The Barns at Wolf Trap 2016-2017 Season Kicks Off October 5


 From rock, jazz and blues, to folk and classical, The Barns at Wolf Trap features acclaimed artists in a uniquely intimate setting

  • Opening week features Grammy-winning jazz legend Dee Dee Bridgewater, folk violinists Celtic Fiddle Festival, and two performances from Grammy and Tony award-winner Patti LuPone
  • Chamber Music at The Barns begins October 28 with three of the most lauded names in chamber music – pianist Wu Han, violinist and Emerson Quartet member Philip Setzer, and cellist David Finckel 
  • Additional 2017 performances to be announced throughout fall

Vienna, Virginia (September 29, 2016) – Music moves inside this Fall as Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts kicks off the 2016-2017 season at The Barns at Wolf Trap on Wednesday, October 5. The season features a full slate of artists encompassing genres from rock, jazz, blues, to indie, country and classical. A full calendar of events may be found at Print-ready images may be found here

The Barns at Wolf Trap season opens with jazz legend Dee Dee Bridgewater, making her Wolf Trap debut. Opening week also includes celebrated folk violinists Celtic Fiddle Festival and two performances from Grammy, Tony, and Olivier Award-winning stage and screen icon Patti LuPone

Highlights throughout the season include three rare and intimate performances from Art Garfunkel; songwriter and Eagles’ collaborator JD Souther; folk-rocker Willie Nile; Broadway songstress and pop-culture favorite Laura Benanti; post-60s jazz and indie rock group The Bad Plus; and Branford Marsalis Quartet with guest vocalist Kurt Elling. Artists back by popular demand include Rickie Lee Jones; Eric Burdon and the Animals; Jim Brickman; and Livingston Taylor, among others.  

Chamber Music at The Barns celebrates its 20th season with a lineup curated by the acclaimed Emerson String Quartet, the series’ 2016-2017 Artistic Advisors. The series begins October 28 with three of the most lauded names in chamber music – pianist Wu Han, violinist and Emerson Quartet member Philip Setzer, and former Emerson cellist David Finckel in an all-Beethoven program. View the complete nine-concert Chamber Music at The Barns series at

Artists making their Wolf Trap debuts include world-renowned Indian tabla player Bickram Ghosh with his ensemble Bickram Ghosh’s Drums of India; folk singer formerly of Grammy-winning duo The Civil Wars’ John Paul White; superstar drummer and Prince protégée Sheila E.; and folk rocker and former front man of Great Big Sea Alan Doyle. Wolf Trap debuts also include Washington, D.C.-based American roots band Bumper Jacksons; former Fountains of Wayne front man in his new solo project Look Park; Grammy-winning guitar wizard Steve Vai; Broadway star Aaron Tveit; virtuosic Ethiopian vocalist Mahmoud Ahmed; Malian Grammy-winning poet-guitarists Tinariwen, and member of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble and acclaimed bagpiper Cristina Pato

Additional 2017 performance dates will be added throughout the fall. To buy tickets or to see the full schedule, visit

Special thanks to Dan and Gayle D’Aniello, Wolf Trap 2016 Season Underwriters.


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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