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Wolf Trap Announces Initial Lineup of The Barns at Wolf Trap’s 2019-2020 Season

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

  • Multicultural musical collaboration Silk Road Ensemble makes its Barns debut
  • Tony award-winning Broadway and television stars, Sutton Foster and John Lloyd Young bring their Broadway talents to the stage
  • Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Ronnie Spector returns to The Barns for a two-night Christmas celebration
  • Renowned guitarists Jesse Cook, Leo Kottke, and Trace Bundy make their Barns debuts
  • Returning favorites include singer-songwriter Storm Large, drummer and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Max Weinberg, legendary singer-songwriter Karla Bonoff, Richmond-based rockers the Pat McGee Band, comedy troupe The Second City Masters of Hawaiian Music, and more
  • Popular pianists returning to the stage this season include John Eaton, George Winston, and Jim Brickman
  • Americana, folk and rock artists include Aoife O’Donovan, Lucy Kaplansky, John McCutcheon, Over the Rhine, and duo Magpie
  • The world’s premier touring guitar festival, International Guitar Night, brings two nights of unique and diverse acoustic guitar performances
  • Internationally renowned pianist Wu Han curates the Chamber Music at The Barns season based on Fiona Maddocks’ book Music for Life: 100 Works to Carry You Through, which includes performances by Wu Han and cellist David Finckel, the Escher String Quartet, the Brentano String Quartet, pianist Jeffrey Kahane, and more


More performances to be announced throughout the Fall beginning September 3; Members purchasing early, public on-sale Friday, August 9

Vienna, Virginia (August 1, 2019)Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts today announced the first performances of the 2019-2020 season at The Barns at Wolf Trap, its historic 382-seat indoor venue. A complete calendar of performances may be found here. See the press room online for additional assets and print-ready images.

“The Barns provide an intimate, relaxed, and comfortable atmosphere that allows Wolf Trap fans to experience pure talent and artistry up close and personal year-round,” said Arvind Manocha, President and CEO of Wolf Trap Foundation. “This season, patrons can enjoy legendary and new artists, spanning genres from rock, folk and Americana to chamber and world music.”

In keeping with Wolf Trap’s mission, The Barns at Wolf Trap highlights artistic exploration and accessibility to a broad range of music lovers in an intimate indoor setting. Composed of two 18th-century barns made of hand-hewn wood beams and panels, The Barns opened in 1981 and is well known for providing a distinct and impressive musical experience with its excellent acoustics and striking architecture.

Among the initial slate of shows in the 2019-2020 season, six artists make their Barns at Wolf Trap debuts – including guitarist extraordinaire Leo Kottke; Broadway star Sutton Foster; “The Acoustic Ninja” Trace Bundy; Silk Road Ensemble, the musical mission started by Yo-Yo Ma to fuse cultures through music; Spanish guitar ensemble Flamenco Legends; and more.

Returning favorites include singer-songwriter Storm Large; Americana artist Aoife O’Donovan; American drummer and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Max Weinberg; Celtic Rock band Enter The Haggis; Eileen Ivers’ A Joyful Christmas show; indie/folk band Over The Rhine; the incomparable singer-songwriter Karla Bonoff; Masters of Hawaiian Music; Tony award-winner John Lloyd Young; Richmond-based rockers the Pat McGee Band; two nights with pianist Jim Brickman; Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Ronnie Spector & The Ronettes; and more.

Chamber Music at The Barns 2019-2020 performance season emanates from Fiona Maddocks’ book Music for Life: 100 Works to Carry You Through and opens with Artistic Advisor Wu Han at the piano with her husband and frequent collaborator cellist David Finckel, exploring two emotional extremes in Joy and Sorrow, through the works of Bach, Mendelssohn, Glazunov, and Chopin. The series musically expresses Drama Notturno, Songs of Thanksgiving, Exuberance, and Pilgrimage through performances by The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center; the Brentano String Quartet; the Escher String Quartet; and pianist Jeffrey Kahane. View the full Chamber Music at The Barns press release in the online press room.

The Barns also hosts performances that expand beyond music and into comedy, with shows like the ever-popular Evening of Comedy and improv comedy troupe The Second City. For a complete listing of all performances, please visit WolfTrap.org/Barns.

Additional performances will be announced throughout the Fall beginning on September 3 on WolfTrap.org, on Wolf Trap’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram channels, and through email newsletters (sign up at WolfTrap.org/email).

Advance tickets go on sale to Wolf Trap Foundation members beginning now. Tickets go on sale to the public Friday, August 9. To learn more about Wolf Trap membership, visit wolftrap.org/membership.

Special thanks to Dan and Gayle D’Aniello, Wolf Trap 2019 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.

Tickets for The Barns at Wolf Trap

The most up-to-date information on artists, performances and ticket availability may be found on Wolf Trap’s website, WolfTrap.org.

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