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Jun
1
Sat
STEVEN BLIER: 25TH ANNIVERSARY also featuring JOSEPH LI & WOLF TRAP OPERA SOLOISTS @ The Barns at Wolf Trap
Jun 1 – Jun 2 all-day

Steven Blier of NYFOS returns for his 25thAnniversary recital joined by Joseph Li at the piano and a cast of new and familiar faces. Stage Director Katherine Carter also returns to celebrate Blier’s legacy and breathe new life into the program he has crafted.

LIVE FROM HERE with CHRIS THILE @ Filene Center at Wolf Trap
Jun 1 @ 5:45 pm
Live from Here with Chris Thile is a Saturday night destination for radio audiences everywhere. This variety show heard by 2.6 million listeners each week features a unique blend of musical performances, comedy, and audience interaction. Acclaimed musician and songwriter Chris Thile of Punch Brothers and Nickel Creek welcomes a wide range of well-known and up-and-coming talent to share the stage and create a beautiful listening experience.
Guest artists to be announced.
Jun
8
Sat
Legend of the Jade Hairpin: Shanghai Kunqu Troupe
Jun 8 @ 7:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Immerse yourself in this full-length performance of the classical Chinese music-drama Legend of the Jade Hairpin by China’s leading kunqu troupe. The presentation (with English and Chinese surtitles) features lavish costumes and makeup, along with live music by a seven-piece traditional ensemble.

Written in the sixteenth century, Legend of the Jade Hairpin is a love story about a young scholar and a Taoist nun who are betrothed as children, separated by warfare, and unknowingly reunited at a monastery. The drama became a staple of entertainment in the sophisticated courts of China’s emperors and empresses for three hundred years.

The Shanghai Kunqu Troupe has toured Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, France, Denmark, Germany, and the United Kingdom—but it hasn’t appeared at the Smithsonian since 2013. This performance is presented in cooperation with the Wintergreen Kunqu Society and in conjunction with Empresses of China’s Forbidden City, 1644–1912.

Images courtesy of Shanghai Kunqu Troupe.

Jun
9
Sun
Entertainment for an Empress: Shanghai Kunqu Troupe
Jun 9 @ 1:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Two colorful scenes from classical Chinese music-dramas are performed in full costume and makeup along with accompaniment by a seven-piece traditional orchestra. In the first one, “The Matchmaking” from The Butterfly Dream, Taoist philosopher Chuang-tzu returns from his travels in search of wisdom and tests his wife’s fidelity by faking his own death. Following that is “Fleeing Down the Mountain” from Records of an Evil Sea. A young Buddhist monk escapes monastic life only to meet along the way a nun who is fleeing her own monastery.

Images courtesy of Shanghai Kunqu Troupe.

Entertainment for an Empress: Shanghai Kunqu Troupe
Jun 9 @ 3:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Two colorful scenes from classical Chinese music-dramas are performed in full costume and makeup along with accompaniment by a seven-piece traditional orchestra. In the first one, “The Matchmaking” from The Butterfly Dream, Taoist philosopher Chuang-tzu returns from his travels in search of wisdom and tests his wife’s fidelity by faking his own death. Following that is “Fleeing Down the Mountain” from Records of an Evil Sea. A young Buddhist monk escapes monastic life only to meet along the way a nun who is fleeing her own monastery.

Images courtesy of Shanghai Kunqu Troupe.

Jun
12
Wed
CARACALLA DANCE THEATRE: ONE THOUSAND AND ONE NIGHTS @ Filene Center at Wolf Trap
Jun 12 @ 8:00 pm
The “king of the musical theater world in the Middle East” (The Washington Post) makes its debut at Wolf Trap with a grand musical and balletic trilogy. One Thousand and One Night Nights takes audiences on a majestic journey to a far away and magical land where they will encounter a doomed king, a dazzling bazar, a mystical sorcerer, and more! Featuring music from Korsakov’s acclaimed Scheherazade and Ravel’s timeless Boléro.

