2014-2015 Performance Series Brochure
Outstanding jazz, organ, classical, and world music performances in the stunning surroundings of Longwood Gardens is unlike any other concert going experience. This season includes 11 world-class artists making their Longwood debut, with Grammy Award-winning talents that you know and love, exciting up and- coming performers, and artists from around the globe. Come experience the arts among the art of horticulture. Learn more at longwoodgardens.org or call 610.388.1000.
15 0 2 – 2014 ormance Perf s Serie GARDEN. VARIETY. 2014â€“2015 Performance Series Outstanding jazz, organ, classical, and world music performances in the stunning surroundings of Longwood Gardens is unlike any other concertgoing experience. This season includes 11 world-class artists making their Longwood debut, with Grammy Award-winning talents that you know and love, exciting upand-coming performers, and artists from around the globe. Come experience the arts among the art of horticulture. Get Your Seats For the Show Member Pre-sale August 11â€“14, sale begins at 10 am Public Sale August 15, sale begins at 10 am Member Discount Members save up to 15% off regular ticket prices and receive reduced ticketing fees on Ticket Philadelphia purchases. Members, your discount code is on the back cover of this brochure. Members also enjoy year-round access to our Gardens, Members-only events, shopping and dining discounts, and more. Pick 3, Save 10% Build your own concert series and save 10%. This discount can be applied when tickets to three separate performances are purchased in one transaction. Discount applies to performances sold through Ticket Philadelphia only. How to Buy Tickets Tickets are sold via Ticket Philadelphia unless otherwise noted. Tickets purchased for any performance include Gardens Admission. Ticket Philadelphia ticketphiladelphia.org 215.893.1999 Enhance Your Experience Dine With Us ook for the dining symbol to make a reservation for a prix-fixe, pre-performance L dinner in our fine dining restaurant, 1906. Three gourmet courses, $44. Reservations can be made via opentable.com or by calling 610.388.1000. ook for the coffee symbol to enjoy a complimentary coffee reception with the L artist after select performances. The Terrace Restaurant is open daily. Check longwoodgardens.org for hours and menu. Performances for Everyone A World of Music Series Artists from Mexico, Spain, Ireland, Zimbabwe, and regions closer to home take center stage this season. Classical Series Our series includes a YouTube superstar who garnered more than 60 million views, original programs created just for our audience, newly discovered pieces from the 20th century, and classical masterworks for piano, guitar, chorus, and string quartet. Holiday Series Celebrate the sounds of the season during A Longwood Christmas featuring free and ticketed holiday-inspired performances. Jazz Series This year we welcome all newcomers to our Jazz Series, but they are not new to jazz fans who know these artists are quickly becoming the standard bearers of today. Organ Series With 10,010 pipes divided into 146 ranks, the Longwood Organ is the largest Aeolian organ ever constructed for a residential setting. We continue to share our founder Pierre S. du Pontâ€™s love of organ music by presenting concerts and holiday sing-alongs each year. October 2014 Organ Series Steve Schreiber Sunday, October 5 1 pm Organist Steve Schreiber is Music Director and Organist at Trinity Church in Ambler, Pennsylvania. Performance: The Ballroom Free with Gardens Admission Classical Series Dublin Guitar Quartet Tuesday, October 21 8 pm Described as a “quartet with a difference” by the Irish Times, the Dublin Guitar Quartet is a one-of-a-kind classical guitar ensemble in the chamber music world. It is the first classical guitar quartet devoted to new music. Audiences can expect an entertaining and completely novel concert experience featuring music of Arvo Pärt, John Tavener, and others. Performance: The Ballroom $35 Reserved Seating $30 Members * A Longwood Debut Performance Jazz Series Cyrus Chestnut Trio Thursday, October 30 8 pm Chestnut continually tours with his trio, playing at jazz festivals around the world as well as clubs and concert halls. His leadership and prowess as a soloist has also led him to be a first call for the piano chair in many big bands including the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and the Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Big Band. Performance: The Ballroom $38 Reserved Seating $32 Members * A Longwood Debut Performance Pick 3 Performances, Save 10% Tickets: ticketphiladelphia.org / 215.893.1999 Dublin Guitar Quartet Tuesday, October 21 Cyrus Chestnut Trio Thursday, October 30 Steve Schreiber Sunday, October 5 Amy Grant Thursday, June 27 Peter