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Sep 22, 2016

Wolf Trap Opera’s
The Rape of Lucretia

Wolf Trap Opera’s new production of Benjamin Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia was performed in June 2016. It featured performances by the Filene Young Artists of the 2016 season roster and was conducted by Craig Kier and directed by Louisa Muller, with set design by Erhard Rom, costumes by Kara Harmon, wigs & makeup by Anne Nesmith, and lighting by Robert H. Grimes....

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The Art of Teaching
Sep 15, 2016

The Art of Teaching

Wolf Trap Institute Employs Creativity in the Classroom You’re racing toward an intersection on your way to work and the light turns from green to yellow. You’re too far away to make it through, so you stop. It’s a simple decision, one you make automatically, never missing a beat in the song on the radio that you’re singing along with. But the child on the...

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Emerson String Quartet: A Living Legacy of Chamber Music
Sep 12, 2016

Emerson String Quartet: A Living Legacy of Chamber Music

Smaller is often better. These are words that chamber musicians live by. The grandeur of Beethoven’s symphonies, for example, is undeniable, but his late string quartets are often thought to be superior, reflecting a depth and complexity that the composer achieved only in his later years. For 20 years, Chamber Music at The Barns has followed the same principle, making Wolf Trap’s most intimate venue...

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Inside The Barns: 10 Things You Might Not Know
Sep 12, 2016

Inside The Barns: 10 Things You Might Not Know

Summer’s over, but the music doesn’t stop. Get a look inside The Barns—featuring some of the finest acts in music, this year-round, historic theater has a one-of-a-kind, intimate setting. View the schedule here. It’s rustic, yet refined. Constructed from two 18th-century barns, The Barns has been outfitted with 21st-century refinements that provide awesome acoustics, state-of-the-art lighting, and civilized amenities. Rich in history, this intimate space (only...

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Stories of #WolfTrap Teachers
Sep 09, 2016

Stories of #WolfTrap Teachers

  “Last fall, I was privileged to work in a Loudoun County classroom with preschool children who have special needs. Ms. Laura, the classroom teacher, said her deepest wish was to find a way to reach one particular child – I’ll call him Michael. I had read about children like Michael, but in all my years of teaching I had never before encountered anyone with...

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Sep 06, 2016

New lighting at The Barns

New for the 2016 Wolf Trap Opera season are 28 intelligent lighting fixtures. Now Barns production manager Bob Grimes is putting them through their rock ’n’ roll paces. They’re fully networked, conform to industry standards, and run off a state-of-the-art ETC board. Focus, color, and shape are all computer- controlled. “Everything you do as a technician and designer should always support the performance,” Grimes says....

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September 6 is National Read a Book Day!
Aug 30, 2016

September 6 is National Read a Book Day!

Next to his Wolf Trap membership card, Wolfie’s most prized possession is his library card. And he absolutely devours books by Barns artists. He’s getting lots of good tips from Stage Performance, which Livingston Taylor (March 2) based on the course he teaches at Berklee College of Music. Next up: Patti LuPone’s (October 7–8) memoir of a career that has seen her triumph on stages...

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Aug 25, 2016

Happy Birthday, National Park Service!

Happy 100th birthday, National Park Service! On this day in 1916, President Woodrow Wilson created the agency that would be responsible for preserving our nation’s inheritance. Today, it cares for the over 400 unique natural, cultural, and historical national park units across the country. As the only National Park for the performing arts, Wolf Trap is honored to celebrate #NPS100!


Main St. Development Center 2011
Aug 19, 2016

A National Conversation on Learning Through the Arts

There’s an exciting conversation taking place in our country right now. And a powerful mix of people doing the talking—everyone from the First Lady to the U.S. Secretary of Education; from famous musicians to decision- makers on Capitol Hill; and from teachers and parents nationwide to all of us here at Wolf Trap....

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PNC Rockin’ Doubleheader Recap
Aug 17, 2016

PNC Rockin’ Doubleheader Recap

Wolf Trap teamed up with Summer Season Premier Sponsor PNC and the Washington Nationals for the PNC Rockin’ Doubleheader, a contest giving one winner a full day of VIP experiences at Nationals Park and Wolf Trap! Our lucky winner Robyn recapped her day for us.  Read all about it here: The PNC Rockin’ Doubleheader was an amazing day. When I entered the contest, I was...

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Intern Instagram Takeover
Aug 17, 2016

Intern Instagram Takeover

By: Patrick King (Intern, Internships & Community Programs, Summer 2016) Twelve weeks ago when I started my internship at Wolf Trap, I had no idea how amazing my summer would be! Wolf Trap interns spend the summer learning and working hard behind the scenes in a range of different departments and a variety of roles. Unlike a lot of summer internships, we aren’t just sitting...

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