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Rose & the Nightingale – August 11, 2013

The Spirit of the Garden Concert celebrates the sublimity of botanical gardens through poetry & song, featuring Rose & the Nightingale’s mix of jazz, chamber music, folk, and world.Inspired by botanical gardens the world over, and the sense of contemplation & connection one can experience in these special spaces, Spirit of the Gardens lyrical, energetic, and inspiring music features three part vocal harmonies, violin, ‘cello, piano, trumpet, and percussion. Post-concert remarks from audience members have shown Rose & the Nightingales ability to cut through to a deeper level of human connection through the energy of music. All the lyrics in Spirit of the Garden are poems celebrating the nexus of spirituality and nature, and the ability to connect and feel a part of something greater through open & aware engagement with the natural world. The songs offer immense gratitude to botanical gardens role as contemplative and inspirational spaces. Poets featured include San Francisco poets Silvi Alcivar & Evan Karp, whose poems inspired by the nearby San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park were transformed into the lyrics of new compositions by Rose & the Nightingale.

Old First Concerts has volunteer opportunities available!

Our concerts rely on the generosity of volunteers to assist with simple tasks like:


distributing programs

box office

set-up and clean-up

Scheduling is flexible — you choose when to work! We especially need helping hands for our Friday and Saturday night performances.

An excellent opportunity for students, seniors, or anyone who possesses a love for music!

If you’d like to consider volunteering with Old First Concerts, please contact for more information.