Wolf Trap Foundation Announces First Performances of Summer 2016 at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts


  • Celebrate the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary all summer at America’s only National Park for the Performing Arts with monumental acts including Paul Simon, Ray LaMontagne, American Ballet Theatre presenting Romeo and Juliet, and Bonnie Raitt
  • Wolf Trap debuts include indie, folk-rock and soul artists: Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros, Lord Huron, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Lake Street Dive, Sufjan Stevens, Leon Bridges, and more
  • Wolf Trap Foundation co-commissions world premiere production of The Firebird, a multi-arts experience set to Stravinsky’s score created by Janni Younge of South Africa’s acclaimed Handspring Puppet Company, featuring the National Symphony Orchestra
  • Legendary artists include Tony Bennett, “Queen of Bollywood” Asha Bhosle on her farewell tour, The Silk Road Project with Yo-Yo Ma and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis
  • Revisit the ‘80s and ‘90s with pop icons Cyndi Lauper and Boy George; Barenaked Ladies; Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo with Melissa Etheridge; Goo Goo Dolls; and the I Love the 90s tour featuring Salt-N-Pepa with Spinderella
  • Wolf Trap Opera season features a new production of Puccini’s La bohème at the Filene Center
  • National Symphony Orchestra’s summer residency features pianist Yuja Wang; America the Beautiful, a concert honoring the National Parks; and several other programs
  • Beloved radio personality Garrison Keillor makes final Wolf Trap appearances as host of A Prairie Home Companion
  • Flight of the Conchords brings their raucous, highly anticipated reunion tour to Wolf Trap
  • Classic rock and country acts include Kenny Rogers on his farewell tour, Jeff Beck and Buddy Guy, The Band Perry, Lyle Lovett and Emmylou Harris, Chicago and Bryan Adams
  • Musicals, dance, and film include Tony Award-winning musical Ragtime and the 20th Anniversary World Tour of Riverdance; the National Symphony Orchestra joins in a special 35th anniversary screening of Steven Spielberg’s Raiders of the Lost Ark and DreamWorks Animation in Concert

Tickets go on sale to the public March 19; Wolf Trap members buying now
Special promotion on March 19 and 20 only: $10 lawn tickets and $20 rear orchestra tickets to all National Symphony Orchestra performances

Vienna, Virginia (March 3, 2016)Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts has announced the first Summer 2016 performances at the Filene Center at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts. Tickets go on sale to the general public beginning at 10 a.m. March 19; Wolf Trap members (donors of $75 and up) have access to presales and are purchasing tickets now. A complete calendar of performances may be found at wolftrap.org/summer and a press release dedicated to the Fine Arts season is here. Ticketing information and links to print-ready photography are below.

The 17-week summer season at the 7,028-seat Filene Center is made possible through a public-private partnership between the nonprofit Wolf Trap Foundation and the
National Park Service, which celebrates its centennial throughout 2016. Wolf Trap Foundation will honor its unique partnership through a season-long celebration highlighting the qualities that make Wolf Trap special: its commitment to diversity in programming, accessibility and affordability.

“As the only national park for the performing arts, it is Wolf Trap’s obligation and honor to celebrate the role that music and the arts have in our cultural story. As we celebrate the Centennial of the National Park Service, it seems fitting that Wolf Trap’s summer 2016 features a monumental lineup,” said
Arvind Manocha, president and CEO of Wolf Trap Foundation. “Many of the artists who define American performing arts today are joining in the season-long celebration – Paul Simon, American Ballet Theatre, Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma and Sufjan Stevens. The lineup is as beautiful, diverse, and monumental as our national parks and our nation.”

Tickets for all announced performances go on sale to the public on Saturday, March 19. For on-sale opening weekend, March 19 and 20,
National Symphony Orchestra performances, including Wolf Trap Opera’s La bohème, will be offered at $10 for lawn seats and $20 for rear orchestra.

Additional performances at the Filene Center, and all performances at
Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods, will be announced April 7.

Ticketing and On-Sale Information

  • Tickets for these performances go on sale to the public on Saturday, March 19 at 10 a.m.
  • Tickets for performances at the Filene Center start at $10. Pricing varies by performance and seat location. See individual performance listings online or the calendar below for prices.
  • Wolf Trap members have access to exclusive presales and may purchase tickets in advance of the general public. Memberships start at $75. For more information, visit WolfTrap.org/membership.

Beginning March 19, tickets may be purchased:

  • Online at WolfTrap.org
  • By phone at 877.WOLFTRAP
  • In-person at the Filene Center Box Office, 1551 Trap Road, Vienna, VA

Wolf Trap’s 2016 season is made possible by generous support from the following

Wolf Trap Foundation Official Sponsors and Partners:

Dan and Gayle D’Aniello, Wolf Trap 2016 Season Underwriters

The PNC Foundation, Premier Sponsor, 2016 Summer Season

The Boeing Company, Major Sponsor, Rock Legends Series

American Airlines, Official Airline

E. & J. Gallo Winery, Official Wine and Champagne

Hilton McLean Tysons Corner, Official Hotel

WAMU 88.5, Official Media Sponsor, A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor in association with Minnesota Public Radio, Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me!, and Ira Glass


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 contact information)

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

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

  • High-resolution images are available in Wolf Trap’s online newsroom or may be provided upon request.
  • Complete performance information is online at WolfTrap.org, and included in the attached press calendar.
  • Interviews with artists may be available upon request and by arrangement with the Wolf Trap PR team.
  • Requests for complimentary Press Tickets will be accepted beginning April 25, 2016

All artists, repertoire, performance dates and pricing are current as of March 3, 2016, but are subject to change. The most up-to-date information on artists, performances and ticket availability may always be found on Wolf Trap’s website, WolfTrap.org.