2013-2014 Performance Series Brochure
Join us as we commemorate our artistic roots this season! Tickets go on sale for the general public starting August 16 at 10 am. Learn more at longwoodgardens.org.
Performance Series 2013–2014 100 YEARS OF ARTS The Florence Noyes Dancers at the 1915 Garden Party. 2013–2014 Performance Series Our founder Pierre S. du Pont believed in the idea of The Garden as Theatre—and we continue this vision today by presenting spectacular jazz, organ, classical, and world music performances. This year we’re introducing 12 new artists to Longwood and welcoming back the 2013 Longwood Gardens International Organ Competition winner for his debut concert on The Longwood Organ. As we look ahead, a shining summer awaits. Join us as we open our new Meadow Garden and celebrate a century of performances when our Open Air Theatre turns 100. J oin us as we commemorate our artistic roots… Get Your Seats for the Show Member Pre-sale August 12â€“15, begins at 10 am Public Sale August 16, 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 365 days of 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 Make the Most of Your Experience Dine With Us Look for the dining symbol to make a reservation for a prix-fixe, pre-performance dinner, in our fine dining restaurant, 1906. Three gourmet courses, $42. Reservations can be made via opentable.com or by calling 610.388.1000. Look for the coffee symbol to enjoy a complimentary coffee reception with the artist after select performances. Our CafĂŠ and 1906 are open daily. Check longwoodgardens.org for hours and menu. Find a Performance that Speaks to You A World of Music Series Enjoy performances by international artists from Great Britain, Italy, Ireland, Germany, Brazil, and more in this diverse series. Carillon Series Meet The Longwood Carillon, an instrument that features 62 cast bells that ring throughout our Gardens. Classical Series Our Classical Series presents some of todayâ€™s best artists performing masterworks for the piano, voice, brass, and period instruments. Jazz Series This seasonâ€™s series features both rising stars taking the jazz scene by storm and classy veterans who have set the standards. Organ Series The Longwood Organ has the distinction of being the largest residential Aeolian ever constructed and is a stunning specimen of American Art Deco organ design and engineering. Holiday Series Celebrate the sounds of the season during A Longwood Christmas which features free and ticketed holiday-inspired performances. Evening concert on stage with audience seated on Exhibition Hall floor, 1979. Beau Django Monday, October 7 Tuesday, October 8 Cécile McLorin Salvant Friday, October 18 André Watts Tuesday, October 22 2013 October A World of Music Series Classical Series Senior Days: Beau Django Monday, October 7 Tuesday, October 8 2 pm André Watts Tuesday, October 22 8 pm Organ Series One of the world’s most celebrated pianists, André Watts burst upon the music scene at the age of 16 when Leonard Bernstein chose him to make his debut with the New York Philharmonic in their Young People’s Concerts. More than 45 years later, he remains one of today’s most beloved superstars and in 2011 received the National Medal of Arts. His program will include J.S. Bach’s Partita No. 1 in B-flat Major, Beethoven’s Sonata in D Major, Op. 10, No. 3 and works by Mozart and Liszt. Dan Miller Sunday, October 13 1 pm Performance: Exhibition Hall $45 Reserved seating $38 Members Experience the sounds of gypsy jazz with South Philadelphia’s Beau Django. Featuring guitar virtuoso Andre Riege, mandolin prodigy Bryce Milano, and founder Jon Dichter, the band plays an extensive repertoire of Django Reinhardt, Stéphane Grappelli, and The Hot Club of France. Performance: The Ballroom Free with Gardens Admission Dan Miller is the Organist for St. Matthew Lutheran Church and the Artist in Residence for Bethel Congregational Church in Beaverton, Oregon. Organ Series Performance: The Ballroom Free with Gardens Admission Kevin Freaney Sunday, October 27 1 pm Jazz Series Kevin Freaney is Principal Organist of First Presbyterian Church in West Chester, PA. Cécile McLorin Salvant Friday, October 18 8 pm Performance: The Ballroom Free with Gardens Admission Heralded young jazz singer Cécile McLorin Salvant is on the cusp of American stardom. In 2010 she won the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Vocals Competition and this year released her first album, WomanChild. “McLorin Salvant has it all. If anyone can extend the lineage of... Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald, it is this virtuoso.” —New York Times Performance: The Ballroom $40 Reserved Seating $34 Members Pick 3 Performances, Save 10% Tickets: ticketphiladelphia.org / 215.893.1999 Classical Series Organ Series The Rodney Mack Philadelphia Big Brass Honoring the 200th Anniversary of Wagner & Verdi’s births Tuesday, October 29 8 pm Ahreum Han Sunday, November 10 1 pm The Rodney Mack Philadelphia Big Brass is composed of America’s top brass musicians dedicated to bringing the joyous experience of great music to a wide range of audiences. A veritable “dream team” of virtuoso brass players, members of the group have performed with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and Canadian Brass. The program will include The Ride of the Valkyries, music from Wagner’s Ring Cycle, and Verdi’s Aida and La Traviata. Performance: Exhibition Hall $35 Reserved seating $30 Members November Organ Series Peter Richard Conte Honoring the 200th Anniversary of Wagner & Verdi’s births Friday, November 8 8 pm Ahreum is the Principal Organist, Assistant Director of Music, and Artist-inResidence at First Presbyterian Church in Davenport, Iowa. Performance: The Ballroom Free with Gardens Admission A World of Music Series The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain Saturday, November 23 8 pm The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain is a group of all-singing, all-strumming Ukulele players, using instruments bought with loose change, which believes that all genres of music are available for reinterpretation, as long as they are played on the Ukulele. A performance by this orchestra is funny, virtuosic, twanging, foot-stomping, and melodious light entertainment featuring only the “bonsai guitar” and a menagerie of voices. Going from Tchaikovsky to Nirvana via Otis Redding and Spaghetti Western soundtracks, the Orchestra takes us on “a world tour with only hand luggage.” Performance: Exhibition Hall $38 Reserved seating $32 Members 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. His program will include his own transcriptions for organ of Verdi’s Overture to, ‘La Forza del Destino’, Wagner’s Siegfried’s Funeral March, and Immolation Scene from Götterdämmerung. Performance: The Ballroom $40 Reserved seating $34 Members Pick 3 Performances, Save 10% Tickets: ticketphiladelphia.org / 215.893.1999 The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain Saturday, November 23 Peter Richard Conte Friday, November 8 The Rodney Mack Philadelphia Big Brass Tuesday, October 29 Mark Oâ€™Connorâ€™s Appalachian Christmas Wednesday, December 4 Making Spirits Bright Christmas with Ann Hampton Callaway Thursday, December 5 December Holiday Series Mark O’Connor’s Appalachian Christmas Wednesday, December 4 8 pm In this holiday concert, the Grammywinning fiddler shares songs from the hills and hollows of Appalachia. Growing up in the O’Connor musical household, Christmas time was a wondrous mixture of Christmas carols and traditional American music—and that is the spirit of Mark O’Connor’s critically acclaimed album An Appalachian Christmas. Performance: The Ballroom $42 Reserved seating $36 Members Holiday Series Making Spirits Bright Christmas with Ann Hampton Callaway Thursday, December 5 8 pm Ann Hampton Callaway is one of the finest singer-songwriters of our time. She dazzles music lovers as a singer, pianist, composer, lyricist, arranger, actress, and educator. She is best known for starring in the Broadway musical Swing and wrote and sang the theme song for the hit TV series The Nanny. Performance: The Ballroom $42 Reserved seating $36 Members Free Holiday Performance Highlights A Longwood Christmas On view Nov. 28, 2013– Jan. 12, 2014 Cor Cymraeg Rehoboth/ Rehoboth Welsh Choir Tuesday, December 10 7 & 8 pm The Forty Niners Chorus Wednesday, December 11 7 & 8 pm Cherokee High School Chamber Choir Tuesday, December 17 7 & 8 pm Nothing But Treble Thursday, December 19 7 & 8 pm All free holiday performances take place in the Ballroom. 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. Stay connected and informed about A Longwood Christmas by subscribing to our email list on our homepage at longwoodgardens.org. Pick 3 Performances, Save 10% Tickets: ticketphiladelphia.org / 215.893.1999 2014 February Jazz Series Organ Series Marcus Roberts Trio Saturday, February 1 8 pm Isabelle Demers Saturday, February 22 8 pm Founded in 1995, the Marcus Roberts Trio is known for its virtuosic style—a style that is strongly rhythmic, melodic, and filled with dynamic contrast. This trio has an entirely new approach to jazz trio performance. It’s truly organic. Joining pianist Roberts are bassist Rodney Jordan and the uniquely talented Jason Marsalis on drums. “We call him the ‘genius of the modern piano,’ because he is.” —Wynton Marsalis, Artistic Director of Jazz at Lincoln Center. Isabelle Demers is Organ Professor and Head of the Organ Program at Baylor University in Texas. A native of Québec, she is rapidly becoming recognized as one of North America’s most virtuosic organists. Her concert at the 2010 National Convention of the American Guild of Organists, in Washington, D.C., was received with great acclaim not only by