Wolf Trap and the National Symphony Orchestra Celebrate 30 Years of Back to the Future, Friday, June 19

Back to the Future

North American premiere of composer Alan Silvestri’s expanded score to feature
Pre-Performance Discussion with actress Lea Thompson and onsite photo opportunities with vintage DeLoreans

Vienna, Virginia (June 11, 2015) – Go Back to the Future on Friday, June 19, when Wolf Trap and the National Symphony Orchestra present the North American premiere of the classic 1985 sci-fi comedy complete with live orchestra. Fans will have the chance to hear actress Lea Thompson, take snaps with classic DeLoreans, and be among the very first to hear composer Alan Silvestri’s newly expanded score to this unforgettable film. A schedule of activities and ticketing information are below. Media requests, including requests to interview artists, may be directed to the Wolf Trap Public Relations Team.

2015 marks the 30th anniversary of this beloved action comedy starring a young Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly, who accidentally transports himself back to 1955 using a DeLorean time machine designed by Doc (Christopher Lloyd) and unwittingly becomes the object of his teenage mother’s (Lea Thompson) affections.

The year 2015 holds an added significance, because in Back to the Future II, Marty travels forward to October 21, 2015, where he steps out of his DeLorean and into a world eerily similar to our own: Skype-like communications, flat-screen televisions, and biometrics (predictions of hover-boards and self-tying shoes have yet to be realized). Back to the Future became the highest grossing film of 1985 and launched one of the most successful franchises in Universal's history.

Now Back to the Future takes to the road on its first tour with live orchestra. The National Symphony and NSO at Wolf Trap Festival Conductor Emil de Cou give the North American premiere of the production. To commemorate the event, Academy Award nominee Alan Silvestri composed an additional 15 minutes of music, which will be heard by a North American audience for the first time at Wolf Trap’s 7,028-seat open-air amphitheater.

An hour before the show, audience members are invited to join actress Lea Thompson and composer Alan Silvestri on the Old Farm House Lawn for a pre-performance discussion. In addition, local car enthusiasts are lending DeLoreans, which will be onsite for audience members to take photos before and after the performance.

Schedule of Activities and Patron Information


Friday, June 19, 2015

Wolf Trap’s Filene Center
1551 Trap Road, Vienna VA

7:00 p.m. – Gates open, photo ops in front of Box Office with DeLoreans
7:30 p.m.  – Pre-Performance Discussion with actress Lea Thompson and composer Alan Silvestri Old Farm House Lawn 
8:30 p.m. - Performance

Back to the Future is rated PG and the event is appropriate for families. The approximate running time for the film is 2.5 hours. The film will be shown on a high-definition screen above the Orchestra, with an additional screen on the exterior of the Filene Center for lawn patrons.

Tickets: Tickets start at $30, and may be purchased online at WolfTrap.org, by phone at 877.WOLFTRAP, or in-person at the Box Office (see Box Office Hours).


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 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.

Media Information (please do not publish)

Back to the Future b-roll and Wolf Trap venue b-roll are available upon request. High-resolution images are available upon request or at www.wolftrap.org/press-and-media.

Emily Smalling, Coordinator, Public Relations
703.255.4096 or emilys@wolftrap.org

Michelle Pendoley, Director, Public Relations
703.255.1917 or michellep@wolftrap.org