Richard Conte Thursday, November 13 Magos & Lim贸n Friday, November 21 Valentina Lisitsa Saturday, November 22 November Organ Series Peter Richard Conte Thursday, November 13 8 pm Peter Richard Conte is Principal Organist of The Longwood Organ and Grand Court Organist of the world famous Wanamaker Organ at the Macy’s department store in Philadelphia. Conte was appointed Grand Court Organist in 1989, and is only the fourth person to hold that title since the organ first played in 1911. His program will include Bizet’s Suite from Carmen and Elgar’s Enigma Variations. Performance: The Ballroom $35 Reserved Seating $30 Members Organ Series Wesley Parrott Sunday, November 16 1 pm Wesley Parrott is Organist at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Performance: The Ballroom Free with Gardens Admission A World of Music Series Magos & Limón Friday, November 21 8 pm Experience the brilliant style of flamencojazz when the Mexican singer, Magos Herrera and the Spanish guitarist, composer, and producer, Javier Limón revitalize the sounds of American jazz with Latin tradition. Performance: The Ballroom $30 Reserved Seating $25 Members * A Longwood Debut Performance Classical Series Valentina Lisitsa Saturday, November 22 8 pm Valentina Lisitsa is the first classical pianist to convert her internet success into a global concert career. With more than 62 million clicks and more than 100,000 subscribers on YouTube, she has performed in the principal venues of Europe, the USA, South America, and Asia. Performance: The Ballroom $42 Reserved Seating $36 Members * A Longwood Debut Performance Pick 3 Performances, Save 10% Tickets: ticketphiladelphia.org / 215.893.1999 December Holiday Series Solas Presents A Celtic Christmas Wednesday, December 3 8 pm Solas burst onto the Irish music scene 15 years ago and instantly became a inspirationâ€”an incandescent ensemble that found contemporary relevance in timeless traditions. Through fresh and unexpected arrangements of age-old tunes, compelling and topical originals and covers, and unparalleled musicianship, Solas continues to define the path for the Celtic music world and drive the genre forward. Performance: The Ballroom $40 Reserved Seating $34 Members Holiday Series Free Holiday Performance Highlights A Longwood Christmas On View November 27â€“January 11, 2015 Brandywine Harp Orchestra Tuesday, December 2 7 & 8 pm Chester County Choral Society Wednesday, December 10 7 & 8 pm A Cappella Pops Tuesday, December 16 7 & 8 pm Wilmington Handbell Ensemble Wednesday, December 17 7 & 8 pm Haddonfield Memorial High School Madrigal Singers Tuesday, December 23 7 & 8 pm Christmas with the Canadian Brass Thursday, December 4 8 pm A Longwood Christmas features free organ sing-a-longs and performances daily. Our complete free holiday performance calendar is coming soon and will be available at longwoodgardens.org. The game-changing brass quintet Canadian Brass has performed in virtually every major concert hall in the world, been seen by hundreds of millions of people on television, sold 2 million albums worldwide, and contributed nearly 600 new works and arrangements to the brass quintet repertoire. The group is almost single-handedly responsible for elevating the art of the brass quintet to what it is today. Stay connected and informed about A Longwood Christmas: Performance: The Ballroom $42 Reserved Seating $36 Members * A Longwood Debut Performance Pick 3 Performances, Save 10% Tickets: ticketphiladelphia.org / 215.893.1999 Christmas with the Canadian Brass Thursday, December 4 Solas Presents A Celtic Christmas Wednesday, December 3 Amy Grant Thursday, June 27 Sweet Honey in the Rock Friday, January 16 Hector Olivera Thursday, February 12 Oâ€™Connor Quartet Thursday, February 19 January 2015 February A World of Music Series Organ Series Sweet Honey in the Rock Friday, January 16 8 pm Tim Evers Sunday, February 1 1 pm Sweet Honey in the Rock® is a Grammy Award-winning a cappella group celebrating their 40th anniversary. In five-part harmony, this all-woman, African American ensemble delights audiences with their expression of cultural pride through song, dance, and sign language. Tim Evers is Organist at Wayne Presbyterian Church in Wayne, Pennsylvania. Performance: Exhibition Hall $42 Reserved Seating $36 Members Organ Series * A Longwood Debut Performance Maestro Hector Olivera is a passionate, gifted, and unique musician, whose personal interpretations of both classical and popular music have amazed and delighted audiences around the world. Many organ aficionados claim that he is one of the greatest organists in the world today. Performance: The Ballroom Free with Gardens Admission * A Longwood Debut Performance A World of Music Series Oliver Mtukudzi and the Black Spirits Saturday, January 31 8 pm One of Africa’s musical