Music Moves Us
The Barns Brings International Artists Under One Roof
Sep 29, 2023

The Barns Brings International Artists Under One Roof

From Tango and Arabic orchestral works to Hawaiian melodies and a celebration of South Asian culture, The Barns takes you across borders this season to explore global sounds. Ali Sethi Breakout Pakistani singer Ali Sethi made waves at Coachella last year with his viral hit “Pasoori.” The Harvard grad majored in South Asian studies and later trained in Hindustani classical music. His music marries traditional...

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How It’s Going at Wolf Trap
Aug 21, 2023

How It’s Going at Wolf Trap

After more than 50 years of superb music and unforgettable experiences, Wolf Trap is turning the page to its next chapter and securing the future for generations to come. Thanks to generous supporters of the Campaign for Wolf Trap: Our Next Chapter, Wolf Trap Foundation is breathing new life into this community cultural treasure and reimagining the patron and artist experience through a series of...

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A Day in the Life of a Park Ranger
Jul 28, 2023

A Day in the Life of a Park Ranger

From relocating animals to helping children earn their Junior Ranger badges, no day is ever the same for Will Rifenbark, park ranger at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts For the Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods crowd, Park Ranger Will Rifenbark is a familiar face–even if you don’t know his name. He’s the bearded guy in a hat whom you see driving patrons to the theater...

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New Picnic Recipes by You and for You!
Jul 24, 2023

New Picnic Recipes by You and for You!

Thank you to everyone who submitted their favorite picnic recipes.  It was a very tough choice for our judge, Wolfie, but he narrowed it down to the following two recipes – one creative and one classic! Pesto Chicken Salad Croissants and Avocado Summer Spring Rolls take the win. The full recipes can be found at the bottom. Both dishes would be perfect to enjoy at...

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Memories That Last a Lifetime
Jul 06, 2023

Memories That Last a Lifetime

Culture Queen Makes Her Triumphant Return to Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods to Create Magical Memories, This Time as a Performer Family music artist Jessica “Culture Queen” Hebron is no stranger to Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts. From attending her annual summer “family field trips” as a child to see Filene Center performers like Diana Ross and Ziggy Marley to bringing groups to Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods as...

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Finding Inspiration in Curious Places
Jun 22, 2023

Finding Inspiration in Curious Places

Michael Hearst and His Band Promise a Curious, Unusual, and Extraordinary Adventure for Families at Wolf Trap’s Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods this Summer Imagine a TED Talk for kids, but with live music. Family music artist, author, and Wolf Trap’s Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods performer Michael Hearst is on a mission to captivate the hearts and minds of young audiences with educational performances dedicated to only the world’s most...

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Sharing the Language of Love Through Intergenerational Family Music
Jun 20, 2023

Sharing the Language of Love Through Intergenerational Family Music

Jazzy Ash and The Leaping Lizards Will Perform on the Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods Stage Sunday, June 25 as Part of the Out & About Festival at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts It’s hard to imagine that family music performer Jazzy Ash (née Ashli St. Armant) ever has a bad day. From spirited playground rhymes to soulful lullabies and classic New Orleans-style melodies, Jazzy...

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Family Music Artist “Musiquita” Celebrates Language and Diversity with Music
Jun 14, 2023

Family Music Artist “Musiquita” Celebrates Language and Diversity with Music

Spanish and English-speaking music duo Musiquita is fresh on the family music scene with a mission to celebrate diversity and nurture different cultures and languages with their music, performed in both English and Spanish. Musiquita is comprised of husband and wife duo Blanca Cecilia González, a Juilliard-trained violinist and Colombia native, and Jesse Elder, a professional pianist and the former Music Director of the band...

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Putting a Fun Twist on Science Learning Through Music
Jun 01, 2023

Putting a Fun Twist on Science Learning Through Music

“Kindie” Performer Marsha Goodman-Wood Uses Music to Teach Complex Concepts─and Draws Inspiration from Surprising Places Marsha Goodman-Wood knows her science! She’s a trained cognitive neuroscientist, and she uses this knowledge as a foundation for her work with children. Goodman-Wood is a teaching artist with Arts for Learning Maryland and Maryland Wolf Trap, and is also the lead in a “Kindie” (kids + indie rock) band,...

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Incorporating the “A” in STEAM: Five STEM-Centric Arts Strategies for the Early Childhood Classroom
Jun 01, 2023

Incorporating the “A” in STEAM: Five STEM-Centric Arts Strategies for the Early Childhood Classroom

What does the “A” in “STEAM” represent and why is it so important? Hedda Sharapahn, an early childhood education advocate who is well known for her work with Fred Rogers Institute, has likened STEAM learning for young children to “appreciating the world around us”: science nurtures a sense of wonder and curiosity in young children; technology teaches them about tools; engineering encourages creative problem solving;...

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Tips for Your First Wolf Trap Visit
May 23, 2023

Tips for Your First Wolf Trap Visit

Summer isn’t complete without a visit to the Filene Center and Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts! With all-star performers, amazing local food and drinks, and beautiful natural views, there’s no better place to make memories that will last a lifetime. Here’s what you need to know to make the most of your Wolf Trap debut. 1. Before You Go Before you head...

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Teachable Moments
May 04, 2023

Teachable Moments

Teaching Partners from Greenbelt Children’s Center Share the Lessons They’ve Learned after 40 Years of Working in the Early Childhood Classroom For many young families with children at Greenbelt Children’s Center (GCC), located in Greenbelt, MD, preschool teachers Donna Bell Nance and Christine Grabisch aren’t simply educators and caregivers, they are their trusted partners. In fact, that partnership is a key part of GCC’s mission,...

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