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Caracalla Dance Theatre

Jun
13
Thu
Jazz in the ‘Hoods at Tudor Place: Nichole Saphos Trio @ Tudor Place Historic House & Garden
Jun 13 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Relax on the beautiful Tudor Place grounds with the music of a jazz trio featuring bassist Nicole Saphos. Saphos has performed at The Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Strathmore Mansion, and The Kimmel Center, and has played with Terell Stafford, Joanna Pascale, The Cab Calloway Orchestra, Sharon Clark, Chuck Redd, and Paul Carr. She has been featured in the Washington City Paper, and earned the Exceptional Bass Soloist Award from the Essentially Ellington Competition in 2008.

Since 2005, the DC Jazz Festival (DCJF) organization has provided enriching and entertaining jazz performances and programs that introduce students and adults from all walks of life to jazz, our nation’s singular original art form. Tudor Place is pleased to welcome jazz fans to our historic grounds as a host of the 2019 Jazz Festival’s Jazz in the ‘Hoods program. We will be vending light snacks and non-alcoholic drinks during this outdoor event.

This outdoor event will take place rain or shine. Please dress for the weather!

Tickets for Tudor Place events are non-transferable. If you need a refund or can no longer use your tickets, please contact us at education@tudorplace.org.

Jun
18
Tue
ROCK OF AGES – TENTH ANNIVERSARY TOUR @ Filene Center at Wolf Trap
Jun 18 – Jun 19 all-day
Broadway’s Best Party is turning up the volume to ten! Nominated for five Tony Awards, Rock of Ages captures the iconic era of 1980s Hollywood. Featuring the music of hit bands such as Styx, Poison, Twisted Sister, Whitesnake, and more, this tenth anniversary production will have you ready to rock!

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Rock of Ages

Jun
22
Sat
Performance: Entertainment for an Empress: Chinese Opera
Jun 22 @ 6:30 pm – 8:45 pm

Enjoy brief selections from famous Beijing opera and kunqu plays with two actors in the full makeup and costumes of this lavish court tradition. At 6:30 pm, hear the duet “A Stroll in the Garden” from The Peony Pavilion, composed in 1598 and the most popular court play during the Qing dynasty. At 7:30 pm, hear the solo “The Drunken Royal Consort,” and at 8:30 pm, hear the duet “A Banquet for Two,” both from The Palace of Eternal Life. Written in 1688, this epic tale tells of political corruption, military revolt, and social unrest through the love story of Emperor Minghuang and Lady Yang.

Performing are Michelle Ling Yang and Qingqing Wu of the Oriental Operatic Artists Association in New York. Yang received her theater training at the Tianjin Institute of Performing Arts in China. She went on to perform leading roles with the Tianjin Peking Opera House and appeared in popular Chinese movies and television series. Since coming to the United States, she has performed at the Peabody Essex Museum and at Columbia, Princeton, Yale, Brown, and New York Universities.

Presented in conjunction with Empresses of China’s Forbidden City, 1644–1912 and as part of Smithsonian Solstice Saturday.

Performance: Entertainment for an Empress: Chinese Opera
Jun 22 @ 7:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Enjoy brief selections from famous Beijing opera and kunqu plays with two actors in the full makeup and costumes of this lavish court tradition. At 6:30 pm, hear the duet “A Stroll in the Garden” from The Peony Pavilion, composed in 1598 and the most popular court play during the Qing dynasty. At 7:30 pm, hear the solo “The Drunken Royal Consort,” and at 8:30 pm, hear the duet “A Banquet for Two,” both from The Palace of Eternal Life. Written in 1688, this epic tale tells of political corruption, military revolt, and social unrest through the love story of Emperor Minghuang and Lady Yang.

Performing are Michelle Ling Yang and Qingqing Wu of the Oriental Operatic Artists Association in New York. Yang received her theater training at the Tianjin Institute of Performing Arts in China. She went on to perform leading roles with the Tianjin Peking Opera House and appeared in popular Chinese movies and television series. Since coming to the United States, she has performed at the Peabody Essex Museum and at Columbia, Princeton, Yale, Brown, and New York Universities.

Presented in conjunction with Empresses of China’s Forbidden City, 1644–1912 and as part of Smithsonian Solstice Saturday.

