Wolf Trap’s 40th Anniversary Season Features the Debut of Bright Eyes; M. Ward; Plus Nine Additional Performances Announced Today; Ninety Summer Shows Booked to Date

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Wolf Trap announces 10 new shows for summer 2011--Tickets on sale to General Public April 9 at 10 am -- Immediate Priority Ticketing Options for Members

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Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts announces 10 new summer performances at the Filene Center at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, featuring an exciting triple bill and Wolf Trap debut of the re-emergent Bright Eyes, alongside M. Ward of She & Him, and California folk-rockers, Dawes. Additional just-announced performances represent several of the biggest names in pop, bluegrass, classic rock, and jazz-fusion. With one final announcement pending on April 11, Wolf Trap’s summer 2011 season is nearing completion, with 90 individual performances announced to-date from the finest touring acts of yesterday and today.

Old Friends…Fresh Performances

Wolf Trap welcomes back Béla Fleck & The Original Flecktones for their first tour in over three years, featuring founding member Howard Levy on horns alongside Béla Fleck, Futureman, and Victor Wooten. Joining the Flecktones is the old-timey string band, Carolina Chocolate Drops, and notable clawhammer banjoist and world music/bluegrass innovator, Abigail Washburn. After a whirlwind experience on tour with Robert Plant in support of their T-Bone Burnett produced album, Raising Sand, Alison Krauss—the most awarded female artist in music history–returns to Wolf Trap with her band Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas for an evening of masterful American bluegrass. Wolf Trap is also proud to present Elvis Costello & The Imposters at the Filene Center for the first time since 2006.

Movie Magic!

Full-length films and clips set to live music are becoming exceedingly popular at Wolf Trap, and there are TWO in today’s announcement! Rounding out the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO@Wolf Trap) schedule is Disney in Concert, Magical Music from the Movies featuring audio and video selections from The Little Mermaid, The Jungle Book, Mary Poppins, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Aladdin, Pirates of the Carribean, The Lion King, and more. As an encore to the 2010 Filene Center run of The Sound of Music, Wolf Trap presents Sing-A-Long Sound of Music, featuring the original film and lyrics on huge screens both in-house and on the lawn, and an interactive sing-a-long experience.

Classic Pop, Rock, and Country for All Ages

Wolf Trap has more legendary pop, rock and country in store for attendees of all ages and varying musical interests. The Indigo Girls return to Wolf Trap coming off of their national Lilith Fair tour; Daryl Hall & John Oates arrive for their Do What You Want, Be What You Are Tour 2011; Bruce Springsteen-adored Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes alongside the Smithereens debut on the Filene Center stage, and the legendary Emmylou Harris once again graces the stage with her soulful alt-country ballads.

Continuing with efforts to present accessible and affordable arts experiences to the broadest possible audience, Wolf Trap offers tickets as low as $4; continues to allow patrons to bring their own food and beverages into the park; and provides public transportation and free parking for all shows 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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