Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts Announces Chamber Music at the Barns’ 2015-2016 Season


  • Pianist Jonathan Biss Serves at First-Ever Artistic Advisor for Chamber Music at the Barns, Curating a Nine-Concert Series Featuring Artists from All Corners of the Globe
  • Season Concludes with the Aizuri Quartet performing a Wolf Trap-Commissioned World Premiere by Pulitzer Prizewinning Composer Caroline Shaw
  • Acclaimed Tenor and Wolf Trap Opera Alumnus Lawrence Brownlee returns to The Barns
  • Chamber Music at the Barns’ 2015-2016 Season Includes Seven Wolf Trap Debuts
  • Patrons Invited to Meet Artists at Post-Performance Receptions

Members purchasing early, public on-sale Friday, August 7

Vienna, Virginia (August 4, 2015)Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts today announced the 2015-2016 Chamber Music at The Barns season, curated by Wolf Trap’s first-ever Artistic Advisor, American pianist Jonathan Biss. Chamber Music at the Barns takes place at Wolf Trap’s historic and intimate 382-seat indoor venue, and runs October through April. This release complements the announcement of the entire 2015-2016 Barns season, which also includes pop, jazz, blues and more. Ticketing information and a calendar of Chamber Music at The Barns performances can be found here. Print-ready images may be found here.

“Chamber Music at the Barns has always been a special, intimate experience, but the 2015-2016 season brings the series to a new level with stellar collection of established talents and exciting young ensembles,” commented Arvind Manocha, president and CEO of Wolf Trap Foundation. “As our first Artistic Advisor, Jonathan Biss has been a great partner to Wolf Trap and we are thrilled to introduce his vision to our audiences at the Barns.”

As the inaugural Artistic Advisor, Biss collaborated with Wolf Trap over the course of several months to recommend both artists and repertoire for the 2015-2016 season. In addition to his curation role, Biss opens the season with a program featuring works by Mozart, Schönberg and Schumann.

At the age of 17, Biss was Wolf Trap’s first Shouse Debut Artist, an award given to promising young musicians. As part of his prize, he performed in concert alongside legendary violinist
Isaac Stern.

“The concert was one of the more improbable and memorable moments of my life. To say that it was a dream come true suggests that it was something that I had conceived of as remotely possible; this was not the case,” commented Biss. “It is slightly surreal and very moving to come back to The Barns 18 years later to help in planning Chamber Music at the Barns. Wolf Trap took a huge chance on me all 
those years ago. While none of the wonderful artists coming this season are remotely as inexperienced now as I was then, having a hand in inviting musicians who are, in many cases, still in the early stages of their careers, presents me with the opportunity to ‘pay forward’ a small fraction of what was given to me.”

Season highlights include the
Aizuri Quartet, winner of the 2015 Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition, performing a world-premiere by Pulitzer prizewinning composer Caroline Shaw, commissioned by Wolf Trap Foundation. Wolf Trap Opera alumnus and acclaimed Rossinian tenor Lawrence Brownlee will perform a recital accompanied by mentor and Senior Director of Wolf Trap Opera, Kim Pensinger Witman. The Philadelphia Orchestra Chamber Ensemble, made up of principal musicians from one of America’s finest orchestras, presents a rare afternoon of chamber music.

Seven programs feature Wolf Trap debuts, including Chinese pianist
Kuok-Wai Lio and Hungarian pianist Zoltán Fejérvári on a duo piano program, and Israeli violinist and recent Avery Fischer grant-winner Itamar Zorman. Praised for their “blazing, larger-than-life performances” (The Washington Post), the Ariel Quartet also makes their Wolf Trap debut.

Following the strong reception for last season’s vocal programming, British octet
Voces8 will make their Wolf Trap debut performing “Light Devine” a program exploring the desire for comfort and light throughout the ages. For the first time, the Barns at Wolf Trap will offer a holiday concert, featuring the German a cappella ensemble Calmus performing traditional and contemporary holiday music.

With its informal setting and stunning architecture, the Barns at Wolf Trap is a one-of-a-kind musical experience. Comprised of two 18
th-century barns made of hand-hewn wood beams and panels, the space is noted for its acoustic excellence and historic charm. Following each Chamber Music at the Barns concert, patrons are invited to meet the artists at a reception in the English Barn. Light refreshments will be served.

Wolf Trap members (donors of $75 and above) are invited to purchase their tickets beginning today, in advance of public on-sale. Tickets go on sale to the public
Friday, August 7.


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 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.

Tickets for The Barns at Wolf Trap
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