giants who is loved worldwide, Oliver Mtukudzi is one of Zimbabwe’s most successful artists. Commonly referred to as ‘Tuku’, this guitarist, singer, and songwriter, along with his band the Black Spirits combine a variety of musical backgrounds and perform with a distinct style. Performance: Exhibition Hall $35 Reserved Seating $30 Members * A Longwood Debut Performance Hector Olivera Thursday, February 12 8 pm Performance: The Ballroom $40 Reserved Seating $34 Members Classical Series O’Connor Quartet Thursday, February 19 8 pm Violinists Mark O’Connor and Kelly Hall, violist Gillian Gallagher, and cellist Patrice Jackson, make up one of the most talented and exciting string quartets on the scene. The concert will include O’Connor’s String Quartet No. 3 “Old Time” and other selections of American music. Performance: The Ballroom $40 Reserved Seating $34 Members Pick 3 Performances, Save 10% Tickets: ticketphiladelphia.org / 215.893.1999 Classical Series Curtis Student Recitals Sunday, February 22 Sunday, April 19 1 pm The Curtis Institute of Music 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. Performance: The Ballroom Free with Gardens Admission March Organ Series Michael Stairs & Rudy Lucente: Organ & Piano Concert Sunday, March 1 1 pm Michael Stairs is organist for the Philadelphia Orchestra, and Rudy Lucente is both an Assistant Organist at the Grand Court Organ in Philadelphia and a holiday organist at Longwood Gardens. Lucente will be performing on piano for this concert. Jazz Series Anat Cohen Quartet Saturday, February 28 8 pm Clarinetist-saxophonist Anat Cohen returns to Longwood after wowing the 2013 Wine & Jazz Festival crowd. Cohen has been voted Clarinetist of the Year seven years in a row by the Jazz Journalists Association and topped the critics and readers polls in DownBeat magazine. “Cohen not only proved to be a woodwind revelation of dark tones and delicious lyricism, but also a dynamic bandleader who danced and shouted out encouragement to her group…” —DownBeat Magazine. Performance: The Ballroom $40 Reserved Seating $34 Members Performance: The Ballroom Free with Gardens Admission A World of Music Series Danú Thursday, March 5 8 pm Hailing from historic County Waterford, Danú is one of the leading traditional Irish ensembles of today. Recognized around the world for their standing-room only appearances, their high-energy performance features a glorious mix of ancient Irish music and new repertoire. The dramatic sound and vibrancy of the performance increases exponentially as two former members of the ensemble join the group during the March 2015 American tour in celebration of the ensemble’s 20th anniversary. Performance: Exhibition Hall $40 Reserved Seating $34 Members Pick 3 Performances, Save 10% Tickets: ticketphiladelphia.org / 215.893.1999 Anat Cohen Quartet Saturday, February 28 Curtis Student Recitals Sunday, February 22 Sunday, April 19 DanĂş Thursday, March 5 The Crossing Saturday, April 11 Open Organ Console Day Saturday, April 11 Fred Hersch Trio Saturday, March 21 Jazz Series Fred Hersch Trio Saturday, March 21 8 pm Proclaimed by Vanity Fair magazine, “the most arrestingly innovative pianist in jazz over the last decade or so,” 6-time Grammy nominee Fred Hersch balances his internationally recognized instrumental skills with significant achievements as a composer, bandleader, and theatrical conceptualist. Hersch is the leader of the illustrious Fred Hersch Trio whose Alive at the Vanguard won the Grand Prix du Disque from the Académie Charles Cros in France. Performance: The Ballroom $38 Reserved Seating $32 Members * A Longwood Debut Performance Organ Series Organ Lecture and Demo: Peter Richard Conte Sunday, March 29 3 pm Enjoy a free organ demonstration and insight into Longwood’s magnificent 10,010 pipe Aeolian organ from Longwood Gardens Principal Organist Peter Richard Conte. Performance: The Ballroom Free with Gardens Admission April Organ Series Open Organ Console Day Saturday, April 11 9:30 am–12:30 pm Ever want to play the Longwood Organ? Register for your five minutes of fame on The Longwood Organ. Registration begins with the season pre-sale on August 11. Guests are also welcome to join us in the audience for a morning of music. Performance: The Ballroom Free with Gardens Admission Registration required by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Time slots are limited. Classical Series The Crossing Saturday, April 11 8 pm The Crossing, a professional chamber choir from Philadelphia, presents an evening focusing on the theme of light. Featuring works for cello and choir by John Tavener and Santa Ratniece, the performance will also include work by Eriks Esenvalds, whose memorable music mixes tuned water glasses with vocals. Performance: Exhibition Hall $35 Reserved Seating $30 Members * A Longwood