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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.

Jul
6
Sat
HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE™ in Concert with the NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA @ Filene Center at Wolf Trap
Jul 6 @ 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.

MORE INFO

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.

Jul
11
Thu
AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE – SWAN LAKE @ Filene Center at Wolf Trap
Jul 11 @ 8:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Of all the great classics performed by American Ballet Theatre, Swan Lake remains the quintessential ballet. Featuring the unforgettable corps de ballet moving in magical unison as the majestic, glimmering swans, this ballet has left audiences breathless for generations. This romantic fable of ill-fated passion, dreamlike transformation, and ultimate forgiveness set to Tchaikovsky’s glorious score inspires awe and wonder. Featuring choreography by Kevin McKenzie after Marius Petipa and Le Ivanov.
Thursday, July 11 at 8:30 pm
Friday, July 12 at 8:30 pm
Saturday, July 13 at 8:30 pm
Photo: Gene Schiavone
Jul
12
Fri
Divine Vessels: Exploring Space through Indian Dance and Music
Jul 12 @ 6:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Vijay Palaparty and Nalini Prakash, dance; Ravi Kulur, flute; Nandakumar Unnikrishnan, vocal; Kartik Vydhatri, percussion; Satya Palaparty, poet
 
In their most recent project, choreographers Vijay Palaparty and Nalini Prakash from Spilling Ink contemplate ideas of space, considering both the human body and physical spaces as vessels of spirituality and divinity. Inspired by masterpieces from the Indian subcontinent in the museum’s collection, they explore how the human body is a container and vehicle of expression that exists within the larger context of physical spaces, in this case, the museum itself. Accompanied by an ensemble of musicians including classical Indian flutist Ravi Kulur, vocalist Nandakumar Unnikrishnan, and percussionist Kartik Vydhatri, the collective revisits a time when dance and music coexisted in temples to celebrate Hindu gods and goddesses. Designed as an interactive program, artists and audience participants move through the museum space to appreciate the extraordinary culture of the Indian subcontinent. On a personal level, they reconsider how notions of internal self and outer context exist in harmony.

Folk-Rock from Korea: Coreyah
Jul 12 @ 7:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Coreyah, one of Korea’s pioneering bands, plays original fusion with a phalanx of traditional Korean instruments at the after-hours event Fridays@Freer|Sackler. The six-member group uses Korean flutes, zithers, drums, and vocals, along with guitar and drums, to create a contemporary sound with influences from Korean classical music, Latin and African pop, Balkan gypsy songs, and American folk and rock.

The band appeared at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2013, toured four European countries, and took the top prize at one of Korea’s most-watched music competitions. Making up the group are Dong-Kun Kim on flutes (daegeum, sogeum, tungso), Boyoung Ham on vocals, Sunjin Na on zithers (geomungo, yanggeum), Cho-Rong Kim on percussion (janggu, jing, kkwaenggwari), Jongmin Choi on guitar, and Kyungyi on percussion.

International tour support for Coreyah is provided by the Korea Arts Management Service’s Center Stage Korea program and the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Republic of Korea.

AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE – SWAN LAKE @ Filene Center at Wolf Trap
Jul 12 @ 8:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Of all the great classics performed by American Ballet Theatre, Swan Lake remains the quintessential ballet. Featuring the unforgettable corps de ballet moving in magical unison as the majestic, glimmering swans, this ballet has left audiences breathless for generations. This romantic fable of ill-fated passion, dreamlike transformation, and ultimate forgiveness set to Tchaikovsky’s glorious score inspires awe and wonder. Featuring choreography by Kevin McKenzie after Marius Petipa and Le Ivanov.
Thursday, July 11 at 8:30 pm
Friday, July 12 at 8:30 pm
Saturday, July 13 at 8:30 pm
Photo: Gene Schiavone
Jul
13
Sat
Flutist Ravi Kulur and Spilling Ink: Ragas in Sound and Movement
Jul 13 @ 7:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Pre-concert gallery talk, 6:45 pm, “Ragamala Paintings,” with Debra Diamond, Curator of South Asian Art

Indian flutist Ravi Kulur, who tours regularly with six-time Grammy nominee Anoushka Shankar, combines Indian classical music, dance, and poetry to explore the ragas (melodic modes) represented in four seventeenth-century paintings on view in the Freer. Ravi Kulur has appeared at WOMAD, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Royal Festival Hall in the UK, and in fourteen European countries. He has also performed at Carnegie Hall and Joe’s Pub (New York), Symphony Hall (Boston), Millennium Park (Chicago), Disney Hall (Los Angeles), and the San Francisco Jazz Festival. Joining him are the Bangalore-based vocalist Nandakumar Unnikrishnan and percussionist Kartik Vydhatri (on mridangam), along with dancers Vijay Palaparty and Nalini Prakash from Spilling Ink and poet Satya Palaparty. This event is made possible, in part, through a grant from the Smithsonian’s Year of Music.

AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE – SWAN LAKE @ Filene Center at Wolf Trap
Jul 13 @ 8:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Of all the great classics performed by American Ballet Theatre, Swan Lake remains the quintessential ballet. Featuring the unforgettable corps de ballet moving in magical unison as the majestic, glimmering swans, this ballet has left audiences breathless for generations. This romantic fable of ill-fated passion, dreamlike transformation, and ultimate forgiveness set to Tchaikovsky’s glorious score inspires awe and wonder. Featuring choreography by Kevin McKenzie after Marius Petipa and Le Ivanov.
Thursday, July 11 at 8:30 pm
Friday, July 12 at 8:30 pm
Saturday, July 13 at 8:30 pm
Photo: Gene Schiavone
Jul
15
Mon
LIONEL RICHIE – All The Hits @ Filene Center at Wolf Trap
Jul 15 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Take a spectacular musical journey with international superstar Lionel Richie! Featuring his brightest and best anthems like “Endless Love,” “Truly,” “All Night Long,” “Stuck on You,” “Hello,” “Say You, Say Me,” and “Dancing on the Ceiling,” experience the hits that defined this music icon’s unparalleled career.
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Jul
16
Tue
“WEIRD AL” YANKOVIC – THE STRINGS ATTACHED TOUR with the NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA @ Filene Center at Wolf Trap
Jul 16 @ 8:00 pm
“Weird Al” Yankovic is the biggest-selling comedy recording artist in history, earning four Grammys. The legendary musical satirist is back with his biggest show ever! Weird Al’s Strings Attached tour is a high-energy rock and comedy production featuring all the hits and classics like “White and Nerdy” and “Amish Paradise,” his original band, costumes, props, and—for the first time—background singers and a full symphony orchestra.

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“Weird Al” Yankovic

Jul
19
Fri
NICKELODEON’S JOJO SIWA – D.R.E.A.M. THE TOUR @ Filene Center at Wolf Trap
Jul 19 @ 7:00 pm

Nickelodeon superstar JoJo Siwa is a YouTube personality, singer, dancer, entrepreneur, social media influencer, New York Timesbestselling author, and star on Lip Sync Battle Shorties. Connecting with millions of fans on her various social media channels, Siwa’s YouTube videos (including singles “Boomerang,” “Kid in a Candy Store,” and “Hold The Drama”) have exceeded over 1.7 billion views. VIP packages available.

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JoJo Siwa

 

STRAUSS – ARIADNE AUF NAXOS @ The Barns at Wolf Trap
Jul 19 @ 7:30 pm
The best laid plans often go awry… Strauss’ soaring opera is divinely comical and deeply enchanting.

ARIADNE AUF NAXOS

Music by Richard Strauss
Libretto by Hugo von Hofmannsthal
A New Production

Combining slapstick comedy and beautiful music in a competition of “high” and “low” art, Ariadne auf Naxos is a cock-eyed tale about art, love, and infidelity. A wealthy patron commissions two pieces of entertainment for a party—an opera based on the Ariadne myth and a comedy by a song and dance troupe. Shortly before the performances are to begin, he orders that they be performed simultaneously in order for a fireworks display to begin on time. What follows is a class war in Strauss’ brilliant opera based on a Molière comedy.

“A tale of everyday farce and mythical fantasy.” The New York Times exclaims Ariadne auf Naxos is “plush and lyrical.”

  • 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 German with projected English translations
Jul
21
Sun
STRAUSS – ARIADNE AUF NAXOS @ The Barns at Wolf Trap
Jul 21 @ 3:00 pm
The best laid plans often go awry… Strauss’ soaring opera is divinely comical and deeply enchanting.

ARIADNE AUF NAXOS

Music by Richard Strauss
Libretto by Hugo von Hofmannsthal
A New Production

Combining slapstick comedy and beautiful music in a competition of “high” and “low” art, Ariadne auf Naxos is a cock-eyed tale about art, love, and infidelity. A wealthy patron commissions two pieces of entertainment for a party—an opera based on the Ariadne myth and a comedy by a song and dance troupe. Shortly before the performances are to begin, he orders that they be performed simultaneously in order for a fireworks display to begin on time. What follows is a class war in Strauss’ brilliant opera based on a Molière comedy.

“A tale of everyday farce and mythical fantasy.” The New York Times exclaims Ariadne auf Naxos is “plush and lyrical.”

  • 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 German with projected English translations