Friday, December 22, 2006

NPR on a Lost Violin

The Turtle Island String Quartet played the first show in our 2006-07 Discovery Series back in October and I heard this piece during my drive home last night on NPR. Apparently, one of their members lost his violin back in April at the Billings, Montana airport and it sounds like it's recently been found, thanks to an old of friend of his and the local police. Check out that link above to hear the full story on

Nighthawks Live Barns Recording

Today's Washington Post Weekend section features a nice review of The Nighthawks new double-disc, "Blue Moon in Your Eye" by writer Mike Joyce. The disc was recorded live at The Barns at Wolf Trap in April 2005 and the release includes a DVD version of the full concert as well as the CD version. The Nighthawks will be back here at The Barns on Thursday, April 5, 2007.

Friday, December 15, 2006

Coming up in January

Our offices will be closed Monday, December 25, through Monday, January 1, so when we come back to work on Tuesday, January 2, we'll have a whole slew of Barn shows upon us. Here's a look at what we have coming up next month.

For any of the sold out shows, patrons can call (703) 255-1868 to check back for last minute ticket availability. Please note, the shows marked SOLD OUT are based on ticket sales as of this posting on December 15, so more shows may sell out between now and the show dates. For the latest information on which shows are sold out, see the mainpage at

Windham Hill Winter Solstice
30th Anniversary Tour
David Cullen, Tracy Silverman & Will Ackerman

Celebrate 30 years of Windham Hill, a label synonymous with exceptional instrumental music spanning world music, jazz, classical, and new age.
Friday, January 5 at 8 p.m.
$25 -- SOLD OUT

Sonny Landreth
Landreth brings the sounds and spirit of the Louisiana bayou to The Barns with his jaw-dropping slide-guitar and thrilling blues.
Sat., January 6 at 7:30 p.m. -- SOLD OUT
Sun., January 7 at 2 p.m.

Jon Carroll & Love Returns
Member of the '70s super group Starland Vocal Band, this artist celebrates his new CD release and lights up the stage with his keyboard mastery.
Fri., January 12 at 8 p.m.

the subdudes
Bring on the New Orleans funk as this band celebrates the release of its latest album.
Wed., January 17 at 8 p.m.
Thurs., January 18 at 8 p.m.

Johnny Winter
This Grammy-nominated true bluesman makes his Wolf Trap debut after more than 30 years of guitar–wielding genius.
Fri., January 19 at 8 p.m. -- SOLD OUT

John Eaton
The Swinging Thirties

Rising above the grim backdrop of the great depression, American music enjoyed one of its greatest eras during the 1930s. The songs of Cole Porter, Rodgers and Hart, Harold Arlen, and Yip Harburg, not to mention the big bands of Benny Goodman and Count Basie kept America singing and swinging during hard times. Eaton’s concert concludes with his extraordinary interpretation of Gershwin’s groundbreaking Porgy and Bess.
Sat., January 20 at 7:30 p.m.

String Wizard
John McEuen
with his sons:
Jonathan & Nathan

Hot bluegrass from a legendary founder of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and his talented sons. Featuring NGDB favorites, a bluegrass version of Prince’s “Kiss,” and a stirring rendition of “Leader of the Band” that doesn’t leave a dry eye in the house.
Wed., January 24, 2007 at 8 p.m.

An Evening with
James Naughton
Cabaret Series

This two-time Tony Award-winning theater and television star brings the bright lights of Broadway to The Barns
Thurs., January 25 at 8 p.m.

Parker String Quartet
The Discovery Series
Wolf Trap Debut Artist

Grand Prize Winner, 2005 Bordeaux String Quartet Competition, and Winner of the 2005 Concert Artists Guild Competition, the Parker was founded in 2002 at Boston’s New England Conservatory. “Superb string quartets are plentiful at the moment. But the performance that the Parker String Quartet gave on Tuesday evening at Weill Recital Hall set the group apart as something extraordinary.”—The New York Times
Fri., January 26 at 8 p.m.

John Jennings & Friends
John Jennings, singer/songwriter, and producer of numerous multiplatinum-selling and Grammy Award-winning albums, will perform songs from his previous four CDs and his upcoming CD at a release party.
Sat., January 27 at 7:30 p.m.

An Evening with
Last Train Home
General Admission Dance

Known for their rootsy alt-country sound, this group will rock the night away.
Sun., January 28 at 7:30 p.m.

