Enchanting Sounds and Natural Wonders: Kennett Symphony’s Season of Love, Nature, and Music at Longwood Gardens

Risa HokamuraGuest Artist Risa Hokamura, violin. Photo from Young Concert Artists, taken by Matt Dine.

KENNETT SQUARE, PA — The Kennett Symphony, Chester County’s sole professional symphony orchestra, is set to open its 83rd season with a profoundly captivating concert titled “Stories of Love and Nature”. Scheduled for Sunday, October 15 at 7:30 p.m., the concert will take place in the magnificent setting of Longwood Gardens’ Exhibition Hall. This introductory event marks the beginning of an exhilarating season filled with six diverse concert offerings that promise to leave audiences spellbound.

Under the guidance of the esteemed Music Director Michael Hall and featuring the talented soloist Risa Hokamura, the season’s opening concert promises to be a sensory delight. “We are thrilled to return to Longwood Gardens and draw inspiration from the breathtaking natural beauty around us. The music we’ll perform, inspired by nature’s elements like the boundless sky and turbulent seas, is sure to resonate with our audience,” shared Michael Hall.

Risa Hokamura, the violin soloist for the concert, shared her excitement about the upcoming performance, saying, “Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 4 holds a special place in my heart due to its purity and beauty. I am eagerly looking forward to sharing this beautiful music with the audience.”

“Stories of Love and Nature” encourages guests to delve into themes of love and nature while immersed in the enchanting surroundings of Longwood Gardens. The concert features Glenn Buhr’s lighter-than-air piece, Akasha, inspired by Hindu poetry, and Sanskrit for Sky, as well as Risa Hokamura’s rendition of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Violin Concerto No.4. Additionally, the audience will be treated to Mendelssohn’s Hebrides, inspired by Scotland’s rugged islands, and Sibelius’ musical interpretation of the tragic love story of Pelleas and Melisande.

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This concert is just the beginning of what promises to be a remarkable season. The 3-concert Season Subscription includes Masterworks 2: Cultural Resonance and Masterworks 3: Symphony Under the Stars – Halls of Magic, offering subscribers special discounts on tickets to these events.

In addition to the Season Subscription concerts, the Kennett Symphony is also offering individual concerts like the Reimagined Concert Experience, Family Concert, and Mother’s Day Chamber Music. Tickets for all concerts are currently available for purchase, with the option for early access to seat selection for those who buy in advance.

The 2023-2024 season of the Kennett Symphony promises to be a melding of art, nature, and culture. Don’t miss this opportunity to experience the magic of music amidst the beauty of Longwood Gardens. For reservations, reach out to the Kennett Symphony.

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