THE WORLD TURNED UPSIDE DOWN: GLUCK’S MERLIN’S ISLAND and ULLMANN’S THE EMPEROR OF ATLANTIS @ The Barns at Wolf Trap
Jun 22 @ 7:30 pm
Merlin’s Island: Gluck’s clever opera is a light-hearted parody that takes nothing seriously.
The Emperor of Atlantis: Death decides to teach mankind a lesson in this powerfully dramatic work.
MERLIN’S ISLAND
Music by Christoph Willibald Gluck
Libretto by Louis Anseaume, based on Lesage and D’Orneval’s Le monde renversé

Two Parisians are shipwrecked on an island paradise where the rich marry the poor, lawyers are always honest, spouses are always faithful, and artists are wealthier than businessmen. Heaven? Not quite. A takeoff on 18th century French vaudeville, Merlin’s Island is brimming with inspired music, beautiful ensembles, and heartwarming characters.

THE EMPEROR OF ATLANTIS

Music by Viktor Ullmann
Libretto by Peter Kien
A New Production
A mad emperor declares universal war against everyone and offends Death. The result is a chaotic world in which the living no longer laugh, the dying no longer die, and life and death have lost their meaning. This daring satire was written while Ullmann was interned in the Nazis’ Terezín ghetto and examines the arrogance of unstoppable power and humanity’s resilience. This controversial and brilliant opera is full of humor and poignancy, with music that ranges from blues and German folk tunes to a Bach chorale.
  • Inside the Opera pre-show talk begins 1 hour before curtain at The Barns
  • Performance running time: 2.5 hours including one intermission
  • Sung in French and German with projected English translations
Performance: Entertainment for an Empress: Chinese Opera
Jun 22 @ 8:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Enjoy brief selections from famous Beijing opera and kunqu plays with two actors in the full makeup and costumes of this lavish court tradition. At 6:30 pm, hear the duet “A Stroll in the Garden” from The Peony Pavilion, composed in 1598 and the most popular court play during the Qing dynasty. At 7:30 pm, hear the solo “The Drunken Royal Consort,” and at 8:30 pm, hear the duet “A Banquet for Two,” both from The Palace of Eternal Life. Written in 1688, this epic tale tells of political corruption, military revolt, and social unrest through the love story of Emperor Minghuang and Lady Yang.

Performing are Michelle Ling Yang and Qingqing Wu of the Oriental Operatic Artists Association in New York. Yang received her theater training at the Tianjin Institute of Performing Arts in China. She went on to perform leading roles with the Tianjin Peking Opera House and appeared in popular Chinese movies and television series. Since coming to the United States, she has performed at the Peabody Essex Museum and at Columbia, Princeton, Yale, Brown, and New York Universities.

Presented in conjunction with Empresses of China’s Forbidden City, 1644–1912 and as part of Smithsonian Solstice Saturday.

Jun
26
Wed
THE WORLD TURNED UPSIDE DOWN: GLUCK’S MERLIN’S ISLAND and ULLMANN’S THE EMPEROR OF ATLANTIS @ The Barns at Wolf Trap
Jun 26 @ 7:30 pm

Merlin’s Island: Gluck’s clever opera is a light-hearted parody that takes nothing seriously.

The Emperor of Atlantis: Death decides to teach mankind a lesson in this powerfully dramatic work.

MERLIN’S ISLAND

Music by Christoph Willibald Gluck
Libretto by Louis Anseaume, based on Lesage and D’Orneval’s Le monde renversé

Two Parisians are shipwrecked on an island paradise where the rich marry the poor, lawyers are always honest, spouses are always faithful, and artists are wealthier than businessmen. Heaven? Not quite. A takeoff on 18th century French vaudeville, Merlin’s Island is brimming with inspired music, beautiful ensembles, and heartwarming characters.

THE EMPEROR OF ATLANTIS

Music by Viktor Ullmann
Libretto by Peter Kien
A New Production

A mad emperor declares universal war against everyone and offends Death. The result is a chaotic world in which the living no longer laugh, the dying no longer die, and life and death have lost their meaning. This daring satire was written while Ullmann was interned in the Nazis’ Terezín ghetto and examines the arrogance of unstoppable power and humanity’s resilience. This controversial and brilliant opera is full of humor and poignancy, with music that ranges from blues and German folk tunes to a Bach chorale.

