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Mark Your Calendars: 6 Can’t-Miss Musical Performances at Longwood Gardens This Spring

Kennett Square’s Longwood Gardens is oft-favored for its world-class floral displays and bountiful gardens. However, the horticulture haven is also a go-to for dazzling jazz, organ, classical and world music performances. Kick off spring by heading to the warm Conservatory surrounded by blooms and listening to the likes of Grammy-winners and famed virtuosos. Here, we’ve rounded up the best musical performances offered at Longwood Gardens this season. Better yet, start reserving your tickets — stat.

Here’s a short guide to the many musical events taking place at Longwood Gardens this spring:

  • March 21, 8:00pm: Fred Hersch Trio // Accomplished composer, bandleader and theatrical conceptualist, 8-time Grammy nominee Fred Hersch will be on hand to lead his trio of skilled jazz pianists. The highly-lauded group counts their Grand prix du Disque-winning album Alive at the Vanguard among their many accolades. Reserved seating $38.
  • March 29, 3:00pm: Organ Lecture & Demo with Peter Richard Conte // Get the scoop on all things organ-related from Longwood Gardens’ Principal Organist Peter Richard Conte (you might know him from the Wanamaker organ from Center City’s Macy’s). Conte will demonstrate his decades of organ expertise on the Gardens’ 10,010 Aeolian pipe organ. Free with Gardens admission.
  • April 11, 8:00pm: The Crossing // Part of the Classical Series, The Crossing is a Philly-born twenty-four member professional chamber choir. The group will be performing Winter Light, a show inspired by light. They will also be accompanied by Thomas Mesa on the cello. Reserved seating $35.
  • April 17, 8:00pm: Mark O’Connor’s Hot Swing Trio // The Grammy Award-winner is famed for his talents as a composer, violinist and fiddler, to boot. Having won national titles on fiddle, bluegrass guitar and mandolin, O’Connor has mastered varied and multifaceted music that’s solely his own. In conjunction with the Jazz Series, the trio will be performing a range of jazz compositions. Reserved seating $40.
  • April 30, 8:00pm: Daniel Roth // Leading concert organist and virtuoso, Daniel Roth will be regaling the Longwood Gardens audience with his storied, thrilling French organ compositions. Reserved seating $40.
  • May 3, 2:30pm: Delius Society Nigel Potts & Mezzo Soprano Sarah Rose Taylor // Organist and Choirmaster of Christ & Saint Stephen’s Episcopal Church Nigel Potts will be joining forces with celebrated Mezzo Soprano Sarah Rose Taylor for an unmatched musical amalgamation. Free with Gardens admission.

Psst: Can’t pick? You can build your own concert series and save 10 percent on your ticket purchases. Simply visit Ticket Philadelphia, select the three separate shows you’d like to attend and purchase the tickets through a single transaction (only applicable for performances sold through Ticket Philadelphia). It’s like season tickets for the arts.

For more information about musical and performing arts events at Longwood Gardens, click here.