Wolf Trap Staff Picks
Jun 12, 2019
Wolf Trap Foundation staff comes from diverse backgrounds with a variety of life experiences. But one thing they all have in common is a love of music and live performances, especially at Wolf Trap. We took an informal poll of staff to find out what concert they were most looking forward to this summer. Along the way, we got some insight into their personalities and some great tips on new music to try this summer. If you are thinking about adding some more concerts to your summer plans, you may discover your new favorite artist among the suggestions below.
I am most looking forward to Rock of Ages because I love musicals and enjoy having the opportunity to see them at a unique venue like Wolf Trap. I am also excited about Weird Al Yankovic with the National Symphony Orchestra because my husband’s eyes lit up when I told him Weird Al was coming here this summer and it’s a great show to see with friends!
—Nessa Ferrell, Coordinator, Social Communications
Diana Ross – I grew up just outside of Detroit and am a huge Motown fan! Also, Jackson Browne because he is a great singer song writer.
—Todd Glowacki, Senior Systems Administrator
Earth, Wind and Fire puts on a stellar performance-you can’t resist being up on your feet & dancing. I took my parents last time they were here and it brought back a lot of great memories of when we used to blast their cassette tape on the way to soccer practice as a kid.
—Jessica Aylor, Financial Analyst
American Ballet Theatre’s Swan Lake! I always love seeing dance in an outdoor setting like Wolf Trap. There’s something so magical about being drawn into the live music, dancers and amazing scenery and costumes onstage while being surrounded by nature.
—Rachel Duzen, Coordinator, Planned Giving
This will be the third summer Tedeschi Trucks Band performs at Wolf Trap and the third time my husband and I will be there! We “discovered” them in 2017 when we went to hear the opening act and Derek Trucks dazzling guitar playing and Susan Tedeschi’s soulful voice blew us away. The energy of the band and the fans makes for an incredibly exciting evening at Wolf Trap.
—Margaret Berardelli, Director, Annual Giving
I am very excited to see SOJA and Sublime with Rome – the perfect way to celebrate summer!
—Sara Shaffer, Director, Art
I cannot wait to see Noseda Conducts Tchaikovsky & Beethoven with the National Symphony Orchestra. Back when I was a teenager, my high school orchestra performed the lesser-known second movement from Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, and I’ve grown to love this slow movement even more than the famous first movement—there are so many musical moments that give me allover-goosebumps. And the fact that it’s Gianandrea Noseda’s Wolf Trap debut makes it even more exciting!
—Rebecca Roberts, Manager, Digital Donor Communications
I am really looking forward to seeing Herbie Hancock and Kamasi Washington. They are both amazing jazz musicians and hearing them in one concert is a rare treat. In fact, the concert at Wolf Trap is the first show on their tour. Herbie Hancock is a legendary figure in modern jazz, while Kamasi Washington is a newly risen jazz star. I’ve never been to their live performances before, so really excited about this opportunity.
—Katya Fentsova, Assistant, Program & Production
I am looking forward to Lyle Lovett and Mavis Staples. My husband and I always catch the Lyle Lovett show—he is one of our favorites (and our baby is named Lyle too so that makes it extra special). I’m particularly excited about seeing him with Mavis. I’ve been trying to see her for years but it has never worked out. She’s having a big moment right now! She has new music out and has collaborating with a lot of Wolf Trap favorite artists including Sheryl Crow and Bonnie Raitt. I think she and Lyle are going to sound great together!
—Mary Addie, Program Coordinator, National and Affiliate Services, Wolf Trap Institute
Rossini’s The Barber of Seville by Wolf Trap Opera because I’m excited to see a comedic opera!
—Clarisse Gaillard, Graphic Designer
The concert we’re most looking forward to is Ringo Starr. When my daughter was a baby, the only thing that would keep her happy in her car seat was listening to Yellow Submarine. On repeat. For hours. How could we miss a chance to see Ringo while he’s here?
—Kelley Choi, Program Coordinator, DC/MD/VA Program, Wolf Trap Institute
Kacey Musgraves because Golden Hour has become one of my favorite albums!
—Megan Mansell, Coordinator, Marketing