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Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts Announces Initial Performances for the Reopening of The Barns at Wolf Trap

2021-2022 season celebrates the historic venue’s 40th anniversary

From rock, jazz and blues, to Broadway, folk and classical, The Barns at Wolf Trap welcome audiences back for the first time since March 2020 with acclaimed artists in a uniquely intimate setting

More performances to be announced throughout the Fall beginning September 7; Members purchasing early, public on-sale Friday, August 20

Vienna, Virginia (August 17, 2021)Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts today announced the first performances for the 2021-2022 reopening of The Barns at Wolf Trap. Celebrating 40 years of performances, The Barns is Wolf Trap’s historic 382-seat indoor performance venue. A complete calendar of performances may be found here. See the press room online for additional assets and print-ready images.

“We are greatly looking forward to welcoming audiences and performers back to The Barns at Wolf Trap in a safe and responsible manner. Almost 18 months since the last performance, we will celebrate The Barns 40th anniversary with a wide range of performances to welcome fans back to this intimate and acoustically excellent setting,” said Arvind Manocha, President and CEO of Wolf Trap Foundation. “As we gather in person once more, this season gives patrons the ability to enjoy both legendary and new artists, spanning genres from rock, folk and Americana to the artistry of chamber, Broadway and world music in a way only Wolf Trap can offer.”

The Barns at Wolf Trap opened in 1981 and is comprised of two 18th-century barns made of hand-hewn wood beams and panels. The space is noted for its acoustic excellence and historic charm. With its informal setting and stunning architecture, The Barns is well known for providing a distinct and one-of-a-kind musical experience.

Among the initial slate of shows in the 2021-2022 season, nine artists make their Barns at Wolf Trap debuts – including singer songwriters Jim Messina and Karla Bonoff on separate nights; rock band Damien Jurado + Okkervil River (solo), international cabaret phenomenon Meow Meow; pop music and R&B group The 5th Dimension; Latin Grammy Award winner Nella; the virtuoso considered to be the father of world music Kayhan Kalhor; interactive vocal group Choir! Choir! Choir!; and folk and country singer-songwriter Sean McConnell

Returning favorites include rock singer-songwriter Storm Large; Broadway songstress Linda Eder; English singer and the voice behind the 1984 hit “Missing You,” John Waite; Ohio-based indie/folk group 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; respected and renowned jazz great Branford Marsalis; and more.

Chamber Music at The Barns 2021-2022 performance season opens with Artistic Advisor Wu Han at the piano joined by David Finckel (cello), Arnaud Sussman (violin), and Paul Neubauer (viola); Christmas with Cantus rings in the holiday season; the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center concerts explore the works of Chopin, Spanish Inspirations and The Jazz Effect; The Miró Quartet performs works by Ravel and more; and multi Grammy Award-winning Sharon Ibsin astounds with her classical guitar. Wolf Trap is presenting local arts groups, Opera Lafeyette and Urban Arias in unique operatic programs. 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 stand-up 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.

Safety Guidelines

To keep everyone safe at The Barns at Wolf Trap, Wolf Trap Foundation requires that everyone, including fully vaccinated individuals, wear masks and provide verification of full vaccination upon entry to the venue. For those who are unvaccinated, proof of a negative Covid-19 test taken within 48 hours of the performance is required. Visit wolftrap.org/2021policies for more information.

Please check Wolf Trap’s 2021 Health and Safety Policies and Guidelines at the time of purchase and prior to your performance date, for the most current and up-to-date information and applicable guidelines.

Ticketing and On-Sale Information

  • Tickets for newly announced performances are on sale to the public on Friday, August 20 at 10 a.m. Tickets may be purchased:
  • Ticket prices vary by performance and location and are subject to change. See individual performance listings online at Wolf Trap’s website calendar.
  • Wolf Trap members have access to exclusive presales and may purchase tickets in advance of the general public. For more information, visit wolftrap.org/membership.
  • Additional information, amenities, and protocols will be posted to the Wolf Trap website as information becomes available.

WHEN and WHERE: Tickets for the newly announced performances of The Barns at Wolf Trap’s 2021-22 season are on sale to the public on Friday, August 20 at 10:00 a.m. ET. Tickets may be purchased online at wolftrap.org, the official source for purchasing tickets for performances at Wolf Trap.


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Dan and Gayle D’Aniello, Season Underwriters


About Wolf Trap

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. 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 down the road from the national park and 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 Wolf Trap Foundation year-round, and during the summer months is home to the Grammy-nominated Wolf Trap Opera, one of America’s outstanding professional training programs for early career 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. 

Media Information

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Contact (not for publication): 
Erick Hoffman, Director, Communications
O) 703.255.1917, C) 541.731.4666 or erickh@wolftrap.org

Morgan Elwell, Media Relations Manager
O) 730.255.4096 or morgane@wolftrap.org