About The Discovery Series
The Discovery Series at The Barns at Wolf Trap offers artists and patrons alike a unique environment in which to enjoy an intimate musical experience. Venue and program format work together to create a stimulating evening of entertainment and enlightenment. Recent seasons have featured artists such as David Finckel & Wu Han, Isaac Stern, Emanuel Ax, Takács Quartet, André Watts, Christopher Parkening, Richard Stolzman, Young Quartet, Turtle Island Quartet, Leila Josefowicz, the Ahn Trio, the Brentano String Quartet, Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, Nathan Gunn, the American Brass Quintet, and Trio Solisti.
Discover the Nuances
The evening is hosted by international broadcaster Rich Kleinfeldt, current host of nationally syndicated radio programs Indianapolis-on-the-Air and Center Stage from Wolf Trap. Rich introduces the program and offers brief historical notes and anecdotes. The audience is encouraged to submit written questions for the artists, which are then presented in a short question-and-answer period immediately after intermission. Patrons also have the chance to mix and mingle with performers and fellow guests after the show.
Discover New Talent and New Works
Included on the artist roster are emerging musicians selected as Wolf Trap Debut Artists, recognizing the commitment of Wolf Trap founder Catherine Filene Shouse to discovery and encouragement of new talent.
Debut Artists have included Haochen Zhang, Nicolas Kendall, Jonathan Biss, the Parker Quartet, Joyce Yang, Emmanuel Ceysson, the Perlman/Nikkanen/Bailey Trio, Stanislav Ioudenitch, Alisa Weilerstein, and the Claremont Trio.
Wolf Trap Foundation commissions premiered in The Discovery Series include works by Matthew Hindson, Anton Batogov, Jake Heggie, Kenji Bunch, William McGlaughlin, Samuel Adler, Dina Koston, Robert Beaser, and Stefania de Kennessey.
The Discovery Series Beyond the Barns
Center Stage from Wolf Trap is a nationally syndicated radio series compiled from live Discovery Series performances. Debuted in 1999 and carried on over 200 stations nationwide, the series offers listeners a fresh format in American radio.
Beginning in 2010-2011, streaming video of select chamber music performances at The Barns at Wolf Trap is also available to a wider audience via Discovery Goes Digital.
Honoring Wolf Trap’s Founder
Catherine Filene Shouse, Wolf Trap's founder, provided a mandate: to preserve significant artistic traditions while supporting new initiatives; foster the careers of the next generation of artists; and to make education a key component in its artistic offerings. The Discovery Series encompasses all aspects of this mission, and it honors Mrs. Shouse with an annual Founder's Day concert.
Schedule, program, and artists are subject to change.