critics, who deemed it “one of the most outstanding events of the convention” (The American Organist), but also by the standing-room-only audience, which called her back five times. Performance: The Ballroom $42 Reserved seating $36 Members Performance: The Ballroom $35 Reserved seating $30 Members Classical Series Venice Baroque Orchestra Thursday, February 20 8 pm Founded in 1997 by Baroque scholar and harpsichordist Andrea Marcon, Venice Baroque Orchestra is one of the premier ensembles devoted to period instrument performance. The orchestra has received wide critical acclaim for its concert and opera performances throughout the world. The program will include Antonio Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons. Organ Series Steven McBride Sunday, February 23 1 pm Steven McBride is the Director of Music Ministries at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in King of Prussia, PA. Performance: The Ballroom Free with Gardens Admission Performance: Exhibition Hall $42 Reserved seating $36 Members Pick 3 Performances, Save 10% Tickets: ticketphiladelphia.org / 215.893.1999 Venice Baroque Orchestra Thursday, February 20 Isabelle Demers Saturday, February 22 Marcus Roberts Trio Saturday, February 1 Cherish the Ladies Friday, February 28 2014 Philadelphia Flamenco Festival Saturday, March 1 Curtis Student Recitals Sunday, March 2 Sunday, April 6 Sunday, May 4 Max Raabe & Palast Orchester Thursday, March 6 A World of Music Series Classical Series Cherish the Ladies Friday, February 28 8 pm Curtis Student Recitals Sunday, March 2 Sunday, April 6 Sunday, May 4 1 pm One of the most highly regarded and sought-after Irish-American groups in Celtic music, the all-female collective Cherish the Ladies formed in the early ‘90s. The group’s heady blend of stellar musicianship, breathtaking singing, and lively step dancing won them fans all over the world. Performance: Exhibition Hall $40 Reserved seating $34 Members March A World of Music Series 2014 Philadelphia Flamenco Festival Saturday, March 1 1 & 4 pm Cómplices, choreographed by world renowned Flamenco artist Rosario Toledo, kicks off the 2014 Philadelphia Flamenco Festival. This original work, danced by Philly’s own Pasión y Arte, includes live musical accompaniment for a fully immersive experience, twice in one day. Performance: Exhibition Hall Free with Gardens Admission 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 A World of Music Series Max Raabe & Palast Orchester Thursday, March 6 8 pm Slick and nostalgic, yet unmistakably modern, Germany’s Max Raabe & Palast Orchester debut at Longwood Gardens. The ever-elegant, debonair Raabe and his 12-piece orchestra embody the halcyon days of 1920s and 30s Weimar Berlin in all its high style and musical glory. It’s all there—dance hall songs, couplets, Cuban rumbas, happy foxtrots, and stylish tangos, as Raabe in his perfect tux captures the essence of the cabaret singer, the bel canto hero, the falsetto of ragtime, and the timbre of early pre-war jazz. The Broadway musical Cabaret was just an invention—this show is history! Performance: Exhibition Hall $40 Reserved seating $34 Members Pick 3 Performances, Save 10% Tickets: ticketphiladelphia.org / 215.893.1999 Organ Series A World of Music Series Brian Jones Sunday, March 9 1 pm Assad Family Sunday, March 30 7:30 pm Organist Brian Jones is Emeritus Director of Music and Organist at Trinity Church, Copley Square, Boston (1984–2004). Legendary classical guitarists Sérgio and Odair Assad—known as the Assad Brothers—are joined by their sisters and are performing as a quintet. This Brazilianborn family is known for their guitar innovation, ingenuity, and expression. The band presents a concert that blends classical music with their Brazilian heritage. Performance: The Ballroom Free with Gardens Admission Classical Series Van Cliburn Gold Medalist: Vadym Kholodenko Tuesday, March 18 8 pm Winner of the coveted gold medal at the Fourteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, Vadym Kholodenko captured the attention of jury, audience, and critics alike for “mesmerizing and exhilarating” performances that brought the crowd to their feet,“[cheering] him like a rock star” (Cincinnati Enquirer). Born in Kiev, Vadym Kholodenko made his first appearances in the United States, China, Hungary, and Croatia at the age of 13. Performance: The Ballroom $25 Reserved seating $21 Members Organ Series Andrew Senn Sunday, March 23 1 pm Organist Andrew Senn is Director of Music and Organist at The First Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia. Performance: The Ballroom Free with Gardens Admission Performance: Exhibition Hall $38 Reserved seating $32 Members April Classical Series Anonymous 4 Grace and Glory Thursday, April 3 8 pm Renowned for their unearthly vocal blend and virtuosic ensemble singing, the four women of Anonymous 4 combine historical scholarship