  • Inside the Opera pre-show talk begins 1 hour before curtain at The Barns
  • Performance running time: 2.5 hours including one intermission
  • Sung in French and German with projected English translations
Jun
28
Fri
THE WORLD TURNED UPSIDE DOWN: GLUCK’S MERLIN’S ISLAND and ULLMANN’S THE EMPEROR OF ATLANTIS @ The Barns at Wolf Trap
Jun 28 @ 7:30 pm

Merlin’s Island: Gluck’s clever opera is a light-hearted parody that takes nothing seriously.

The Emperor of Atlantis: Death decides to teach mankind a lesson in this powerfully dramatic work.

MERLIN’S ISLAND

Music by Christoph Willibald Gluck
Libretto by Louis Anseaume, based on Lesage and D’Orneval’s Le monde renversé

Two Parisians are shipwrecked on an island paradise where the rich marry the poor, lawyers are always honest, spouses are always faithful, and artists are wealthier than businessmen. Heaven? Not quite. A takeoff on 18th century French vaudeville, Merlin’s Island is brimming with inspired music, beautiful ensembles, and heartwarming characters.

THE EMPEROR OF ATLANTIS

Music by Viktor Ullmann
Libretto by Peter Kien
A New Production

A mad emperor declares universal war against everyone and offends Death. The result is a chaotic world in which the living no longer laugh, the dying no longer die, and life and death have lost their meaning. This daring satire was written while Ullmann was interned in the Nazis’ Terezín ghetto and examines the arrogance of unstoppable power and humanity’s resilience. This controversial and brilliant opera is full of humor and poignancy, with music that ranges from blues and German folk tunes to a Bach chorale.

  • Inside the Opera pre-show talk begins 1 hour before curtain at The Barns
  • Performance running time: 2.5 hours including one intermission
  • Sung in French and German with projected English translations
THE WORLD TURNED UPSIDE DOWN: GLUCK’S MERLIN’S ISLAND and ULLMANN’S THE EMPEROR OF ATLANTIS @ The Barns at Wolf Trap
Jun 28 @ 7:30 pm

Merlin’s Island: Gluck’s clever opera is a light-hearted parody that takes nothing seriously.

The Emperor of Atlantis: Death decides to teach mankind a lesson in this powerfully dramatic work.

MERLIN’S ISLAND

Music by Christoph Willibald Gluck
Libretto by Louis Anseaume, based on Lesage and D’Orneval’s Le monde renversé

Two Parisians are shipwrecked on an island paradise where the rich marry the poor, lawyers are always honest, spouses are always faithful, and artists are wealthier than businessmen. Heaven? Not quite. A takeoff on 18th century French vaudeville, Merlin’s Island is brimming with inspired music, beautiful ensembles, and heartwarming characters.

THE EMPEROR OF ATLANTIS

Music by Viktor Ullmann
Libretto by Peter Kien
A New Production

A mad emperor declares universal war against everyone and offends Death. The result is a chaotic world in which the living no longer laugh, the dying no longer die, and life and death have lost their meaning. This daring satire was written while Ullmann was interned in the Nazis’ Terezín ghetto and examines the arrogance of unstoppable power and humanity’s resilience. This controversial and brilliant opera is full of humor and poignancy, with music that ranges from blues and German folk tunes to a Bach chorale.

  • Inside the Opera pre-show talk begins 1 hour before curtain at The Barns
  • Performance running time: 2.5 hours including one intermission
  • Sung in French and German with projected English translations
RAIN: A TRIBUTE TO THE BEATLES @ Filene Center at Wolf Trap
Jun 28 @ 8:00 pm
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Abbey Road (1969), RAIN will bring the greatest hits of this epic recording to life, in addition to everyone’s early Beatles favorites. This mind- blowing performance takes audiences back in time with the legendary foursome delivering a note-for-note theatrical event that is “the next best thing to seeing the Beatles” (Associated Press). Experience the world’s most iconic band, and come celebrate the best of Abbey Road with RAIN – A Tribute to The Beatles.

