Pre-Performance Discussions | Wolf Trap

Pre-Performance Discussions

Pre-Performance Discussions are offered on select evenings on the Farmhouse Lawn. These discussions offer insight and interpretation of the evening's performance. They begin 1 hour before the scheduled show time and end with plenty of time to reach your seat before the show starts.

The Old Farmhouse Lawn is located to the left of the main gate/Box Office area for the Filene Center. Chairs are provided, or you may bring a blanket and enjoy your picnic during the presentation. For additional information, visit the
National Park Service websiteemail the National Park Service, or call 703.255.1824.

Summer 2019 Pre-Performance Discussions 

Thursday, July 11 at 7:30 PM - American Ballet Theatre
Location: Terrace
Keith Roberts, Ballet Master
Discussion about the historical significance of Swan Lake, plus a Q&A with the audience.

Sunday, July 14 at 7 PM - Nas | NSO
Location: Associates Deck
Dr. Michael Eric Dyson
Dr. James Peterson Founder of Hip Hop Scholars Inc.; Content Creator; Author
Paul Butler Professor, Georgetown University Law Center; MSNBC Legal Analyst; Author
Simone EcclestonDirector of Hip Hop Culture and Contemporary Music, The Kennedy Center for Performing Arts
Lawrence Cosby Attorney; Social Media Influencer; Hip Hop Advocate
Jeriel Johnson Executive Director, Washington, D.C. Chapter of the Recording Academy/The GRAMMYs

Friday, July 26 at 7 PM - Noseda Coducts Tchaikovsky & Beethoven | NSO
Rich Kleinfeldt of Classical WETA

Saturday, July 27 at 7:30 PM - Disney Pixar’s Coco: In Concert Live to Film | NSO

Friday, August 2 at 7:30 PM - E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial in Concert | NSO
Dr. Mary Voytek, Senior Scientist for Astrobiology at NASA Headquarters
Emil de Cou, Conductor

Friday, August 9 at 7:15 PM - Rossini’s The Barber of Seville
Morgan Brophy, Assistant Director, Artistic Administration, Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts

Wednesday, August 14 at 7 PM - Shanghai Symphony Orchestra

Have you signed the chalkboard wall?

Stop by the chalkboard outside of the Filene Center’s gates to interact with the evening’s chalk art. Draw a picture, share your experience, and, of course, snap a selfie! It’s the perfect way to remember your experiences at your favorite shows! (It’s also a great spot for a selfie!)

Activities on the plaza

Make sure you look for the free activities happening on the Plaza, located just past the Filene Center entrance gates. For select performances there are on-site radio stations, a free boomerang booth sponsored by PNC, artist signings, National Park Service representatives, and more. And keep an eye out for Wolf Trap's mascot Wolfie. He frequently makes appearances throughout the summer on the Plaza to take photos with patrons and give out high-fives.