The Barns


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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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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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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A Spring Wedding at The Barns
Jun 10, 2016

A Spring Wedding at The Barns

For a couple who is fun, lovable, and wildly unique, the perfect wedding space was a must! Brigid and Cara chose The Barns at Wolf Trap as their venue for a lovely spring wedding. Wedding guests celebrated, dined, and danced in the German Barn, transformed into an enchanting garden with ferns, yellow ranunculus, and twinkling ficus trees. Each element of their wedding shared a piece...

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A Blueprint for Innovative Music
Apr 04, 2016

A Blueprint for Innovative Music

When the Aizuri Quartet debuts at Wolf Trap on Friday, beloved works by Beethoven and Schumann will fill The Barns. But there’s one piece on the program that will be new to everyone’s ears: Blueprint, commissioned by Wolf Trap Foundation and composed by Pulitzer Prize-winning musician Caroline Shaw, will have its world premiere. Here, Shaw shares her inspiration for the work: Blueprint World Premiere, Commissioned by...

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St. Patrick’s Day Playlist: The Alan Kelly Gang
Mar 09, 2016

St. Patrick’s Day Playlist: The Alan Kelly Gang

Looking for something to do on St. Patrick’s Day? Come & see The Alan Kelly Gang at The Barns! Until then, click below to listen to our leprechaun-approved playlist & prepare to get whisked away to the ‘Emerald Isle’!


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Feb 01, 2016

Sweet Confessions: A Valentine’s Day Q&A with Wolf Trap Artists

In honor of Valentine’s Day, a few of our Barns artists  dished about sweet subjects—from chocolatey treats to celebrity crushes. Check out their answers, and be sure to catch Kevin Griffin of Better Than Ezra (above top left); Alexis Jones (top right) and The Jones Family Singers, and The Quebe Sisters (bottom) when they stop by The Barns at Wolf Trap. Kevin Griffin: Someone named a...

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Wolf Trap’s Inaugural Chamber Music Artistic Advisor: Jonathan Biss
Nov 16, 2015

Wolf Trap’s Inaugural Chamber Music Artistic Advisor: Jonathan Biss

World-renowned pianist Jonathan Biss is joining Wolf Trap Foundation as its first Chamber Music Artistic Advisor. In addition to his performance schedule, he has spent eight summers at the Marlboro Music Festival, and has written extensively for prestigious media outlets about the composers with whom he shares a stage. A member of the faculty of his alma mater, the Curtis Institute of Music, since 2010,...

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