Incoming: Performing arts Summer Season announcements

Theater, classical music, opera and Broadway: An exceptional summer season is on tap in the DC area and nearby. CDN is highlighting 2015’s best bets right here.

Filene Center at sunset.
Wolf Trap's Filene Center at sunset. (Artist's conception, courtesy Wolf Trap)

WASHINGTON, April 5, 2015 – With all the cold weather we’ve been experiencing in the D.C. Metro area lately, one could be forgiven for thinking that spring or even summer will never come.

Fortunately, the seasons do arrive even if the weather does not. And the arrival of summer, in particular, means that music and theater lovers alike will soon have an enormous variety of summer entertainment available either near-by Metro D.C. or not too far distant from this area by car.

During the next two weeks, Curtain Up will survey the schedules of select summer performing arts festivals, some of which may be new to our readership. We’ll provide highlights and links to each festival or organization website, so that if you find something that gets your attention, you can get further, in-depth information as well as purchase tickets, most of which have only recently gone on sale.

No matter how urban or rural the venue, all the performing arts festivals and events we’re following—ranging from the Contemporary America Theater Festival in nearby West Virginia to a more distant pair of long-established theater festivals just north of the U.S. border in Canada—are professional productions and well worth the time and effort it sometimes takes to find just the right performance and locale to suit your summer schedule.

Stay tuned. A most interesting summer 2015 season is on tap.

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Terry Ponick
Biographical Note: Dateline Award-winning music and theater critic for The Connection Newspapers and the Reston-Fairfax Times, Terry was the music critic for the Washington Times print edition (1994-2010) and online Communities (2010-2014). Since 2014, he has been the Business and Entertainment Editor for Communities Digital News (CDN). A former stockbroker and a writer and editor with many interests, he served as editor under contract from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and continues to write on science and business topics. He is a graduate of Georgetown University (BA, MA) and the University of South Carolina where he was awarded a Ph.D. in English and American Literature and co-founded one of the earliest Writing Labs in the country. Twitter: @terryp17