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Rose & the Nightingale to Perform at Botanic Garden

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden Announces First Concert in 12 Years
Critically Acclaimed, Internationally Renowned Musicians to Perform “Spirit of the Garden” Program

May 15, 2012

Joni Kelly, SBBG Communications Manager

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Santa Barbara Botanic Garden Announces First Concert in 12 Years
Critically Acclaimed, Internationally Renowned Musicians to Perform “Spirit of the Garden” Program
Santa Barbara, CA – Tuesday, May 15, 2012
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Rose & the Nightingale, a powerhouse quartet of female multi-instrumentalists celebrating the sublimity of gardens through poetry and song, perform a very special benefit concert series, "The Spirit of the Garden" in support of the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden. The Santa Barbara premier of the group will be part of an exclusive, intimate reception with the ensemble performing amidst the stunning displays of wildflowers in the Garden’s Meadow on Friday, June 15 at 5:30pm. Tickets are $135 and include heavy hors d’oeuvres and wine, along with a special preview of the Garden’s new art installation. They can be purchased at www.sbbg.org or by calling 805-682-4726 ext. 102. Space is limited to just 80 people for this performance.

Rose & the Nightingale will also perform two shows at the Center Stage Theater on Saturday, June 16 at 8:00pm and on Sunday, June 17 at 2:00pm ~ tickets are $40 and available through the box office at 805-963-0408 or visit www.centerstagetheater.org. Proceeds from all three performances benefit the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden.

This concert marks the return of live music at the Garden for the first time in 12 years and the evening event will include plentiful hors d’oeuvres along with wine provided by local wineries. In addition to the performance by Rose & the Nightingale, the reception celebrates “Summer Art in the Garden,” a new 90-day installation of garden-inspired, native California plant stained-glass murals by Santa Cruz-based artist, Kathleen Crocetti. More than 10 of the artist’s works will be featured throughout the Meadow and Porter Trail sections of the Garden ~ several of the pieces greater than ten feet across. This exhibit will run from June 15th through Labor Day and is free with Garden admission.
Rose & the Nightingale is a New York City-based quartet of world-class improvising vocalists and instrumentalists, creating beautiful and unique genre-defying music, full of melody, harmony, and energetic expression. Rose & the Nightingale's current concert, “The Spirit of the Garden,” blurs the boundaries of world music, folk, art song, and jazz improvisation. This unique program integrates poetry about gardens and the nexus of spirituality and nature as the lyrics to the songs, as inspiration for improvised interludes, and as thematic threads throughout the concert. Critically acclaimed, Rose & the Nightingale’s live performances have uplifted audiences with the power of the quartet’s fiery rhythmic energy, sublime harmonies, lyrical beauty, and staggering talent. Onstage, the band is a great demonstration of female strength and grace.

The inspiration for "The Spirit of the Garden" song cycle began when composer and cellist Jody Redhage experienced a rare and fleeting sensation of connection and compassion while visiting the Brooklyn Botanic Garden's Japanese Garden. While sitting on her favorite rock atop the hill of the Japanese Garden, Redhage was filled with a sensation that "everything was made from the same stuff." When Redhage left the garden, she felt a heightened compassion for everyone she passed on the sidewalk. In gratitude for such a rare and special experience, seemingly gifted to her by "the spirit" of the garden, Redhage began writing the songs which would later become this program. "The Spirit of the Garden" celebrates botanical gardens' role as a haven for contemplation and reflection. Redhage has visited botanical gardens on four continents and continues to derive her best artistic inspiration from these spaces.
"The Spirit of the Garden" features poems as lyrics written by living American poets with whom Redhage has collaborated, including Wyn Cooper of Vermont, Maria Brady Smith of Missouri, Ella Cvancara of Wyoming, Evan Karp and Silvi Alcivar of California, as well as French poet Miquel Decor, and Rumi.

Rose and the Nightingale is Jody Redhage (cello, vocals, compositions); Sara Caswell (violin & mandolin); Laila Biali (piano & vocals); and Leala Cyr (vocals, trumpet and percussion). Please visit www.roseandthenightingale.com for more information or to hear samples of their work. A sample of their work is attached as an mp3 file for your convenience. Members of Rose & the Nightingale have performed internationally on five continents, at venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Radio City Music Hall, the Barbican in London, Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco, Chicago Symphony Hall, and at the world's most prestigious jazz festivals including the North Sea, Montreal, Montreux, Newport, San Francisco, and CapeTown South Africa Jazz Festivals, and Tokyo’s Blue Note. To arrange an interview with Rose & the Nightingale leader, Jody Redhage, or request high-res photos, B-roll, or a CD sampler of their work, please don’t hesitate to contact Joni Kelly, Communications Manager at 805-682-4726 ext. 132 or via cell at 805-886-1869. Ms. Redhage will be in Santa Barbara May 14 and 15 and is available for advance media requests.

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About the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden: The Garden is a 78-acre educational and scientific institution fostering the conservation of California’s native plants and serves as a role model for sustainable practice in Santa Barbara, California. The Garden was founded in 1926 and is among of the nation’s oldest botanic gardens to exclusively feature native plants.

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About the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden: 
The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is a 78-acre educational and scientific institution fostering the conservation of California’s native plants and serves as a role model for sustainable practice in Santa Barbara, California. The Garden was founded in 1926 and is among the nation’s oldest botanic gardens focused exclusively on native plants.

To arrange an interview or to request high-resolution photos, please contact:

SBBG Communications Coordinator
(805) 682-4726 ext. 132