Pre-Performance Discussions are offered on select evenings on the Old Farmhouse Lawn (Note: the Star Trek Into Darkness pre-performance discussion will be on the Associates Deck). 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.

2016 Pre-Performance Discussions

June 10 at 7 pm - Ragtime, The Musical
Cast member Chris Sams (Coalhouse Walker Jr.)

July 1 at 7:15 pm - America the Beautiful | NSO
Emil de Cou, conductor
Nicholas Bardonnay, Creative Director & CEO of Westwater Arts

July 8 at 7:15 pm - Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue | Yuja Wang, piano | NSO
Emil de Cou, conductor

July 16 at 7:30 pm - American Ballet Theatre's Romeo and Juliet
Kevin McKenzie, Artist Director, ABT

July 23 at 7:15 pm - The Firebird | NSO
Janni Younge, Handspring Puppet Company

July 29 at 7:15 pm - Tchaikovsky & Debussy | Chad Hoopes, violin | NSO
Emil de Cou, conductor

July 30 at 7:15 pm on the Associates Deck - Star Trek Into Darkness | NSO
Adam Nimoy, Director, For the Love of Spock
David Zappone, Producer, For the Love of Spock
Terry Farrell, Actress, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Michael Giacchino, Composer, Star Trek Into Darkness
Dave Lavery, Program Executive for Solar System Exploration, NASA HQ
Michelle Thaller, Deputy Director of Science Communications, NASA HQ
Moderator - Bob Jacobs, Deputy Associate Administrator, Office of Communication, NASA HQ
Moderator - Emil de Cou, Conductor, National Symphony Orchestra

August 5 at 7:15 pm - La bohème | NSO
Lee Anne Myslewski, Wolf Trap Opera & Classical Programming

August 11 at 7 pm - The Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma
Colin Jacobsen, violin, The Silk Road Ensemble
Nicholas Cords, viola, The Silk Road Ensemble