Debut Performance Pick 3 Performances, Save 10% Tickets: ticketphiladelphia.org / 215.893.1999 Jazz Series Mark O’Connor’s Hot Swing Trio Friday, April 17 8 pm Grammy Award-winning violinist, composer, and fiddler Mark O’Connor returns for his second performance of the year to showcase the wide variety of his expertise. O’Connor incorporates many musical styles and genres into a sound that is uniquely his own. “Hot Swing” celebrates acoustic string jazz in new and exciting ways. Performance: Exhibition Hall $40 Reserved Seating $34 Members May Organ Series Delius Society: Organ recital Organist Nigel Potts with Mezzo Soprano Sarah Rose Taylor Sunday, May 3 2:30 pm Respected musician Nigel Potts, who is Organist and Choirmaster of Christ & Saint Stephen’s Episcopal Church in New York City, performs with the world renowned Mezzo Soprano, Sarah Rose Taylor. Performance: The Ballroom Free with Gardens Admission Organ Series Daniel Roth Thursday, April 30 8 pm Daniel Roth is Titular Organist at St. Sulpice, the famous Paris church where his predecessors are Charles-Marie Widor, Marcel Dupré and Jean-Jacques Grunenwald. Renowned for his brilliant interpretations of organ literature and for his thrilling improvisations, Roth has concertized extensively across the globe earning the Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur, Officier des Arts et Letters, and he was named an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Organists. Save the date: Performance: The Ballroom $40 Reserved Seating $34 Members Saturday, June 6 Tickets on sale in March, 2015. * A Longwood Debut Performance Pick 3 Performances, Save 10% Tickets: ticketphiladelphia.org / 215.893.1999 Mark Oâ€™Connorâ€™s Hot Swing Trio Friday, April 17 Delius Society: Organ recital Organist Nigel Potts with Mezzo Soprano, Sarah Rose Taylor Sunday, May 3 Daniel Roth Thursday, April 30 Coming Soon: Organ Competition Documentary An exciting endeavor took place in our Gardens during the 2013 Longwood Gardens International Organ Competition. With the support of generous sponsors and the vision of established filmmaker and producer Eric Schultz of PCK Media, a one-hour documentary was made chronicling the journey of the 10 finalists and the orchestration of the International Organ Competition. The documentary tells the story of how the 10 competitors prepared for and then dealt with the grueling pressures of the competition. Viewers will see that the organ continues to be an important instrument, and that Longwood Gardens is propelling the art form forward while it helps develop the next generation of musicians. This documentary captured the Competition onstage and behind-thescenes as the drama unfolded leading up to the announcement of the winner of the Pierre S. du Pont First Prize of $40,000 and a contract with Phillip Truckenbrod Concert Artists. A premier date will be announced soon. Visit longwoodgardens.org for updates. Seating Charts Exhibition Hall Seating Stage Handicapped Seating Area Left Section Handicapped Seating Area Center Section Right Section Handicapped Seating Area Stage Handicapped Seating Area Organ Organ Organ Series Seating Ballroom Seating Gardens Information Gardens Hours Now–September 1, 2014 Sunday–Thursday, 9 am–6 pm Friday & Saturday, 9 am–10 pm September 2, 2014–November 26, 2014 9 am–6 pm November 27, 2014–January 11, 2015 A Longwood Christmas 9 am–10 pm January 12, 2015–May 31, 2015 9 am–6 pm Hours are subject to change. Rentals Private events are welcome in the Gardens. 610.388.5223 email@example.com For Your Convenience Longwood Gardens covers many acres. We’re happy to offer the following: –– Non-motorized wheelchairs, electric scooters, and children’s strollers. Limited supply available. –– Rentals are free for Members, but Member guests will be charged a fee. Gardens Admission: Tickets purchased for any performance include Gardens Admission. –– Scooters are not available during rainy, snowy, or freezing weather. Just visiting the Gardens? Plan your visit and purchase timed tickets in advance at longwoodgardens.org. Become a Member Make our world yours—become a Member today. Membership pays for itself in two visits, and means year-round access to our Gardens, exclusive discounts, Members-only events, and much more. Dining at The Terrace The Terrace, open daily, is a Certified Green Restaurant through the Green Restaurant Association and offers two dining experiences: Stay Connected The Café Enjoy casual fare made from fresh seasonal ingredients. 1906 Savor this artful, full-service dining experience. Reservations made via opentable.com or call 610.388.1000. Group Visits & Private Events Groups are welcome in the Gardens. Discounted rates available for groups of 15 paying guests or more with advance booking. 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