Water Music

Date & Time

Thursday, June 13, 2024 7:00 pm
Saturday, June 15, 2024 7:00 pm



Telemann Water Music, Overture
Handel Ch’io mai vi possa
Williams Sinfony
Purcell Dido’s Lament
Water Music Suite No.3 in G major, HWV 350
Montgomery Five Freedom Songs
I. My Lord, What a Morning
II. I Want to Go Home
III. Lay dis Body Down
IV. My Father, How Long?
V. The Day of Judgement

Enjoy summer with “Bridgerton” inspired outdoor concerts in beautiful gardens across the City. The concerts begin at 7 PM but audiences are welcome to arrive up to an hour before to enjoy the gardens, picnics, and drinks.

Seating Options

Enjoy the best seats, closest parking, and an exclusive cocktail reception.

Chairs are provided in the area in front of the players.

Bring a blanket and picnic from home for our most affordable option.

30 and Under Tickets – $15
Tickets available for $15 for patrons 30 years old or younger for our summer festival concerts.

$2 Community tickets are available for Southwest Neighbors & ACCESS Cardholders at Bartram’s Garden.

These performances are rain or shine.

Program Ticket Discounts for Southwest Neighbors & ACCESS Cardholders

Visiting Bartram’s Garden is free for everyone.

Most programs, tours, and events are also free. When there is a registration fee, a limited number of $2 tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis to Southwest Philadelphia neighbors as well as all ACCESS cardholders.


June 13
Bartram’s Garden, Philadelphia
5400 Lindbergh Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19143

June 15
Stoneleigh: a natural garden
1829 East County Line Road
Villanova, PA 19085

Premium Tickets at Stoneleigh: a natural garden come with on-site VIP parking.


Nathan Lofton, Conductor
Nathan enjoys an active career as a conductor, educator, and administrator. Equally experienced in leading instrumental and vocal ensembles, he currently serves as an associate conductor for The Washington Chorus; has prepared choruses for performances with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, and Philadelphia Orchestra; and has appeared as a conductor with the Chestnut Street Singers, Boston Opera Collaborative, OperaHub, and the Boston New Music Initiative. A committed educator, Lofton has taught at the University of Maryland, Temple University, and Widener University. He has held artistic and administrative positions at the Artosphere Festival, Opera Philadelphia, and the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia. Dr. Lofton holds degrees from the University of Maryland, Temple University, and New England Conservatory. His principal conducting teachers have included Jason Max Ferdinand, Edward Maclary, David Neely, and Paul Rardin, and he has participated in masterclasses with Simon Halsey, David Hayes, Helmuth Rilling, and Robert Spano.

Nathan Lofton, Conductor

Michelle Johnson, Soprano
Michelle Johnson, a soprano of extraordinary talent and acclaim, has captivated audiences worldwide with her mesmerizing performances. Read more about her background here.

Michelle Johnson, Soprano