The Barns at Wolf Trap 2015-2016 Season Kicks Off This Weekend

The Barns at Wolf Trap

Music moves inside for The Barns at Wolf Trap’s 35th anniversary season; see acclaimed artists in uniquely intimate setting

  • Opening week features Broadway star Megan Hilty, The Ann Wilson Thing, and British singer-songwriter Benjamin Clementine in his D.C.-area debut.
  • Chamber Music at The Barns begins on October 23 with renowned American pianist Jonathan Biss, who also serves as the inaugural Artistic Advisor for the nine-concert series.
  • Seven new shows announced today go on sale to the public Friday, October 9:
    • Eric Burdon and The Animals – February 10 & 11 at 8 p.m.
    • Kevin Griffin of Better Than Ezra – February 19 at 8 p.m.
    • 1964: The Tribute – February 24 at 8 p.m.
    • 29th Annual Evening of Comedy – May 6 at 8 p.m. & May 7 at 7 & 9:30 p.m.
  • Additional performances to be announced

Vienna, Virginia (October 6, 2015) – The weather is cooling down and the music is moving inside to The Barns at Wolf Trap beginning Friday, October 9. Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts celebrates The Barns 35th anniversary season with revived public and backstage areas for the 300-year old buildings, upgraded food and beverage menu, and a full slate of artists encompassing genres from rock, jazz, blues, to indie, country and classical. A full calendar may be found at Print-ready images may be found here.

 “The Barns is an urban oasis – intimate, historic, and one of a kind,” said
Arvind Manocha, president and CEO of Wolf Trap Foundation. “35 years old is young enough to have fun, yet old enough to know better – which is precisely how we approached the programming this season.”

The Barns at Wolf Trap season kicks off with two performances from Broadway star
Megan Hilty (October 9). Opening week also includes two sold-out shows from Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Ann Wilson making her solo debut with The Ann Wilson Thing (October 12 & 13). Rounding out opening week is one of Rolling Stones' “10 New Artists You Need to Know” who went from busking on the streets of Paris to becoming the most shared artist on Spotify, Benjamin Clementine (October 14). This show marks his D.C.-area debut in one of only four U.S. performances before returning to Europe. 

This season, patrons will find a refreshed ambiance when entering The Barns – including a completely revamped food and beverage menu. Patrons can come to the show early to savor a delicious meal – from starters featuring artisan cheeses and imported meats to a made-to-order Panini or duck confit flatbread – and a premium glass of wine or craft beer. As always, patrons may enjoy food and beverages from the bar at their seats while taking in the performance.

Other highlights this season include:
Joan Armatrading (October 31 and November 1) in her final North American performances of her final World Tour; award-winning bluegrass ensemble Mountain Heart (November 8); gospel-soul funk group The Jones Family Singers (February 18); a spotlight on India with Folk Dances of India (October 17) and Falu’s Bollywood Orchestra (January 15); and a night of comedy with Chicago’s legendary comedy troupe The Second City (March 24 & 26).  The Barns at Wolf Trap also hosts Chamber Music at The Barns, which features a nine-concert series curated and kicked-off by renowned American pianist Jonathan Biss (October 23). To view a full calendar of Chamber Music please visit

Additionally, 14 artists make their Barns debuts, including Grammy Award-winning folk star
Suzanne Vega and Tony Award-winning singer-songwriter-composer Duncan Sheik (November 18 & 19);  Virginia natives and country rockers Old Dominion (October 22); contemporary jazz and blues vocalist Catherine Russell (October 30); soul rockers Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds (November 5); jazz singer Madeleine Peyroux (November 17); Grammy-winning Latin-jazz duo Herb Alpert and Lani Hall (February 29 & March 1), the Rock Creek Singers and Potomac Fever – two vocal ensembles from the Gay Men’s Chorus of DC (January 30), bluegrass quintet The SteelDrivers (March 18), jazz legends Ellis and Delfeayo Marsalis (April 20), and sibling fiddlers The Quebe Sisters (April 29).

Today, Wolf Trap announces seven new performances including
Eric Burdon and The Animals (February 10 & 11), Kevin Griffin of Better Than Ezra (February 19), 1964: The Tribute (February 24), and 29th Annual Evening of Comedy (May 6 & 7). These shows go on sale on to the public on Friday, October 9.  Wolf Trap continues to announce additional Barns performances every two weeks through November 17.  To buy tickets or to see the full schedule, visit


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, 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.

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