Wolf Trap Announces First Of Summer 2014 Performances

Lionel RichieWolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts announces the first set of performances for its highly anticipated 2014 Summer Season.

  • Lionel Richie and CeeLo Green make their Wolf Trap debut for a two-night stand of blockbuster “All the Hits All Night Long” tour
  • Classical highlights include the National Symphony Orchestra with icons Yo-Yo Ma and Jean-Yves Thibaudet
  • The Philadelphia Orchestra returns to Wolf Trap for its only 2014 metro D.C. appearance
  • Jazz highlights include the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, and Pat Methenyon a bill with fellow Grammy-winning artist Bruce Hornsby
  • Expanded dance offerings include PilobolusNoche Flamenca; the final D.C. performance of the Trey McIntyre Project; and, in a Face of America™ program, debuts of the Oregon Ballet and Pacific Northwest Ballet, featuring a world premiere Wolf Trap commission
  • Expansive opera season includes a Filene Center production of Carmenas well as the appointment of the first Wolf Trap Opera Artist in Residence, Eric Owens
  • Chart-topping artists include Josh GrobanDarius RuckerSarah McLachlan, and Il Volo
  • Returning icons Ringo StarrDiana Ross, Heart, and Crosby, Stills & Nash
  • Family-friendly concerts include Disney’s Beauty and the Beast
  • NSO pop and film programs include D.C.-area debut of Pixar in ConcertDisney Fantasia Live in Concert; and a collaboration with Mary Chapin Carpenter

As America’s only National Park for the Performing Arts, Wolf Trap celebrates all genres of music in its 16-week summer season, welcoming all with a priority on accessibility and affordability.

“In this 30th anniversary year of the rebirth of the Filene Center following devastating fires—a process that saw the community band together to support the arts—we are proud to welcome the greatest names across the spectrum of music, including Lionel Richie, Yo-Yo Ma, Wynton Marsalis, and Josh Groban,” said Arvind Manocha, Wolf Trap Foundation President and CEO. “Whether you’re a fan of symphonic music, opera, R&B, or rock, every music lover can celebrate Wolf Trap this summer.”

Wolf Trap’s second summer show announcement will follow on April 17, 2014. All shows are at the Filene Center at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, 1551 Trap Road, Vienna, VA (unless otherwise noted).

Full chronological listing of all 2014 shows announced to date follows:

May, 2014

A Prairie Home Companion
With Garrison Keillor and Special Guests
In association with Minnesota Public Radio & WAMU 88.5 FM
Friday, May 23 at 8 pm
Saturday, May 24 at 5:45 pm
The nation’s favorite radio host leads an ensemble cast through his radio variety show featuring comedy sketches, musical guests, and Keillor’s signature monologue, “The News from Lake Wobegon.”

Under the Streetlamp
Gentleman’s Rule
Friday, May 30 at 8 pm
Slick dance moves and tight harmonies from the retro-inspired Jersey Boys quartet and an eight-man a cappella powerhouse produced by the founder of Straight No Chaser.

June, 2014

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast
Friday–Sunday, June 6–8 at 8 pm
Saturday & Sunday, June 7 & 8 at 2 pm
“Be Our Guest!” Belle and her enchanted entourage prove love conquers all in this family-favorite musical with an Oscar-winning score, featuring “Something There” and “If I Can’t Love Her.”

Trey McIntyre Project
Wednesday, June 11 at 8:30 pm
In its final D.C. performance, this inventive and bold contemporary ballet company performs to Queen’s glam-rock stylings.

Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band
Featuring Steve Lukather, Todd Rudgren, Gregg Rolie, Richard Page, Mark Rivera, and Gregg Bissonette
Thursday, June 12 at 8 pm
Celebrate an era of rock ‘n’ roll virtuosos from The Beatles, Santana, Journey, Toto, and more! In a review of the 50-year anniversary Beatles tribute concert, The New York Times wrote, “The celebration, like that ‘Ed Sullivan Show’ a half-century ago, belonged to the Beatles themselves. First was Mr. Starr: bounding onstage to sing Carl Perkins’s ‘Matchbox,’ settling in at the drums to play and sing the Shirelles’ ‘Boys’ and finishing with a jolly ‘Yellow Submarine.’ They were still having fun.”

Il Volo
Friday, June 13 at 8 pm
Pop-opera trio of Italian teen heartthrobs combines soaring voices with playful charm in a multilingual “mixture ofAndrea Bocelli and the Jonas Brothers” (The New York Times).

Wolf Trap’s 25th Annual Louisiana Swamp Romp
Saturday, June 14 at 2 pm
The Big Easy party is back! Dance to Louisiana’s hottest bands and jump in the second-line parade.

