Wolf Trap Announces 45 Additions to its 2011 Summer Season Marking the Historic 40th Anniversary; Immediate Priority Ticketing Options Available for Members

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Additions include headlining pop performances from Dolly Parton, John Prine, Bruce Hornsby & the Noisemakers with the Punch Brothers, the annual NSO@Wolf Trap festival series, and the much-anticipated Wolf Trap Opera Company schedule

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Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts announces 45 new summer performances at the Filene Center at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts and The Barns at Wolf Trap, featuring several of the biggest names in pop music, comedy, theater, and symphony, along with the meticulously chosen Wolf Trap Opera Company repertoire and cast. Wolf Trap members enjoy immediate priority ticketing options for a Summer 2011 experience unlike any other regional venue. The Wolf Trap 2011 summer season will feature an estimated 100 performances (nearly one a day)
from a diverse line-up of the finest touring acts of yesterday and today. Anticipated highlights include the National Symphony Orchestra once again making Wolf Trap its summer home with nine distinct performances; a special Wolf Trap Opera Company alumni concert, Opera’s Greatest Hits from Wolf Trap Opera’s Alumni Stars, featuring singers spanning four decades of the Company’s history on the Filene Center stage; and some of the brightest names in the pop-rock world making their debut or much anticipated return with jam-packed sets underneath the stars.

National Symphony Orchestra brings an epic love story, martial arts and opera to life under the stars.

Wolf Trap welcomes back Emil De Cou as the NSO@Wolf Trap festival conductor, joined by notable guest conductors Marvin Hamlisch, Andy Brick, and Tan Dun. De Cou will lend his talents to Three Broadway Divas featuring Debbie Gravitte, Christiane Noll & Jan Horvath; Casablanca with live film & music; Arlo Guthrie & Time for Three; and The Five Browns, an acclaimed quintet of piano playing siblings. Additional NSO@Wolf Trap programs with featured guest conductors on the schedule include: Marvin Hamlisch & Brian Stokes Mitchell, Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd, Play! A Video Game Symphony, Tan Dun: Martial Arts Trilogy, and Tcheers for Tchaikovsky!

Wolf Trap Opera Company Presents the Brightest Rising Opera Stars in the Country

The nationally acclaimed Wolf Trap Opera Company (WTOC) presents five productions this summer to be performed by the finest emerging talent in the field: The Filene Young Artists. The Company will present two new full-length operas at The Barns at Wolf Trap plus one full-length recital; Wolf-Ferrari’s The Curious Women (Le donne curiose), Jacques Offenbach’s Tales of Hoffman (Les contes d’Hoffmann); and Couples: From Getting Hitched to Getting Ditched: Recital with Steven Blier. Two productions to be presented at the Filene Center, include the full staged musical Sweeney Todd, one of Steven Sondheim’s most celebrated productions, and Opera’s Greatest Hits from Wolf Trap Opera’s Alumni Stars conducted by Stephen Lord.

Pop and Rock Galore

Averaging almost a show each night from late May through September, Wolf Trap has all the popular genre bases covered with multiple evenings of pop-rock, classic rock, Motown, country, and folk. The legendary Dolly Parton returns for the first time since 1992 with her inimitable brand of country-pop. Other rare classics include The Go-Go’s with a coveted stop on their Happily Ever After Farewell Tour, roots-rock icon John Prine, Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers with newgrass darlings the Punch Brothers fronted by Chris Thile, and the Levon Helm Band coming off a sensational 2010 with a new album and a headlining slot at the Newport Folk Festival.

Other notables include Huey Lewis & The News, the Monkees, Bill Cosby, Chicago, local gal Mary Chapin Carpenter, and Peter Frampton.

Join Club 66 to be part of the Next Generation of Young Professionals Supporting the Arts

To encourage young professionals to get involved with Wolf Trap and support the arts, the Foundation is offering a unique membership opportunity with Club 66. For a small fee, Club 66 members gain access to a variety of benefits including priority ticketing options, discounts to exclusive Club 66 events, invitations to backstage tours, and the member’s-only rate for the club’s yearly signature event.

Tickets for this installment on summer 2011 performances are available starting today for Wolf Trap members, with a subsequent general public on sale of March 12. Additional summer 2011 performances will be announced in March and April.

Aligned to its mission to present accessible and affordable arts experiences to the broadest possible audience, Wolf Trap makes tickets available as low as $4 for certain performances; permits patrons to bring their own food and beverages to the Park, and provides public transportation and free parking for all shows at The Filene Center at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts.

Tickets for Wolf Trap’s 2011 performances can be purchased via the Wolf Trap Box Office located at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts at 1551 Trap Road, Vienna, Virginia; by calling
1 (877) WOLFTRAP; or online at http://www.wolftrap.org. For more information, please call Wolf Trap at (703) 255-1868.

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.

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