Summer 2017

PJ Harvey
with special guest
Anacostia’s Union Temple Baptist Church Choir
“Thrilling and haunting” (The Guardian), untamed and powerful, the alternative singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist with a recent Grammy nomination for The Hope Six Demolition Project (2016) makes her Wolf Trap debut.
  • Friday, Jul 21 | 8 PM
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The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses
National Symphony Orchestra
For decades, The Legend of Zelda series has captivated gamers with its iconic characters, engrossing gameplay, and unforgettable music. Journey to Hyrule and beyond as the National Symphony Orchestra explores the innovative music and mesmerizing moments from the legendary games—including 2017’s The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
  • Saturday, Jul 22 | 8:30 PM
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Rebelution
Nahko and Medicine for the People
Collie Buddz
HIRIE
Self-described as pioneers of California reggae, this Grammy-nominated band that’s “too blessed to be stressed” “weaves hypnotic threads of alt-rock and pop, retro-funk, blues, dub, [and] even traditional Middle Eastern strains into their bubbling, one-drop reggae groove” (Billboard).
  • Sunday, Jul 23 | 6:30 PM
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George Thorogood & The Destroyers
38 Special
One night with two Gold- and Platinum-selling blues and rock bands! Experience George Thorogood & The Destroyers’ guitar-blazing hits like “Bad To The Bone” and 38 Special’s arena-ready anthems like “Hold On Loosely.”
  • Sunday, Jul 30 | 8 PM
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UPCOMING SHOWS

Diana Ross
Diana Ross

One of the most successful artists of the Motown era both as a solo artist and with The Supremes, Diana Ross’ glowing music catalog includes classics like “I’m Coming Out,” “Upside Down,” and “Stop! In the Name of Love.”
  • Tuesday, Jul 25 | 8 PM
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Regina Spektor
Ben Folds
Regina Spektor
Ben Folds

The “cathartic piano prodigies” (NPR) who once teamed up on “You Don’t Know Me,” share the stage for one night only. Don’t miss Regina Spektor’s masterful storytelling and Ben Folds’ beloved pop and piano ballads.
  • Wednesday, Jul 26 | 8 PM
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Orff: Carmina Burana
Beethoven: Emperor Concerto
National Symphony Orchestra
Orff: Carmina Burana
Beethoven: Emperor Concerto
National Symphony Orchestra

The National Symphony Orchestra, a massive community chorus, and Wolf Trap Opera alumni come together for Orff’s epic Carmina Burana. Korean pianist Seong-Jin Cho, winner of the 2015 Chopin Competition, opens the program with Beethoven’s magnificent “Emperor” concerto.
  • Friday, Jul 28 | 8:15 PM
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Aretha Franklin
Aretha Franklin

Exalting massive “Respect” for her glorious belt and countless gospel-infused hits like “Chain of Fools” and “Think,” the Queen of Soul makes her triumphant return to Wolf Trap.
  • Saturday, Jul 29 | 8 PM
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American Acoustic with
Punch Brothers
I'm With Her
Julian Lage
American Acoustic with
Punch Brothers
I'm With Her
Julian Lage

This blockbuster show features an all-star lineup of some of Chris Thile's closest musical friends and frequent collaborators. The acoustic quintet Punch Brothers, which Thile founded a decade ago, also includes guitarist Chris Eldridge, bassist Paul Kowert, banjoist Noam Pikelny, and fiddle player Gabe Witcher. The Americana acoustic trio I'm With Her comprises singer-songwriter and fiddler Sara Watkins (a Nickel Creek co-founder), singer-songwriter Aoife O'Donovan, and singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Sarah Jarosz.
  • Wednesday, Aug 02 | 8 PM
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Blondie & Garbage
The Rage and Rapture Tour
Deap Vally
Blondie & Garbage
The Rage and Rapture Tour
Deap Vally

Blondie—“the biggest pop sensation of the late 70s” (The Guardian) and the band behind the no. 1 hits “Call Me” and “Heart of Glass”—shares the stage with one of the biggest alt-rock bands of the ‘90s that it helped to inspire. Garbage, whose hits include “Only Happy When It Rains” and current chart-climber “Empty,” creates music that fits into the “radio-friendly delta at the confluence of grunge, shoegaze, and trip-hop” (SPIN).
  • Thursday, Aug 03 | 7:30 PM
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La La Land in Concert
National Symphony Orchestra
La La Land in Concert
National Symphony Orchestra

The winner of six Academy Awards including Best Original Score and Best Original Song, La La Land tells the story of Mia (Emma Stone), an aspiring actress, and Sebastian (Ryan Gosling), a dedicated jazz musician, who are struggling to make ends meet in a city known for crushing hopes and breaking hearts. Set in modern day Los Angeles, this original musical about everyday life explores the joy and pain of pursuing your dreams.
  • Friday, Aug 04 | 8:30 PM
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Jurassic ParkTM - in Concert
National Symphony Orchestra
Jurassic ParkTM - in Concert
National Symphony Orchestra

An adventure 65 million years in the making comes back to the big screen. Watch Steven Spielberg’s original Oscar-winning dinosaur classic in high definition as the National Symphony Orchestra brings John Williams’ iconic music to soaring, scaly life.
  • Saturday, Aug 05 | 8:30 PM
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