Peter Richard Conte, Longwood Gardens Principal Organist and the long-time organist of the Wanamaker Grand Court Organ at Macy's in Philadelphia, presents a program featuring transcriptions of Giacomo Puccini's Quando m'en vo' and O mio babbino caro for flugelhorn and organ, as well as arrangements for organ four-hands with Andrew Ennis, flugelhorn player and organist.
Lurrie Bell's intense guitar playing and passionate vocals have made him a favorite at clubs and festivals around the world and have earned him a reputation as one of the "leading lights" in the future of the blues. He has appeared on over 50 recordings either as leader or featured sideman and received numerous awards and honors, including Male Blues Artist of the Year (2008, 2012) in Living Blues magazine.
A recent doctoral graduate of Eastman Conservatory of Music, Bryan Holten was most recently the Associate Minister of Music at the Wayne Presbyterian Church in Wayne, PA, where he directed two handbell choirs and a chamber orchestra, and accompanied the adult choirs (including the Wayne Oratorio Society).
Five-time Blues Award-winner Ruthie Foster joins the lineup for Longwood's first-ever Winter Blues Festival. Known for her soulful vocal and skilled guitar riffs, Foster is often described as "a warm and engaging performer" by Rolling Stone Magazine.
Grammy-nominated Ruthie Foster's songs are a remarkable hybrid of blues, gospel, roots and folk music. Foster grew up in rural Texas singing in her church choir, served a tour of duty with the U.S. Navy Band, and ended up in New York City with a major-label development deal that unexpectedly went sour. After taking a break from her professional career and returning to Texas to care for her ailing mother, she began performing again and won Austin Music Awards for Best Folk Artist and Best Female Vocalist.
Play the king of instruments and enjoy your five minutes of fame on The Longwood Organ. Audience members are also welcome. Guests must be at least 5 years of age to participate. Registration required by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org