Wolf Trap Foundation Announces Complimentary Family Ticketing Program

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“Young at Arts” initiative offers one free youth ticket for each adult ticket purchased; creates opportunities for parents to introduce children to the arts

Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts today announced “Young at Arts,” a new accessibility initiative designed to connect families with the performing arts. For select Summer 2016 shows, patrons may purchase one adult ticket and receive one free youth ticket, up to 10 tickets (5 adults and 5 youth). For a complete listing of performance dates and program information, visit wolftrap.org/youngatarts.

The Young at Arts initiative has three objectives:
1.Create access points and opportunities to introduce young people to the performing arts.
2.Create affordable opportunities for families and caregivers to connect with each other and with arts experiences.
3.Further the mission of Wolf Trap Foundation, which includes providing accessible, affordable arts experiences for diverse audiences.

“The performing arts are about creating connections and I can think of no more important connection than that of the family. Young at Arts makes those connections a little easier by explicitly extending invitations to families, and making family outings more accessible,” said Arvind Manocha, president and CEO of Wolf Trap Foundation. “I hope thousands of families take advantage of this initiative, and create memories for the next generation of arts fans.”

“Affordability is part of the Wolf Trap brand, as is the beloved tradition that welcomes patrons to bring in their own food and beverages. Even still, costs can add up when you are taking all the kids out or hiring a sitter for the night. The Young at Arts initiative makes a night out at Wolf Trap more affordable than a night at the movies,” said Jo LaBrecque, Wolf Trap Foundation’s Senior Director, Communications and Marketing.

Performances included in the Young at Arts program span artistic genres, including symphony, opera, jazz and world music. Eligible Summer 2016 shows include select dates for American Ballet Theatre’s Romeo and Juliet, Riverdance, and the National Symphony Orchestra at Wolf Trap; all performances of Ragtime; and the one-night performances by Asha Bhosle, Wolf Trap Opera presenting La bohème; and Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis. Most performances are paired with educational pre-performance discussions. Visit wolftrap.org/youngatarts for details regarding eligible performances.

Young at Arts tickets may be purchased beginning today, and are available online, by phone, or in person at Wolf Trap’s Box Offices. Tickets are available in the rear-orchestra and/or loge (covered) sections of the Filene Center, as well as on the lawn; up to five adult tickets and five youth tickets may be purchased for any one show, in any one transaction. “Youth” are defined as 17 and under, and must be accompanied by a parent, adult or other caregiver. All patrons, including infants, must be ticketed in order to access the Filene Center for any Wolf Trap performance.

Tickets to all Summer 2016 performances may be purchased online at http://www.wolftrap.org; by phone at 877.WOLFTRAP, or in person at the Wolf Trap Box Office, 1551 Trap Road, Vienna, Va.

Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, 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 national park and adjacent to the Center for Education at Wolf Trap. The 7,028-seat Filene Center is operated in partnership with the National Park Service and annually showcases an extensive array of diverse artists, ranging from pop, country, folk, and blues to classical music, dance, and theatre, as well as multimedia presentations, from May through September. The Barns at Wolf Trap is operated by the Wolf Trap Foundation year round, and during the summer months is home to the Grammy-nominated Wolf Trap Opera, 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, grants, and a nationally recognized internship program.

Media Contact:
Michelle Pendoley, Director, Public Relations
703.255.1917 or michellep(at)wolftrap(dot)org

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