Buckwheat Zydeco
General Admission Dance

An all-out dance party set to accordion-based fusion of zydeco, rock, and R&B.
Tues., January 30 at 8 p.m.

John Hammond
A true pioneer of blues musicians, Hammond’s powerful combination of harmonica and guitar overtake the stage.
Wed., January 31 at 8 p.m.

For the full schedule for The Barns at Wolf Trap, which includes close to 70 shows between January and May of 2007, check out The Barns Quick Sheet.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

We're Hiring

Wolf Trap Foundation is looking for a Marketing Coordinator. For more details on the position and information on how to apply, see the job posting on craigslist.

Monday, December 11, 2006

Filene Center Nominated for Pollstar Award

The Filene Center at Wolf Trap has been nominated for the Red Rocks Award/Best Small Outdoor Venue in the 18th Annual Pollstar Concert Industry Awards. Winners will be announced February 8 at the Gibson Amphitheatre at Universal Citywalk in Los Angeles.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Go Backstage at the Filene Center

If you've ever wanted to see what backstage looks like at Wolf Trap's Filene Center or stand on the stage itself, you have a few chances between now and April '07. The National Park Service is offering guided backstage tours December 9 & 30, January 27, February 17, March 3 & 24, and April 7 & 28. See the schedule on the National Park Service website for additional information. You can also call (703) 255-1893.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Frosty at NewsChannel8

Frosty at NewsChannel8
Originally uploaded by wolftraplive.
Here's a shot of Frosty the Snowman, who came along for Friday's trip to NewsChannel8, where we were on the air to get the word out about this past Sunday's Holiday Sing-A-Long.

New Wolf Trap Opera Program

Here's a press release that just went out regarding a new program by the Wolf Trap Opera Company:

December 5, 2006
Contact: Chris Guerre – Director, Media Relations

Wolf Trap Opera Company Announces Inaugural Season of Wolf Trap Opera Studio

An eight-week summer residency program for undergraduate singers

Vienna, VA—Today, Friday, December 1, 2006, Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts and the Wolf Trap Opera Company proudly announced the inception of the Wolf Trap Opera Studio (WTOS) program. WTOS singers will be recruited from conservatories and other strong vocal performance programs in the northeastern United States. Singers will be chosen by audition and must demonstrate talent, operatic potential, and a stable vocal technique. They will benefit from a combination of performance opportunities and continued practical training. Many other professional development opportunities offered to this demographic are tuition-based. However, singers selected for the WTOS will be compensated for their time with lodging and a small stipend.

WTOS Singers will participate in:
• Vocal and language coaching with Wolf Trap Opera Company professional staff
• Scene preparation with the Wolf Trap Opera Company Directing Fellow
• Improvisation classes
• Movement classes
• Other professional training opportunities

WTOS Singers will be offered the following types of performance opportunities:
• Opera Scenes
• Chorus roles, if appropriate, in Operas at The Barns at Wolf Trap
• Bit parts, if appropriate, in Operas at The Barns at Wolf Trap
• Studio singers may also be given opportunities to cover larger roles at the discretion of the Artistic Administration, but such opportunities are not guaranteed.

Auditions will be held in New York on February 17 & 18, 2007 and in Vienna, VA on February 24, 2007. Studio singers will be in residence at Wolf Trap from late May through late July, 2007.

Wolf Trap Opera Studio administration will be overseen by Joshua Winograde, Artistic Administration Fellow and Wolf Trap Opera Company alumnus.

For more information, please call 703-255-1900.

Monday, December 04, 2006

Barns News

Patrick Foster's review of Thursday night's sold out Del McCoury Band show at The Barns at Wolf Trap appeared in Saturday's Washington Post.

Tickets for several new shows at The Barns went on sale Friday morning, including a second Sonny Landreth show. So, as of this posting, if you didn't get tickets to the Saturday show before it sold out, you can still get them for the just-added Sunday afternoon show.

January brings several shows to The Barns by artists with DC area ties: Jon Carroll & Love Returns on January 12; John Eaton on January 20 for the second in his three-show series at The Barns; John Jennings & Friends on January 27; and An Evening with Last Train Home on January 28.

We also have a couple of big name actors bringing music to The Barns in early '07, with James Naughton on January 25 and Jeff Daniels on February 2.

If you're looking for Barns tickets online, this page has them all.