LIVE MUSIC: Longwood Gardens Performance Series set for October through May

A quartet from the Berlin Philharmonic is scheduled to perform pieces by Mozart, Josef Suk and Robert Schumann as part of Longwood Gardens’ Performance Series.
A quartet from the Berlin Philharmonic is scheduled to perform pieces by Mozart, Josef Suk and Robert Schumann as part of Longwood Gardens’ Performance Series. COURTESY PHOTOS
The Cristina Pato Quartet is scheduled to perform as part of Longwood Gardens’ Performance Series.
The Cristina Pato Quartet is scheduled to perform as part of Longwood Gardens’ Performance Series.

A handful of them have already sold out.

So while you still can, go to www.longwoodgardens.org and, if applicable, get your seats to these 2017-2018 Performance Series at Longwood Gardens. Except where noted, these events take place in the Ballroom. By the way, performance tickets also include all-day gardens admission.

Fall Open Organ Console Day: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Oct. 7. Have “five minutes of fame” on the Longwood Organ. Guests must be at least 5 years old to participate. Free with gardens admission. Registration is required by emailing performingarts@longwoodgardens.org.

Organ concert with Jean-Baptiste Robin: 8 p.m. Oct. 14. Tickets: $35.

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Organ concert with Eric Plutz: 3 p.m. Nov. 5. Free with gardens admission.

Organ concert with Sándor Kádár: 3 p.m. Nov. 12. Free with gardens admission.

Cristina Pato Quartet: 8 p.m. Nov. 17 Tickets: $36. Pato is known for her work with Yo-Yo Ma and the Silkroad Ensemble.

Christmas performances by local choirs and musicians: 7 and 8 p.m. Nov. 27, Dec. 4-7, 11-14 and 18-21. Free with gardens admission.

Organ concert with Edward Landin: 3 p.m. Jan. 28. Free with gardens admission.

Songbook — Steven Page and the Art of Time Ensemble: 8 p.m. Feb. 6 in Exhibition Hall. Tickets: $39. Barenaked Ladies founder Steven Page joins Toronto’s Art of Time Ensemble for a program of chamber music for the modern era.

globalFEST on the Road — The New Golden Age of Latin Music, Featuring Las Cafeteras and Orkesta Mendoza: 8 p.m. Feb. 8 in Exhibition Hall. Tickets: $36. Orkestra Mendoza is an indie mambo band and Las Cafeteras is alternative Chicano.

Sérgio & Odair Assad with Avi Avital: 8 p.m. Feb. 14. Tickets: $35. Brazilian classical guitarists (and brothers) Sérgio and Odair Assad perform with Israeli mandolin player Avi Avital.

Berlin Philharmonic Piano Quartet: 8 p.m. Feb. 16. Tickets: $35.

Curtis Institute of Music student recitals: 1 p.m. Feb. 18 and April 22. Free with gardens admission. The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia trains gifted young musicians for careers as professional performing artists. They will present solo and chamber music in these pre-graduation recitals.

Organ and flugelhorn concert with Peter Richard Conte and Andrew Ennis: 8 p.m. Feb. 23. Tickets: $35.

Organ concert with Bryan Holten: 3 p.m. March 4. Free with gardens admission.

Winter Blues Festival concert with Ruthie Foster: 8 p.m. March 16 in Exhibition Hall. Tickets: $38.

Organ concert with Neil Harmon: 1 p.m. March 18. Free with gardens admission.

Winter Blues Festival concert with Rory Block: 8 p.m. March 29. Tickets: $35.

Spring Open Organ Console Day: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. April 7. Have “five minutes of fame” on the Longwood Organ. Guests must be at least 5 years old to participate. Free with gardens admission. Registration is required by emailing performingarts@longwoodgardens.org.

University of Delaware Department of Music student recital: 1 p.m. April 8. Free with gardens admission.

Kennett Symphony: 7:30 p.m. April 15 in Exhibition Hall. Tickets: $45.

Organ concert with Alan Morrison: 8 p.m. April 21. Tickets: $35.

Brown–Urioste–Canellakis Trio: 8 p.m. May 1. Tickets: $28. Pianist Michael Brown, violinist Elena Urioste and cellist Nicholas Canellakis will present a chamber piece inspired by the gardens at Longwood.

Is there a subscription discount, or anything like that?

Longwood Gardens Preferred and Gardens Premium members receive up to 15 percent off Performance Series tickets and receive access to pre-sales.

You can also buy a three-, four- or five-ticket bundle online and save 20 percent.

How much is gardens admission?

$23, $20 for seniors 62+ and students, $12 for youths 5-18, free for children 4 and under. Note that ticket prices go up for the “A Longwood Christmas” season.

What’s the deal with all the organ concerts?

Longwood founder Pierre du Pont was an organ aficionado who, in 1930, replaced the original organ with a larger, custom-designed Aeolian model that remains in Longwood’s Conservatory. Composed of 10,010 pipes, divided into 146 ranks, the Longwood Organ is, according to the gardens’ website, the largest Aeolian organ ever constructed in a residential setting.

Where is Longwood Gardens?

The address is 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square. It’s near Route 1 in Kennett Township. As of Oct. 1, general hours will be 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays (except for Oct. 7).

I heard something about Longwood Gardens extending the Fountain Garden season. What does that mean?

After a two-year revitalization, the Main Fountain Garden returned in May with a season of fountain shows, concerts and other special events. Due to guest requests, the series of Main Fountain Garden performances has been extended from the end of September to Oct. 31.

The fountains will “perform” 12-minute shows daily at 11 a.m. and 1, 3 and 5 p.m.

During extended evening hours on Oct. 6, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27 and 28, the fountains perform at 6:30 p.m., followed by a 30-minute Illuminated Fountain Performance set to music at 7:30 p.m. On those dates, admission is via timed tickets.

Can I call Longwood Gardens?

(610) 388-1000.