Wolf Trap Announces First Selection of Summer 2012 Performances to Much Success

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Members and patrons scoop up thousands of tickets in initial roll-out of performances, featuring Riverdance, Steve Miller Band, Yanni, the annual NSO@Wolf Trap Festival Series, and the 7th installment of Wolf Trap’s signature Face of America artistic adventure series, among others

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Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts announces its first onsale of Summer 2012 shows, generating strong interest from members and patrons. (Tickets have been available to Wolf Trap members since the middle of November.) The first round of 39 performances features a variety of award-winning musicals, the return of Wolf Trap favorite Garrison Keillor and the much loved A Prairie Home Companion, and a new installment of Wolf Trap’s multimedia artistic adventure series titled, Face of America: Spirit of South Florida, paying homage to Big Cypress National Preserve, Biscayne National Park, Dry Tortugas National Park, and Everglades National Park. Wolf Trap offers a diverse line-up of performances ranging from pop and rock shows to family–friendly musicals to symphony under the stars, among other genres. Additional shows will be announced and put on sale throughout the spring.

Face of America Returns to Wolf Trap with a Brand New Installment
Wolf Trap’s seventh Face of America installment, Face of America: Spirit of South Florida will be presented at the Filene Center at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts on September 8, 2012. This one-of-a-kind event shines a light on the unique aspects and diverse cultures and people of four National Parks in South Florida through original dance works performed and filmed on-site amidst the wild and raw elements of nature. Wolf Trap’s Face of America was conceived by Terre Jones, President & CEO in 1998 and became a reality in 2000 with Yosemite National Park. Face of America is critical to Wolf Trap’s mission to be at the forefront with new initiatives in the arts.

Parsons Dance recently wrapped on-site filming in the parks and will bring a live performance to Wolf Trap accompanied by stunning visual imagery shown on large HD screen backdrops. This unique production will integrate the video artistry of Emmy Award-winning Blue Land Media, live music from Miami’s GRAMMY-nominated Tiempo Libre and recorded music from baroque-pop musician Andrew Bird, as well as the images of acclaimed Florida photographer Clyde Butcher to create a multi-disciplinary celebration of each park site.

Head Bopping, Body Shaking Pop & Rock
Well-known for its diverse pop and rock shows, Wolf Trap has an exciting initial line-up for 2012 featuring Steve Miller Band for two nights, The Temptations and The Four Tops, Wolf Trap’s 23rd Annual Louisiana Swamp Romp, Broadway sensation RAIN – A Tribute to the Beatles, ABBA – The Concert, and an evening of classic ‘60s rock from the Happy Together Tour 2012 featuring The Turtles, The Monkees lead singer Micky Dolenz, Gary Puckett & The Union Gap, The Grass Roots, and The Buckinghams.

Internationally Celebrated Musicals for the Whole Family
Families will have numerous opportunities to relish the joy of musical theater at Wolf Trap during the Summer 2012 season with multiple performances of beloved productions including a Broadway traveling production of South Pacific based on the 2008 Tony Award-winning Lincoln Center Theater production. Also perfect for Broadway aficionados and family outings are Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The King and I, Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance, plus Riverdance and Sing-A-Long Sound of Music both back by popular audience demand.

NSO @ Wolf Trap and Masterful Dance
Audiences can rely on innovative symphony shows from The National Symphony Orchestra and world class dance from some of today’s most relevant and celebrated choreographers at Wolf Trap each summer. Early NSO@Wolf Trap bookings feature:

  •     Broadway ROCKS! with musical selections from Broadway showstoppers Dream Girls, Hairspray, Rock of Ages, Phantom of the Opera, and more;
  •     The Music of John Williams, world-renowned composer of mega-hit films Harry Potter, E.T., Star Wars, Jaws, and many more;
  •     Marvin Hamlisch with a special yet-to-be-revealed guest performing his Broadway hits;
  •     The Wizard of Oz feature film shown on huge screens in-house and on the lawn, with the full score played live by the NSO;
  •     Beethoven’s 9th with the NSO and vocal soloists, including “Ode to Joy.”

The Filene Center welcomes Tony Award-winning director/choreographer Bill T. Jones Arnie Zane Dance Company in their Wolf Trap debut and the return of Ballet Hispanico presenting a one-of-a-kind blend of Latin and classical ballet. Lawn tickets for 2012 dance performances will be available for just $4.
In a category all its own is the awe-inspiring, family-friendly Golden Dragon Acrobats from China, set to bring audiences to the edge of their seats with jaw dropping stunts and contortions.

Additional Summer 2012 performances will be announced throughout the coming months.

Tickets for the first round of Wolf Trap’s 2012 performances are available at the Box Office at The Barns at Wolf Trap, by phone at 1(877)WOLFTRAP or online at http://www.wolftrap.org. For information about becoming a Wolf Trap member or to learn more about upcoming performances, please call Wolf Trap at (703) 255-1900.

About The Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts
The Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, founded by Catherine Filene Shouse (1896-1994), 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, located down the road from the park and adjacent to the Center for Education at Wolf Trap. In partnership with the National Park Service, The 7,028-seat Filene Center annually showcases an extensive list of diverse artists, ranging from pop, country, folk, and blues to classical music, dance, and theater, as well as multimedia presentations, from May through September. The Barns operates year round, and during the summer months is home to the GRAMMY-nominated Wolf Trap Opera Company, 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, scholarships, and a nationally recognized internship program that was included in Bloomberg BusinessWeek’s 2009 List of “Best Places to Intern.” As part of its ongoing commitment to protect and preserve the environment, Wolf Trap offers metro access and is a founding member of the Green Music Group. Terrence D. Jones is president and CEO of the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts.

Visit the Wolf Trap Web site at http://www.wolftrap.org for more information.

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