VIENNA, Va., AUGUST 25, 2014 – Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts announces its 2014 summer symphony, opera, dance, and jazz productions. The expanded fine arts repertoire and guest artists feature some of the greatest performers, ensembles, and classical and crossover programs from each genre.
This season’s collaboration with the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) includes seven performances, featuring conductors Andrew Litton, Grant Gershon, Vince Mendoza, Thomas Wilkins, and NSO Festival Conductor Emil de Cou. Guest artists include iconic cellist Yo-Yo Ma, world-renowned pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet, and American singer-songwriter Mary Chapin Carpenter. The schedule also features two NSO performances with film: Pixar in Concert and Disney Fantasia Live in Concert.
Wolf Trap Opera’s (WTO) original Operascape production of Bizet’s highly popular Carmen is conducted by Grant Gershon and features the Filene Young Artists, Studio Artists, and the National Symphony Orchestra. WTO also presents a new production of Handel’s Giulio Cesare, and a rare pairing of Milhaud’s Le pauvre matelot and Poulenc’s Les mamelles de Tirésias, both at The Barns at Wolf Trap. This year, WTO announces internationally renowned bass-baritone Eric Owens as its first Artist in Residence. An alumnus of Wolf Trap ’s Filene Young Artist program, the Grammy Award-winning Owens has carved a unique place in the opera world as an esteemed interpreter of classic works and a champion of new music.
Wolf Trap proudly welcomes The Philadelphia Orchestra for the first time since 1999 in a performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, conducted by Bramwell Tovey, with The Choral Arts Society of Washington and featuring four Wolf Trap Opera soloists. This concert marks the ensemble’s only appearance in 2014 in the D.C. area.
This year’s fine arts offerings include four dance programs, featuring five major dance companies—the most Wolf Trap has hosted in recent years. The 2014 dance programs feature the Trey McIntyre Project, in its final D.C. performance; the mainstream and highly acrobatic works of Pilobolus; the electrifying Noche Flamenca, featuring live music and dance; and a joint bill featuring the Pacific Northwest Ballet and Oregon Ballet Theatre in a Face of America™ production.
This summer,Wolf Trap will also host three jazz concerts featuring multiple Grammy Award-winning jazz trumpeter and composer Wynton Marsalis with The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra; leading jazz guitarist Pat Metheny and his Unity Group alongside Bruce Hornsby in their Campfire Tour 2014; and a co-bill with saxophonist Boney James and R&B/soul singer Eric Benét in his Wolf Trap debut.
All information provided by Wolf Trap and is deemed reliable. Please confirm all concert dates and times with Wolf Trap. Tickets for some performances on sale now.
A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor and Special Guests
in association with Minnesota Public Radio & WAMU 88.5 FM
Friday, May 23 at 8 pm
Saturday, May 24 at 5:45 pm
The nation’s favorite radio host leads an ensemble cast through his variety show featuring comedy sketches, musical guests, and Keillor’s signature monologue, “The News from Lake Wobegon.”
2014 Summer Blast Off!
“The President’s Own”
United States Marine Band
Sunday, May 25 at 8 pm
“The President’s Own” United States Marine Band will launch Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts’ 2014 Summer season with a program of concert band favorites. A fireworks display will follow the concert. Free and open to the public.
Under the Streetlamp
Friday, May 30 at 8 pm
Slick dance moves and tight harmonies from the retro-inspired Jersey Boys quartet and an eight-man a cappella powerhouse produced by the founder of Straight No Chaser.
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast
Friday–Sunday, June 6–8 at 8 pm
Saturday & Sunday, June 7 & 8 at 2 pm
“Be Our Guest!” Belle and her enchanted entourage prove love conquers all in this family-favorite musical with an Oscar-winning score, featuring “Something There” and “If I Can’t Love Her.”
Trey McIntyre Project
Wednesday, June 11 at 8:30 pm
In its final D.C. performance, this inventive and bold contemporary ballet company performs to Queen’s glam-rock stylings.
Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band
Featuring Steve Lukather, Todd Rundgren, Gregg Rolie, Richard Page, Mark Rivera, and Gregg Bissonette
Thursday, June 12 at 8 pm
Celebrate an era with a band of rock ’n’ roll virtuosos from The Beatles, Santana, Journey, Toto, and more!
Friday, June 13 at 8 pm
Pop-opera trio of Italian teen heartthrobs combines soaring voices with playful charm in a multilingual “mixture of Andrea Bocelli and the Jonas Brothers” — The New York Times
Wolf Trap’s 25th Annual Annual Louisiana Swamp Romp™
Big Sam’s Funky Nation
BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet
Stooges Brass Band
Saturday, June 14 at 2 pm
The Big Easy party is back! Dance to Louisiana’s hottest Cajun, zydeco, and brass bands and jump in the second line parade.
John Butler Trio
Special Guest: Allen Stone
Wednesday, June 18 at 7:30 pm
There’s nothing “Better Than” acoustically driven roots-rock and reggae ballads from heartfelt Australian multi-instrumentalists.
Daryl Hall & John Oates
Thursday, June 19 at 8 pm
Still making your dreams come true with unforgettable soul and rock anthems, these Rock and Roll Hall of Famers are the most successful pop duo of all time.
Pixar in Concert
National Symphony Orchestra – Emil de Cou, conductor
Friday, June 20 at 8:30 pm
All of your favorite animated Pixar films on the big screen, including Finding Nemo, Up, Toy Story, and Monsters, Inc., paired with memorable scores played by the National Symphony Orchestra. Pixar in Concert © Disney/Pixar
Sing-A-Long – Grease
Saturday, June 21 at 8:30 pm
Rev up your vocal chords for an ultimate summer night with the Rydell High gang! Sing along with the hits you’re hopelessly devoted to as the original 1978 film is projected in-house and on the lawn, with lyrics on screen.
Ben Folds with the National Symphony Orchestra
Steven Reineke, conductor
Wednesday, June 25 at 8:15 pm
Front man of Ben Folds Five and judge of NBC’s The Sing-Off showcases his new piano concerto and orchestral arrangements of pop hits with the National Symphony Orchestra.
Sunday, June 29 at 8 pm
Motown’s supreme legend has inspired generations of singers with her endless stream of No. 1 hits from “You Can’t Hurry Love” to “I’m Coming Out.”
Handel’s Giulio Cesare
Wolf Trap Opera – Antony Walker, conductor
Friday, June 27 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, June 29 at 3 pm
Handel’s most popular opera focuses on Julius Caesar’s visit to Egypt in 48 BC and his encounter with the exotic Cleopatra.
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