Can't wait for Saturday's Wine & Jazz festivities? Start your fun early with a special nighttime Wine & Jazz All Stars performance in our beautiful Open Air Theatre on Friday, June 1, 2018. We bring together our powerhouse Wine & Jazz Festival performers to create a one-of-a-kind, never-before-seen musical experience. Hear Jazzmeia Horn (vocals) and Delfeayo Marsalis (trombone) with Wine & Jazz alumni Cyrus Chestnut (piano) and Terell Stafford (trumpet), as they join together for the first time in this special concert. Other Wine & Jazz alumni are being added to this event to make it truly special. Be a part of this unique musical moment that won't be available during Saturday's Wine & Jazz Festival offerings--or perhaps ever again. After the performance, enjoy reserved seating overlooking the Main Fountain Garden for a special 30-minute Illuminated Fountain Performance.
Rhiannon Giddens has a remarkable voice and remarkable musical taste. In 2013, stole the show at T Bone Burnett's "Another Day, Another Time" concert in NYC. According to the New York Times, her performance of Odetta's "Water Boy, had "the fervor of a spiritual, the yips of a folk holler, and the sultry insinuation of the blues." She brought the audience to its feet. Many concert goers were unfamiliar with her Grammy Award-winning work as a member of African-American folk interpreters Carolina Chocolate Drops, her elegant bearing, prodigious voice, and fierce spirit. She performed for President Obama and the First Lady on "A White House Tribute to Gospel," along with Aretha Franklin and Emmylou Harris; the program was televised on PBS. She dueted with country superstar Eric Church on his powerful anti-racism song "Kill a Word;" the two have performed the song on "The Tonight Show" and the CMA Awards, among other programs. Giddens received the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Singer of the Year and has won the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Bluegrass and Banjo in 2016.
Lifestyle expert, garden guru, and author Martha Stewart will be appearing at Longwood this June. She and Kevin Sharkey, executive vice president and executive director of design for the Martha Stewart Brand, will share expert flower growing, gathering, and arranging insights from the newly released Martha's Flowers: A Practical Guide to Growing, Gathering, and Enjoying.
Singer and actress Audra McDonald is unparalleled in the breadth and versatility of her artistry. The winner of a record-breaking six Tony Awards, two Grammy Awards, and an Emmy Award, McDonald was named one of Time magazine's 100 most influential people of 2015 and received a 2015 National Medal of Arts--America's highest honor for achievement in the arts--from President Obama. McDonald makes her debut at Longwood Gardens with this performance.
Winning her record-breaking sixth Tony for her portrayal of Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill, Broadway legend Audra McDonald made theater history. By the way three of those Tonys came before the age of 30. McDonald is frequently compared to legendary performers Judy Garland and Barbra Streisand. In addition to her theatrical work she maintains a major career as a concert and recording artist appearing regularly on many of the great stages of the world.
One of the all stars of the indie family music scene, Justin Roberts has been creating the soundtrack to families' lives for nearly 20 years. Roberts' music helps kids navigate the joys and sorrows of growing up and helps parents remember their own childhoods. Get ready for an engaging, entertaining time with Justin Roberts and the Not Ready for Naptime Players.
The Delaware Symphony Orchestra, led by David Amado, features dazzling violinist Jennifer Koh in an evening of Mendelssohn and Brahms. Known for her intense and commanding performances, Koh joins the Delaware Symphony Orchestra on Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64, one of the greatest violin concertos of all time and his last major orchestral work.