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 website, email the National Park Service, or call 703.255.1824.
Summer 2019 Pre-Performance Discussions
Thursday, July 11 at 7:30 PM - American Ballet Theatre
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
Moderator: 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 Eccleston – Director 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
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!)
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.