Pre-Performance Discussions are offered on select evenings on the Old 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.

2018 Pre-Performance Discussions

Sat, July 14 at 7:15 pm - Beethoven's Ninth | NSO
Bramwell Tovey, conductor
Nigel Boon, National Symphony Orchestra Director of Artistic Planning 

Sat, July 21 at 7:30 pm - Jaws in Concert | NSO
Emil de Cou, conductor
Meghan Balk, Smithsonian Museum of Natural History Macroecologist  
Steve Canty, Smithsonian Museum of Natural History Marine Conservationist

Additional Pre-Show Activities:
Discovery Shark Fin Hat Giveaway - 
Location: Main Gate
Smithsonian Museum of Natural History Station - Shark jaw bone specimens and a megalodon tooth for people to explore. Location: Right side of plaza by women’s restroom 

Sun, July 22 at 7:30 pm - Casino Royale in Concert | NSO
Emil de Cou, conductor
Dr. Vincent Houghton, International Spy Museum historian/curator
Jonna Mendez, former CIA Chief of Disguise

Additional Pre-Show Activities: 
Bond Car Display - Location: Center Plaza
Madame Tussauds Bond Wax Figure Display - Location: Right side of plaza by women’s restroom
International Spy Museum Station - Code-Cracker and Lock Picking challenges, including spy gear giveaways and a photo-op with Bond standee. Location: Left side of plaza by men’s restroom

Fri, July 27 at 7:15 pm - Bernstein at 100 - A Celebration | NSO
Nina Bernstein-Simmons (Leonard Bernstein's daughter)

Sat, July 28 at 7:15 pm - The Best of Wagner's Ring | NSO
Saul Lilienstein, musical historian and lecturer

Fri, Aug 3 at 7:15 pm - Verdi's Rigoletto | NSO
Lee Anne Myslewski, Director of Artistic Administration, Wolf Trap Opera and Classical Programming