Longwood Gardens

Longwood Gardens' vast Meadow Garden provides the set for a site-specific performance presented in partnership with Malvern-based People's Light theater company. The Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns joined the theatrical team of Lost in the Meadow in the scorching heat. The play's eight performances, created by PearlDamour (Katie Pearl and Lisa D’Amour) and Mimi Lien, run from September 9th through 19th.

Join us on Sunday, May 24th for a concert broadcast of The Crossing chamber choir, recorded live at Longwood Gardens this past April, amidst the full spring bloom at the renowned botanical gardens.

The red-hot 2014 Longwood Gardens Wine & Jazz Festival is on Saturday, June 7th, from 2 to 9 pm, and is expanding to a garden-wide experience with live jazz performances on multiple stages throughout Longwood Gardens. Jazz vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater is headliner to an outstanding lineup, including Delfeayo Marsalis Quintet, Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia, Tony Miceli Quartet, and Tom Moon's Jazz Casual.

Larry Albee

We're happy to offer a discount for all WRTI listeners to a special performance: The Philadelphia Orchestra at Longwood Gardens Meadow - A Night of Beautiful Music Under the Stars. It's on Friday, July 19th at 7:30 pm. Save $5 per ticket by using Discount Code: GARDENS13. (*Discount only applies to Friday night concert.)

WRTI's Organ Crawl Contest Winners!

Jun 14, 2013

Congratulations to John Modric of West Chester, PA, and Herbert Barndt of Pottstown, PA.  They will join other organ enthusiasts on an exclusive tour of the Longwood, Wanamaker, and Kimmel Center organs. Although the contest is over, it's not too late to experience some world-class organ performances at Longwood.

Longwood Gardens hosts its first International Organ Competition on June 18, 19, and 22. WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports on this new initiative at the botanical garden that was once a DuPont family summer home.

The competition features Longwood’s 10,010-pipe Aeolian organ, a panel of distinguished judges, and live performances by the world’s top young organists. The winner receives the world's largest organ competition prize: $40,000.

WRTI is thrilled to partner, once again, with Longwood Gardens for this year's Wine and Jazz Festival. The date is Saturday, June 1st from 12 noon to 5:30 pm. The Branford Marsalis Quartet will headline this year's festival as part of a superb lineup that will make for a full afternoon of first-class music.  Other performers include the Anat Cohen Quartet, the Alfredo Rodriguez Trio, and jazz vocalist Joanna Pascale.

Music lives among the flowers at Longwood Gardens in Chester County. As Susan Lewis reports, the performing arts have always had a home at this estate-turned-botanical garden, which spans over a thousand acres with woodlands, meadows, fountains, and, of course … gardens: 20 outside and 20 in its four-acre conservatory.

Coming up at Longwood Gardens: The Vienna Boys Choir on Thursday, March 7th. Organist David Schelat on Sunday, March 10th.

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You love music, right? So why not fill up your summer calendar now with some of these outstanding jazz and classical music performances. We'll be there, too!


ART AFTER 5 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art
Every Friday night from 5 to 8:15 pm

A conversation with landscape architect Kim Wilkie - the designer of Longwood Gardens' new East Conservatory Plaza.

Susan Lewis considers artists' self portraits and artistic identity with a visit to an exhibition at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

We speak with Robert Wittman. He writes of his years as head of the FBI's Art-Crime Team in Priceless: How I Went Undercover to Rescue the World's Stolen Treasures.

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