Pre-performance Discussions

Pre-Performance Discussions are offered on select evenings on the Old Farmhouse Lawn. These discussions offer insight and interpretation of the evening's performance. They begin 1 hour before the scheduled show time and end with plenty of time to reach your seat before the show starts.

The Old Farmhouse Lawn is located to the left of the main gate/Box Office area for the Filene Center. Chairs are provided, or you may bring a blanket and enjoy your picnic during the presentation. For additional information, visit the
National Park Service websiteemail the National Park Service, or call 703.255.1824.

2015 Pre-Performance Discussions

June 13 at 7 pm - The Pirates of Penzance
Albert Bergeret, Artistic Director, New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players

June 19 at 7:30 pm - Back to the Future
Alan Silvestri, composer
Lea Thompson, actress
Moderator: Emil de Cou, conductor

June 21 at 7:15 pm - Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture
Emil de Cou, conductor 

July 11 at 7:15 pm  - Beethoven's Symphony No. 5
Grace Cho

July 24 at 7:15 pm -
Verdi's Aida in Concert
Lee Anne Myslewski, Wolf Trap Opera & Classical Programming

August 1 at 7:30 pm -
Star Trek
Michael Giacchino, composer
Moderator: Emil de Cou, conductor

August 7 at 7:15 pm - Madama Butterfly
Lee Anne Myslewski, Wolf Trap Opera & Classical Programming

August 29 at 7:00 pm - Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club
James Early, former director of Cultural Studies and Communication at the Center for Folklife Programs and Cultural Studies at Smithsonian Institution
Amanda Gill, artistic director of DC Casineros
Adrian Valdivia, co-director of DC Casineros
Moderator: Rosa Grillo, Principal, Grillo Engagement Strategies, LLC
Cuban Son Dance Demonstration by DC Casineros