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RAIN

Jun
30
Sun
Folkways Family Concert: Honoring Pete Seeger
Jun 30 @ 10:30 am – 2:30 pm

Join us for an inspired—and inspiring—family day as part of the fifty-third annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival, focused on the social power of music. Enjoy a concert on the National Mall celebrating the great Pete Seeger, who would have been one hundred years old in May. Taking the stage will be a stellar group of musicians from Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, including Sonia De Los Santos, the Bright Siders, Dan Zanes + Claudia Eliaza, and Elizabeth Mitchell. Plus, participate in fun family activities on the Freer plaza.

About the 2019 Smithsonian Folklife Festival: The Social Power of Music
Be it the lilt of a lullaby or the syncopated rhythm of a sacred bell, music conveys cultural values while expressing an unlimited range of meanings and emotions. When it compels us to engagement and exchange, it displays a remarkable capacity to promote shared understanding, transcend difference, and fuel social cohesion. Music’s power—its social power—resides in its ability to transmit knowledge while synchronizing activities that create, sustain, and, occasionally, break bonds within and between cultures.

THE WORLD TURNED UPSIDE DOWN: GLUCK’S MERLIN’S ISLAND and ULLMANN’S THE EMPEROR OF ATLANTIS @ The Barns at Wolf Trap
Jun 30 @ 3:00 pm
Merlin’s Island: Gluck’s clever opera is a light-hearted parody that takes nothing seriously.

The Emperor of Atlantis: Death decides to teach mankind a lesson in this powerfully dramatic work.

MERLIN’S ISLAND

Music by Christoph Willibald Gluck
Libretto by Louis Anseaume, based on Lesage and D’Orneval’s Le monde renversé

Two Parisians are shipwrecked on an island paradise where the rich marry the poor, lawyers are always honest, spouses are always faithful, and artists are wealthier than businessmen. Heaven? Not quite. A takeoff on 18th century French vaudeville, Merlin’s Island is brimming with inspired music, beautiful ensembles, and heartwarming characters.

THE EMPEROR OF ATLANTIS

Music by Viktor Ullmann
Libretto by Peter Kien
A New Production

A mad emperor declares universal war against everyone and offends Death. The result is a chaotic world in which the living no longer laugh, the dying no longer die, and life and death have lost their meaning. This daring satire was written while Ullmann was interned in the Nazis’ Terezín ghetto and examines the arrogance of unstoppable power and humanity’s resilience. This controversial and brilliant opera is full of humor and poignancy, with music that ranges from blues and German folk tunes to a Bach chorale.

  • Inside the Opera pre-show talk begins 1 hour before curtain at The Barns
  • Performance running time: 2.5 hours including one intermission
  • Sung in French and German with projected English translations
Big Head Todd and the Monsters with Toad the Wet Sprocket and The Posies @ Filene Center at Wolf Trap
Jun 30 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Celebrate 30 years of two incredible alternative rocks bands! Jam to the catchy hooks and the heaviest grooves of multi-headed rock beast Big Head Todd and the Monsters (“Boom Boom,” “Bittersweet”), and sing along to the hits of melodic quartet Toad the Wet Sprocket (“All I Want,” “Walk on the Ocean”).
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Jul
5
Fri
HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE™ in Concert with the NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA @ Filene Center at Wolf Trap
Jul 5 @ 8:30 pm – 8:30 pm
The Harry Potter™ film series is a once-in-a-lifetime cultural phenomenon that delights millions of fans around the world. This concert will feature the National Symphony Orchestra performing every note from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire™. Audiences will be able to relive the magic of the film in high-definition on a giant HD screen while hearing the orchestra perform Patrick Doyle’s unforgettable score live to picture.
HARRY POTTER characters, names and related indicia are © & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. WIZARDING WORLD trademark and logo © & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Publishing Rights © JKR. (s19)
Film will be projected in HD onto big screens in-house and on the lawn.
Dress the Part! Fans are encouraged to dress like their favorite wizarding-inspired character for this performance.

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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire™ in Concert

Wolf Trap is proud to expand its accessibility programming with the addition of open captioning for all its movie screenings at the Filene Center for guests who are deaf or experiencing hearing loss. Open Captioning features an electronic text display which shows what is being said or sounds heard onscreen.