Music in The Gardens: Healing the Soul


Music begins at 6:00 p.m.

The Arboretum at Penn State 
Festival Musicians

Free Admission


Based on hourly weather forecasts for Wednesday (June 7) and Thursday (June 8) Music in the Gardens: Healing the Soul is being rescheduled to FRIDAY, JUNE 16 at 6:00 p.m. at the Penn State Arboretum. Not only does rain pose a problem on both days, but the temps in the evening are hovering at the threshold which could damage the instruments. 

"How sweet the moonlight sleeps upon this bank! Here will we sit and let the sounds of music creep in our ears: soft stillness and the night become the touches of sweet harmony."*

Partnering with Mount Nittany Health and The Arboretum at Penn State, and co-sponsored by Tom and Mary Ellen Litzinger, Penn's Woods Music Festival presents an evening of music performed outdoors within the garden rooms of the H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens.

Open to the public free of charge.

Come early to begin your exploration of nature's healing force by wandering the garden pathways, drinking in the heady aromas of the summer rose garden, and sitting in quiet meditation pondering the Joel N. Myers Sundial. Between 6:00 and 6:45 p.m., musicians from the Penn's Woods Music Festival will be planted throughout the gardens. Each musician will perform a 10-12-minute selection several times throughout the hour so that you will have the opportunity to move around the gardens and not miss an artist. The music continues until 6:45 p.m. as you walk the garden paths and lose yourself in the serenity of the visual and aural beauty surrounding you.

Meet friends back on the event lawn at 6:45 p.m. for an exciting program sponsored by Tom and Mary Ellen Litzinger. This year the musicians performing on the event lawn will again be amplified so that all may enjoy the exquisite music. Blankets and lawn chairs are permitted for this special occasion! You may enter the gardens and place your chair and/or blanket on the lawn and wander the gardens before returning for this exciting concert. 

Program to be announced.



Let the magic of music performed by members of the Penn's Woods Festival Orchestra, joined with the visual beauty of the Arboretum's magnificent gardens, both heal and restore your soul. 

*from "Serenade to Music" by Ralph Vaughan Williams; extracted from The Merchant of Venice, Act V, Scene I by William Shakespeare

Alcoholic beverages, food, pets, bicycles, and sports equipment, including footballs and frisbees, are prohibited at the H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens.

Programs subject to change.