-of-a-kind, never-before-seen musical experience featuring Arturo O'Farrill and René Marie.
Wine & Jazz Festival
June 6, 2–10 pm
Sip along to exceptional jazz and catch a jazz-inspired Illuminated Fountain Performance to finish the night. Performers include Grammy Award-winning Afro-Cuban Jazz artist Arturo O'Farrill, René Marie Quintet, and the High & Mighty Brass.
June 9, 7:30 pm
Winner of the 2020 Grammy Award for Best Americana Album for Oklahoma, Keb’ Mo’ has cultivated a reputation as a modern master of American rotos with 14 albums and countless accolades.
June 14, 7:30 pm
Under the direction of Michael Hall, the Kennett Symphony celebrates Tchaikovsky and friends in this performance under the stars. Purchase tickets at kennettsymphony.org or 610.444.6363.
The Philadelphia Orchestra
June 30, 7:30 pm
Led by assistant conductor Erina Yashima, the Philadelphia Orchestra celebrates its legacy of imagination, innovation, and excellence with an evening of exciting and captivating music.
Straight No Chaser
July 12, 7:30 pm
Reinventing the idea of a cappella, Straight No Chaser infuses a sense of humor and pure fun in their captivating sound of 10 voices together making extraordinary music. Formed more than a dozen years ago while students at Indiana University, the group has reassembled and reemerged as a phenomenon ... complete with 11 full-length albums, a massive fan base, millions of views on YouTube, and numerous national TV appearances.
The Brandywiners. Ltd., Presents Ragtime
July 22–25 8 pm
One of the largest nonprofit theatrical groups in the Delaware Valley, The Brandywiners, Ltd., presents the Tony Award-winning musical Ragtime. Not only a powerful portrait of life in turn-of-the-century America, Ragtime is also a relevant tale for today. The musical intertwines the stories of three extraordinary families as they confront history’s timeless contradictions of wealth and poverty, freedom and prejudice, hope and despair, and what it means to live in America. Featuring show-stopping songs from ragtime rhythms to bold brass band marches and expansive anthems, this acclaimed musical is filled with pageantry, emotion, and hope.
Not Our First Goat Rodeo: Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer, and Chris Thile with Guest Aofie O’Donovan
August 11, 7:30 pm
An astounding group of virtuosos—Yo-Yo Ma on cello, Stuart Duncan on fiddle, Edgar Meyer on bass, and Chris Thile on mandolin—reunite live as Goat Rodeo for the first time in nearly a decade, joined by featured vocalist Aoife O’Donovan.
Rufus Wainwright and José González
August 13, 7:30 pm
Critically acclaimed powerhouse singer-songwriters Rufus Wainwright and José González each perform their unique blend of warmhearted melodies, inspiring lyrics, and exceptional musicianship.
From Bamako to Birmingham: Amadou & Mariam and Blind Boys of Alabama
August 18, 7:30 pm
From Bamako to Birmingham is a culturally satisfying fusion of Afro-pop duo Amadou & Mariam and soulful gospel group Blind Boys of Alabama that combines contemporary African sounds and African-American roots music.
Mary Chapin Carpenter
August 20, 7:30 pm
Over the course of her 30-year acclaimed career, Mary Chapin Carpenter has sold more than 15 million records; won five Grammy Awards (with 15 nominations), two CMA awards, and two Academy of Country Music awards; and is one of the only 15 female members of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. Her songs speak to the most personal of life’s details and the most universal. Carpenter's most recent release, Sometimes Just the Sky, celebrates her career and features new versions of some of her most beloved songs, plus one newly penned track.
Rhiannon Giddens with Francesco Turrisi
September 13, 7:30 pm
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.
Additional performances are being added. Tickets go on sale March 11. 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 1,100 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. Open daily, Longwood is one of more than 30 gardens in the Philadelphia region known as America’s Garden Capital. For more information, visit longwoodgardens.org.