Monthly Archives: September 2016


Patti Lupone performing Woulda , Coulda, Shoulda at 54 Below on July 22, 2013. 

Photo credit ; Rahav iggy Segev / Photopass.com
Sep 28, 2016

Barns Broadway Babies

The Great White Way might be over 200 miles away, but you don’t have to trek up to New York City to see Tony winners and Broadway favorites. Get up close and personal at The Barns. Dee Dee Bridgewater October 5 at 8 pm “Ease on Down the Road” and witness Dee Dee Bridgewater’s powerhouse vocals that earned her a Tony Award for her role...

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A Day in the Life of The Barns
Sep 28, 2016

A Day in the Life of The Barns

The Barns is by far Wolf Trap’s coziest venue, accommodating 382 patrons to the Filene Center’s 7,028. But a Barns show still involves dozens of people working around the clock to make sure everything goes off without a hitch. A peek behind the curtain shows how Wolf Trap works to keep artists happy and to make sure visitors have the night of their lives. The...

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Wolf Trap Opera’s The Rape of Lucretia
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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