From rock, jazz and blues, to R&B, folk and classical, The Barns at Wolf Trap features acclaimed artists in a uniquely intimate setting
- Rock legend and co-founder of Crosby, Stills & Nash, Graham Nash returns for two nights
- John Oates, singer-songwriter and one half of acclaimed duo Hall & Oates, makes his Barns debut
- The Lone Bellow bring their indie folk sound to their Barns debut with two performances in November
- Barns debuts include Storm Large, Rock & Roll Hall of Famers Ronnie Spector and the Ronettes, and American-soul singer Nicole Atkins
- Broadway star John Lloyd Young, best known for his role as Frankie Valli in Jersey Boys, brings his musical theater talents to The Barns for his debut
- Country, bluegrass, and folk artists include Tom Paxton and The DonJuans; Maggie Rose; Hot Rize on its 40th Anniversary Tour; and more
- World music offerings include Malian musicians Habib Koité & Bassekou Kouyate and Bhangra-funk fusion group Red Baraat
- Returning favorites include Bumper Jacksons; Beatles tribute band 1964 The Tribute; two nights with the Masters of Hawaiian Music; Newmyer Flyer with its Janis Joplin Jimi Hendrix Tribute; and more
- Pianist Wu Han curates the Chamber Music at The Barns season, which includes performances by Wu Han and cellist David Finckel, The Montrose Trio, the Sitkovetsky Trio and violinist Sean Lee, and more
- Wolf Trap Opera and Washington Concert Opera collaborate on Le vin herbé, a modern retelling of Tristan and Isolde
More performances to be announced throughout the Fall beginning September 4;
Members purchasing early, public on-sale Friday, August 10
Vienna, VA (August 2, 2018) – Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts today announced the first performances of the 2018-2019 season at The Barns at Wolf Trap, its historic 382-seat indoor venue. A complete calendar of performances may be found here. See the press room online for additional assets and print-ready images.
“The Barns provides a unique, intimate atmosphere for the audience to escape from the world and enjoy music up close and personal,” said Arvind Manocha, President and CEO of Wolf Trap Foundation. “Wolf Trap fans will get the opportunity to see legendary and new artists, spanning genres from folk and Americana to chamber music to world music from Mali and India.”
In keeping with Wolf Trap’s mission, The Barns at Wolf Trap highlights artistic exploration and accessibility to a broad range of music lovers in an intimate indoor setting. Artists span musical genres from rock, jazz, blues, country, classical and world music. Composed of two 18th-century barns made of hand-hewn wood beams and panels, The Barns opened in 1981 and is well known for providing a distinct and impressive musical experience with its excellent acoustics and striking architecture. From flatbreads to crab cake sandwiches to braised short ribs – patrons are invited to enjoy a delicious dinner and drinks in the English barn before the show begins.
Among the initial slate of shows in the 2018-2019 season, seven artists make their Wolf Trap debuts – including indie folk band The Lone Bellow who open the season on November 6 and 7; Broadway star John Lloyd Young, known for his role as Frankie Valli in Jersey Boys; Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Ronnie Spector & The Ronnettes; Americana soul singer Nicole Atkins; one half of the best-selling duo of all time Hall & Oates, John Oates; and singer-songwriter Storm Large.
Returning favorites include country artist Maggie Rose, Newmyer Flyer with its Janis Joplin & Jimi Hendrix Tribute, Bhangra-funk fusion group Red Baraat, Eileen Ivers’ Joyful Christmas show, DC-based band Bumper Jacksons, Masters of Hawaiian Music, Malian musicians Habib Koité & debut artist Bassekou Kouyate, Graham Nash – legendary singer-songwriter and founding member of Crosby, Stills and Nash, folk group Tom Paxton & The DonJuans, and more.
Chamber Music at The Barns opens with a performance from the series’ 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 Artistic Advisor, pianist Wu Han with her husband and frequent collaborator cellist David Finckel, performing the complete cycle of Beethoven cello sonatas. Curated by Han, the season centers on the cultural epicenter of Vienna, the origin of so many of the world’s greatest works of chamber music. The series includes performances by the The Montrose Trio; the Barns debut of the Sitkovetsky Trio and violinist Sean Lee; The St. Lawrence String Quartet; the Calidore String Quartet with pianist Juho Pohjonen; and singers from Wolf Trap Opera and Washington Concert Opera unite for Le vin herbé, a rare modern retelling of Tristan and Isolde in a chamber music setting, by Swiss composer Frank Martin. View the full Chamber Music at The Barns press release in the online press room.
The Barns also hosts performances that go beyond music and into comedy and dance, with shows like the popular Evening of Comedy; a spotlight on India with the return of an Evening of Indian Dance; and Grammy-nominated Irish-American group Cherish the Ladies, who blend beautiful vocals and step dancing. For a complete listing of all 50 performances, please visit WolfTrap.org/Barns.
Additional performances will be announced throughout the Fall beginning on September 4 on WolfTrap.org, on Wolf Trap’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram channels, and through email newsletters (sign up at WolfTrap.org/email).
Advance tickets go on sale to Wolf Trap Foundation members beginning now. Tickets go on sale to the public Friday, August 10. To learn more about Wolf Trap membership, visit wolftrap.org/membership.
Special thanks to Dan and Gayle D’Aniello, Wolf Trap 2018 Season Underwriters.
Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, produces and presents a full range of performance and education programs in the Greater Washington area, as well as nationally and internationally. Wolf Trap features three performance venues: the outdoor Filene Center and Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods, both located at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, and The Barns at Wolf Trap, adjacent to the Center for Education at Wolf Trap. The 7,028-seat Filene Center is operated in partnership with the National Park Service and annually showcases an extensive array of diverse artists, ranging from pop, country, folk, and blues to classical music, dance, and theatre, as well as multimedia presentations, from May through September. The Barns at Wolf Trap is operated by the Wolf Trap Foundation year round, and during the summer months is home to the Grammy-nominated Wolf Trap Opera, one of America’s outstanding resident ensemble programs for young opera singers. Wolf Trap’s education programs include the nationally acclaimed Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts, Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods, a diverse array of arts education classes, grants, and a nationally recognized internship program.
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