John Butler Trio
Wednesday, June 18 at 7:30 pm
There’s nothing “Better Than” acoustically driven roots-rock and reggae ballads from heartfelt Australian multi-instrumentalists.

Daryl Hall & John Oates
Thursday, June 19 at 8 pm
Still making your dreams come true with unforgettable soul and rock anthems, these Rock and Roll Hall of Famers are the most successful pop duo of all time.

Pixar in Concert
National Symphony Orchestra

Emil de Cou, conductor

Friday, June 20 at 8:30 pm
All of your favorite animated Pixar films on the big screen, including Finding Nemo, Up, Toy Story, andMonsters, Inc., paired with memorable scores played by the National Symphony Orchestra.
Pixar in Concert © Disney/Pixar

Sing-A-Long Grease
Saturday, June 21 at 8:30 pm
Rev up your vocal chords for an ultimate summer night with the Rydell High gang and sing along with the hits you’re hopelessly devoted to as the original 1978 film is projected in-house and on the lawn, with lyrics on screen.

The Philadelphia Orchestra
Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 and more!
Bramwell Tovey, conductor

The Choral Arts Society of Washington
Wolf Trap Opera Soloists
Saturday, June 28 at 8:15 pm
After an absence of 15 years, the Philadelphia Orchestra returns for its only 2014 D.C.-area performance, with a triumphant performance of Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” masterpiece and more, accompanied by The Choral Arts Society of Washington and Wolf Trap Opera soloists.

Diana Ross
Sunday, June 29 at 8 pm
Motown’s supreme legend has inspired generations of singers with her endless stream of No. 1 hits from “You Can’t Hurry Love” to “I’m Coming Out.”

June at The Barns at Wolf Trap:

Handel’s Giulio Cesare
Wolf Trap Opera
Antony Walker, conductor
Friday, June 27 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, June 29 at 3 pm
Handel’s most popular opera focuses on Julius Caesar’s visit to Egypt in 48 BC and his encounter with the exotic Cleopatra.

July, 2014

Tuesday, July 1 at 8:30 pm
Wild creativity and daring, athletic modern dance that “makes dance lovers do a double take—and non-dance lovers ooh and ahh” (Dance Magazine).

Crosby, Stills & Nash
Thursday, July 3 at 8 pm
Folk royalty of Woodstock reunite in musical celebration of one of the most creative supergroups in rock ‘n’ roll history.

Disney Fantasia Live in Concert
National Symphony Orchestra

Emil de Cou, conductor
Friday & Saturday, July 11 & 12 at 8:30 pm
Experience Disney magic on the big screen when the National Symphony Orchestra casts an enchanting musical spell on sorcerer Mickey and other cherished characters from the animated masterpiece.
Disney Fantasia Live in Concert © Disney

Straight No Chaser
Thursday, July 17 at 8 pm
Raise your glass! Ten a cappella innovators are here to get the party started with an upbeat collection of medleys and pop covers featuring Michael Jackson, Adele, and Dolly Parton.

Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano
National Symphony Orchestra

Andrew Litton, conductor

Friday, July 18 at 8:15 pm
“One of the best pianists in the world” (The New York Sun) showcases poetic musicality in dazzling interpretations of Tchaikovsky, Ravel, and Rossini.

Huey Lewis & The News
Sunday, July 20 at 8 pm
Return to “The Heart of Rock ‘n’ Roll” with infectious Grammy-winners whose chart-topping, horn-driven hits unleash “The Power of Love.”

Lionel Richie and CeeLo Green
All the Hits All Night Long
Monday, July 21 at 8 pm
Tuesday, July 22 at 8 pm
Multiplatinum R&B icon and a fresh hip-hop hit-maker will have you “Dancing on the Ceiling” like “Crazy.”

Bizet’s Carmen
Wolf Trap Opera
With the National Symphony Orchestra
At the Filene Center at Wolf Trap
Grant Gershon, conductor
Friday, July 25 at 8:15 pm
Wolf Trap Opera and the National Symphony Orchestra in a thrilling tale of love, lust, and desire—fully staged and costumed with custom Operascape video projection design.

Sarah McLachlan
Saturday, July 26 at 8 pm
With emotional ballads and ethereal vocals, this Grammy-winning “Angel” has become “pop’s voice of compassion and consolation” (NY Times).

Darius Rucker
Sunday, July 27 at 7:30 pm
Trailblazing country singer and acclaimed Hootie & the Blowfish front man shines on earnest hits such as “Alright” and “Wagon Wheel.”