with contemporary performance intuition. Anonymous 4 travels from old world to new: the first half of this program contains motets & chansons from 13th-century France, and the second half is a collection of American traditional hymns and songs. Performance: The Ballroom $40 Reserved seating $34 Members Pick 3 Performances, Save 10% Tickets: ticketphiladelphia.org / 215.893.1999 Anonymous 4 Thursday, April 3 Vadym Kholodenko Tuesday, March 18 Assad Family Sunday, March 30 New York Voices Thursday, April 17 Benjamin Sheen Friday, May 2 Jazz Series Carillon Concert: New York Voices Thursday, April 17 8 pm Doug Gefvert Sunday, May 11 3 pm This Grammy Award winning vocal group is celebrating 25 years in music. The New York Voices are known for their closeknit voicings, inspired arrangements, and unparalleled vocal blend. Their interests are rooted in jazz, but often Brazilian, R&B, classical, and pop influences are infused with equal creativity and authenticity. Doug Gefvert is the Chapel Carillonneur at Washington Memorial National Carillon, Washington Memorial Chapel, Valley Forge Performance: The Ballroom $42 Reserved seating $36 Members May Performance: Chimes Tower Free with Gardens Admission Carillon Concert: Lisa Lonie Sunday, May 18 3 pm Lisa Lonie is the Carillonneur at St. Thomasâ€™ Church, Whitemarsh, Pennsylvania and Princeton University Performance: Chimes Tower Free with Gardens Admission Organ Series Benjamin Sheen Friday, May 2 8 pm In June 2013, Benjamin Sheen, 23, was crowned the winner of the Longwood Gardens International Organ Competition receiving the Pierre S. du Pont First Prize of $40,000 and a contract with Phillip Truckenbrod Concert Artists. Sheen is a Juilliard School masters graduate studying with Paul Jacobs, a graduate of Oxford University with a first-class honors degree in music, and is increasingly gaining recognition as an international concert organist. He is a fellow of the Royal College of Organists and a recipient of the prestigious Worshipful Company of Musicians Silver Medal for 2011. Performance: The Ballroom $25 Reserved seating $21 Members Pick 3 Performances, Save 10% Tickets: ticketphiladelphia.org / 215.893.1999 Open Air Theatre 100th Anniversary Celebration Summer 2014 This June our Open Air Theatre celebrates a century of fountains and performing arts! Over the past 100 years hundreds of musical, dance, and theater performances have graced the Open Air Theatre stage. Join us for special performances to commemorate this milestone as we celebrate our artistic roots. Our Open Air Theatre was inspired by the Villa Gori Garden Theatre near Siena, Italy. The Open Air Theatre debuted with a performance of period dances followed by garden party dance music for guests provided by a local military band on June 24, 1914. Tickets and details coming soon to longwoodgardens.org. The Brandywiners perform Princess Ida in the Open Air Theatre, 1935. 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 2, 2013 Sunday–Thursday, 9 am–6 pm Friday & Saturday, 9 am–10 pm For Your Convenience Longwood Gardens covers many acres. There are no shuttles within the Gardens. We’re happy to offer the following: September 3, 2013–November 27, 2013 9 am–6 pm –– Non-motorized wheelchairs, electric scooters, and children’s strollers are available on a first-come basis for a fee. Supply limited, reservations not accepted. November 28, 2013–January 12, 2014 A Longwood Christmas 9 am–10 pm January 13, 2014–May 23, 2014 9 am–6 pm Hours are subject to change. Gardens Admission: Tickets purchased for any performance include Gardens Admission. Just visiting the Gardens? Plan your visit and purchase timed tickets in advance at longwoodgardens.org. –– Rentals are free for Members, but Member guests will be charged a fee. –– Scooters are not available during rainy, snowy, or freezing weather. Become a Member Make our world yours—become a Member today. Membership pays for itself in two visits, and means 365 days of access to our Gardens, exclusive discounts, Members-only events, and much more. Dining at The Terrace The Terrace is a Certified Green Restaurant through the Green Restaurant Association and offers two dining experiences, open daily. Stay Connected The Café Enjoy casual fare made from fresh seasonal ingredients. Join in the conversation & “Like” us on Facebook at Facebook.com/LongwoodGardens 1906 Savor this artful, full-service dining experience. Reservations made via opentable.com or call 610.388.1000. Phone: 610.388.1000 Website: longwoodgardens.org Group Visits & Private Events Groups and private events are welcome in the Gardens. Phone: 610.388.5223 email: firstname.lastname@example.org Photography credits: Larry Albee, Longwood Gardens, and Daniel Traub longwoodgardens.org Longwood Gardens P.O. Box 501 Kennett Square, PA 19348 Deliver to: West Chester, PA Permit No. 474 PAID Non-Profit Organization US Postage