The Barns


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’!


Kevin Griffin {wolftrap.org/b/021916}, Jones Family Sings {wolftrap.org/b/021816}, The Quebe Sisters {wolftrap.org/b/042916}
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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The Barns Celebrates 35 Years
Nov 04, 2015

The Barns Celebrates 35 Years

Presenting Extraordinary Artists Under its Rustic Roof Wolf Trap is a foundation for the performing arts—one that supports an inspiring, nurturing, provocative, and enduring environment for artists and audiences. When Wolf Trap founder Catherine Filene Shouse relocated two 18th-century barns from upstate New York to Virginia to serve as a performance space, she strengthened that foundation significantly. In The Barns, artists of every genre perform....

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Oct 23, 2015

The New Menu at The Barns

Fancy flatbreads and craft brews you can bring right to your seats?! Yes please. The Barns menu got a makeover for the 35th anniversary season, and early reviews rave “The Barns at Wolf Trap takes dinner and a show to a whole new level.” Check out some of our favorites (did we mention the peanut butter cup panini?), then taste for yourself at your next...

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A Taste of What’s Coming to The Barns: Part IV
Oct 23, 2015

A Taste of What’s Coming to The Barns: Part IV

For the 4th installment in our series, hear about Jonathan Biss – who will kick off the Chamber Music Season at The Barns! ____ Jonathan Biss Friday, October 23rd at 7:30pm Jonathan Biss is not only the first artist to perform as a part of the Chamber Music at The Barns series this season, but he was actually the inaugural Founder’s Day Celebration artist! A world-renowned...

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