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Review: Aretha Franklin at Wolf Trap

Last night was a miracle of sorts. The heavy rains forecast to wash out the Aretha Franklin concert at The Filene Center of the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts didn’t show up. And, contrary to her checkered record of performances over the years, Franklin did show up – more or less on time […]

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A performance of The Beast in the Bayou. Photo courtesy of Enchantment Theatre Company.

Interview: Landis and Jennifer Smith Discuss ‘The Beast in the Bayou’ to play at Wolf Trap July 6-7th and Penn’s Landing July 11th

The great thing about fairy tales is their malleability. Fairy tales have been around for millennia and are often transported from country to country, morphing with each region and time that they inhabit. Enchantment Theatre Company carries on the proud tradition of adopting fairy tales with it’s latest piece of children’s theater, The Beast in […]

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Review: Sheryl Crow at Wolf Trap

In support of her latest album, aptly entitled Be Myself, nine-time Grammy Award-winning, singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow returned to Wolf Trap. The sold-out crowd at the Filene Center eagerly embraced her 20-song set list, which included all her fan-favorite hits. Revved up from a pulsating, 40-minute, modern country-rock opening by Lukas Nelson (son of country legend […]

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Bernadette Peters.  Photo courtesy of Judy Katz Public Relations.

Review: ‘Bernadette Peters’ at Wolf Trap

There’s something special about outdoor summer concerts: the light breeze, the chirping crickets, the enjoyment of good music in summer. But when you have all that and the performer is Broadway legend Bernadette Peters, you know you’re in for a special treat. And tonight’s concert was indeed a special treat: her voice in fine shape, […]

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Review: “Weird Al” Yankovic at Wolf Trap

“All bets are off,” says Wolf Trap’s website, when “Weird Al” Yankovic, King of Parody, takes over the concert hall. Absolutely anything can happen. 35 years on, the polka-dancing, accordion-playing weirdo with the iconic curly hair is still kicking. And he’s better than ever. It’s an incredible feat that for this long he’s been able […]

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Review: Bryan Adams at Wolf Trap

If you’re looking for the fountain of youth, look no more, it’s called Rock ‘N Roll. Boyish and Renaissance man Bryan Adams transported through a time machine from the 1980s to grace Wolf Trap’s stage Friday night. He is 55 years young with 100 million album sales, two young kids, a just released 13th studio album, […]

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Review: Kristin Chenoweth at Wolf Trap

On a hot, humid summer evening at the Wolf Trap Performing Arts Center last night, the lithe and absolutely charismatic Broadway, television, and singing sensation Kristin Chenoweth brought out the balmy breeze of her immense talent through a disarming set of 18 (or so) eclectic songs and lively, iconoclastic comedic patter for ninety glorious minutes. […]

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Review: The Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma at Wolf Trap

A high school teacher of mine used to say that there are two universal languages in the world. One is math; the other is music. Simply stated at the time, its message has echoed through my life in wonderful, often surprising ways, and I’m delighted to say the most recent of which was on a […]

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Review: The Band Perry at Wolf Trap With Jordan Rager

Pioneers and Comeback Kids – an Evening with The Band Perry The cowboy hats came out to play at Wolf Trap’s Filene Center on August 7, welcoming The Band Perry to Vienna, Va. The trio, comprised of siblings Kimberley, Reid, and Neil, made their debut in 2010 with their self-titled album which boasted several No. […]

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Gershwin’s ‘Rhapsody in Blue’ With the National Symphony Orchestra with Pianist Yuja Wang, Conducted by Lionel Bringuier at Wolf Trap

It was a stifling hot, totally sticky humid July evening in the DC area. Cooling breezes under the glowing wooden open structure that is Wolf Trap’s Filene Center at first were few and far between even with an 8:15 p.m. performance. Then the evening burst into something way cool. This evening became a dynamic, shimmering […]

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Review: Bob Dylan at Wolf Trap With Mavis Staples

Bob Dylan and the balmy air of the Mid-Atlantic summer: the folksy voice of an era and the backwoods feel of Wolf Trap seem like they were meant to go together. However, for those fans hoping for a glimpse of that 1960’s Dylan likely would have been disappointed with last night’s performance. The Dylan that […]

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In the Moment: Wolf Trap and the NSO Celebrate 100th Anniversary of National Parks Service on Friday, 7/1

American epic grandeur will be visible and heard at Wolf Trap when the National Symphony Orchestra presents America the Beautiful in a grand pre-July 4th event. There will be breath-taking large-scale images that many will instantly recognize from travels or iconic photographs and movies. They are icons of America’s natural beauty from various National Parks around […]

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Review: ‘Black Violin’ at The Barns at Wolf Trap

Black Violin performed a genre-shattering fusion of classical and hip hop in an unforgettable concert last night at The Barns at Wolf Trap.  Black Violin is composed of Kev Marcus (aka Kevin Sylvester) and Wil B (Wilner Baptiste), two classically trained string instrumentalists who met in high school 20 years ago in Miami. Between Kev’s […]

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