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Concert on the bluff coming to Bloedel

Rose & the Nightingale will perform in concert at the Bloedel Reserve in August.  - Photo courtesy of Rose & the Nightingale / Bloedel Reserve
Rose & the Nightingale will perform in concert at the Bloedel Reserve in August.
— image credit: Photo courtesy of Rose & the Nightingale / Bloedel Reserve

The Bloedel Reserve will be celebrating its 25th anniversary with a concert Friday, Aug. 9 on the reserve’s scenic bluff.

The all-female group Rose & the Nightingale will put together a heartwarming performance that captures the elegance and lyrical beauty of Bloedel Reserve’s numerous gardens.

“We always try to find performers whose work complements our mission, and their new album was inspired by their experiences in public gardens,” said Ed Moydell, executive director at the Reserve. “Could you think of a better marriage?”

The group performs on violin, cello, piano and trumpet with vocals in three-part harmonies. In their debut album, “Spirit of the Garden,” they express gratitude for public gardens in a series of mystical compositions.

“We hope that our original music about gardens - performed in the midst of a garden — will create a magical experience of heightened awareness for the audience,” said Jody Redhage, the cellist for the group.

“Spirit of the Garden” combines music to garden-themed poetry written by American poets. Through this their sound emulates the reflection and recentering that often takes place surrounded by a garden.

Doors to the event open at 6 p.m. with music from 7 to 9 p.m., Friday, Aug. 9. Tickets can be purchased at or by calling 206-842-7631. Prices are $30 for members of the reserve, $35 for nonmembers and $15 for children 13 and younger.


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