Tuesday, July 29 at 8 pm
Power ballads and melodic hard rock—including “Barracuda” and “Alone”—from ultimate “Magic” women who’ve released 20 unforgettable Top 40 singles.

Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis
Wednesday, July 30 at 8 pm
Jive with Grammy Award-winning jazz master Wynton Marsalis and the all-star orchestra hailed as the “finest big band in the world today” (The Daily Telegraph).

July at The Barns at Wolf Trap:

Handel’s Giulio Cesare
Wolf Trap Opera
Antony Walker, conductor
Tuesday, July 1 at 7:30 pm
Handel’s most popular opera focuses on Julius Caesar’s visit to Egypt in 48 BC and his encounter with the exotic Cleopatra.

Aria Jukebox
Sunday, July 13 at 3 pm
The 2014 Filene Young Artists sing operatic favorites with Kim Witman at the piano.

Houseful of Song
Saturday, July 19 at 3 pm
Sunday, July 20 at 3 pm
Steven Blier and a trio of Filene Young Artists get domestic as they perform songs for every room of the house!

August, 2014

Mary Chapin Carpenter: Songs From The Movie
National Symphony Orchestra

Vince Mendoza, conductor

Friday, August 1 at 8:15 pm
Captivating orchestral arrangements from an intimate country/rock Grammy winner’s new album, Songs From The Movie.

Yo-Yo Ma
National Symphony Orchestra

Thomas Wilkins, conductor

Saturday, August 2 at 8:15 pm
World’s most famous cellist stirs the imagination with expressive performances that have earned him more than 15 Grammy Awards and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Dark Star Orchestra
Sunday, August 3 at 7 pm
With a “fanatical attention to detail” (Rolling Stone), this ultimate Grateful Dead tribute band has been “Truckin'” on a long, strange trip to resurrect the spirit and sound of psychedelic rockers.

Pat Metheny Unity Group
Bruce Hornsby
Campfire Tour 2014
Wednesday, August 6 at 7:30 pm
Boundary-pushing jazz quintet meets genre-hopping pop pianist and songwriter behind ’80s hit “The Way It Is.”

Noche Flamenca
Tuesday, August 12 at 8:30 pm
Spellbinding live music with song and dance reveal the essence of flamenco at its most authentic.

Boney James and Eric Benét
Thursday, August 14 at 8 pm
Smooth, soulful hits from genre-busting saxophonist Boney James and sensual R&B crooner Eric Benét.
Friday, August 15 at 8 pm
Globally acclaimed composer whose epic orchestrations fuse otherworldly synthesized sound with gorgeous instrumentation.

ABBA – The Concert
Saturday, August 16 at 8 pm
“Mamma Mia” here they go again! Take a chance on this ultimate tribute band that recreates the look and sound of the world’s most phenomenal pop ensemble.

Josh Groban
Tuesday, August 19 at 8 pm
Wednesday, August 20 at 8 pm
Multiplatinum vocalist charms with inspirational pop ballads and lush arias such as “You Raise Me Up,” “You’re Still You,” and “You Are Loved.”

Lyle Lovett & His Large Band
Friday, August 22 at 8 pm
Texas’s beloved “Cowboy Man” and his all-star band blend wry humor with blues, gospel, and swing for an eclectic alt-country songbook.

Sing-A-Long Sound of Music
Saturday, August 23 at 7:15 pm
Maria, the Von Trapp family, and even the lonely goatherd are back to bring you a few of your favorite things: the beloved sing-a-long to the classic film shown on huge screens with lyrics and an unforgettable costume contest.

Heaven on Earth Tour
Sunday, August 24 at 8 pm
Extraordinary “Rock and Roll Band” with enduring guitar-driven anthems and “Smokin'” harmonies that spark “More than a Feeling.”

Pacific Northwest Ballet
Oregon Ballet Theatre
A Face of America™ Production

Wednesday, August 27 at 8 pm
Pacific Northwest Ballet premieres Wolf Trap-commissioned work by up-and-coming choreographer Andrew Bartee, featuring a live performance by the Chromatics and stunning scenic film from Olympic National Park and other majestic parks of the Pacific Northwest. Oregon Ballet Theatre dances to the music of indie rock favorites Fleet Foxes.

August at The Barns at Wolf Trap:

French Double Bill
Milhaud’s Le pauvre matelot
Poulenc’s Les mamelles de Tirésias
Wolf Trap Opera
Timothy Myers, conductor
Friday, August 8 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, August 10 at 3 pm
Saturday, August 16 at 7:30 pm
In their company premieres, Wolf Trap Opera pairs to rare 20th-century French one-act operatic gems.

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