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Aug
21
Wed
Lenny Kravitz @ Wolf Trap
Aug 21 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

For over two decades, electrifying rocker Lenny Kravitz has transcended genre, style, and more with his Grammy-winning music including “Fly Away,” “American Woman,” and “Again.” Experience all the hits along with new favorites from Kravitz’s latest album Raise Vibration (2018) when he takes the Wolf Trap stage.

Aug
24
Sat
SING-A-LONG: SOUND OF MUSIC @ Filene Center at Wolf Trap
Aug 24 @ 7:15 pm
Celebrating over 50 years, the classic family film returns to the screen in Technicolor…with a twist! Sing-a-long with the movie using on-screen lyrics and become the star of the show. Lederhosen and veils welcome! A costume contest precedes the performance.

7:15 pm – Costume contest
7:40 pm – Film start (includes one 15 minute intermission)

This is the original film and is not accompanied by an orchestra (original soundtrack).

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Sound of Music

Aug
29
Thu
WAIT WAIT… DON’T TELL ME! @ Filene Center at Wolf Trap
Aug 29 @ 8:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Comedians, journalists, celebrity guests, and more compete in NPR’s humorous and award-winning current events quiz show, hosted by author and playwright Peter Sagal along with scorekeeper Bill Kurtis.

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Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!

Aug
30
Fri
WAIT WAIT… DON’T TELL ME! @ Filene Center at Wolf Trap
Aug 30 @ 8:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Comedians, journalists, celebrity guests, and more compete in NPR’s humorous and award-winning current events quiz show, hosted by author and playwright Peter Sagal along with scorekeeper Bill Kurtis.

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Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!

Sep
1
Sun
UB40 featuring Ali Campbell & Astro with SHAGGY @ Filene Center at Wolf Trap
Sep 1 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Let the “Red Red Wine” and good vibes flow! Experience reggae favorites like “(I Can’t Help) Falling in Love with You” and “Kingston Town” by UB40 featuring original vocalist Ali Campbell and founding member Astro, and enjoy Grammy winner Shaggy’s distinct voice on smashes like “It Wasn’t Me” and “Angel.”
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Sep
6
Fri
THE PIANO GUYS @ Filene Center at Wolf Trap
Sep 6 @ 8:00 pm
Racking up billions of views on YouTube and millions of followers online, The Piano Guys are a viral phenomenon. Since 2011 they’ve made over 65 cover videos featuring an original blend of classical music infused with pop that’s nothing short of sensational. See their stunning mashups live on stage!

Every ticket for this show includes a digital download of The Piano Guys’ new album, Limitless. You will receive an email with more details about this offer approximately 7 days after your purchase. US/Canadian residents only. Offer not valid on Resale tickets.

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The Piano Guys

Sep
14
Sat
Musical Meetings on the Silk Road: Gao Hong, pipa; Issam Rafea, ‘ud
Sep 14 @ 1:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Hear Chinese and Arab instruments that originated in Central Asia, where the mysterious Sogdians were prominent traders along the medieval Silk Road. The pear-shaped, bent-necked, and wood-faced lute traveled from its home in present-day Uzbekistan and Tajikistan to China, where it became the pipa, and to the Arab world, where it evolved into the ‘ud. Pipa virtuoso Gao Hong and ‘ud master Issam Rafea bring the instruments together for the kind of compelling duets that earned them two nominations for the 2019 Independent Music Awards. Songlines calls their collaboration “a recording that is consistently engaging, deeply contemplative, and culturally resonant.”

Gao Hong graduated from Beijing’s elite Central Conservatory of Music. Since coming to the United States, she has performed at the Lincoln Center Festival, Carnegie Hall, the San Francisco Jazz Festival, and at international festivals in Paris, Caen, Milan, and Perth. She has presented concertos for pipa with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Heidelberg Philharmonic, the Buenos Aires Philharmonic, the China National Traditional Orchestra, Louisville Orchestra, Hawaii Symphony, and the Women’s Philharmonic (San Francisco), among others. In 2017 she became the first Chinese musician to play our national anthem at a Minnesota Timberwolves basketball game in Minneapolis.

Issam Rafea is one of Syria’s elite musicians. A refugee from the civil war, he served as chair of the Arab music department at the High Institute of Music in Damascus and the principal conductor of the Syrian National Orchestra for Arabic Music. In Syria, he was an active composer and arranger for television and theater. Rafea now directs the Middle Eastern Music Ensemble at Northern Illinois University. He has performed with guitar virtuoso Fareed Haque in cross-cultural collaborations and, with his Syrian orchestra, led a groundbreaking collaboration with Damen Albarn of the British rock bands Blur and Gorillaz.

This concert is presented in conjunction with our new online resource The Sogdians: Influencers on the Silk Roads

Photo credit: Eva Liu and Isaac Reynaldo

Demonstration: Musical Meetings on the Silk Road
Sep 14 @ 2:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Hear Chinese and Arab instruments that originated in Central Asia, where the mysterious Sogdians were prominent traders along the medieval Silk Road. The pear-shaped, bent-necked, and wood-faced lute traveled from its home in present-day Uzbekistan and Tajikistan to China, where it became the pipa, and to the Arab world, where it evolved into the ‘ud. Pipa virtuoso Gao Hong and ‘ud master Issam Rafea bring the instruments together for the kind of compelling duets that earned them two nominations for the 2019 Independent Music Awards. Songlines calls their collaboration “a recording that is consistently engaging, deeply contemplative, and culturally resonant.”

Gao Hong graduated from Beijing’s elite Central Conservatory of Music. Since coming to the United States, she has performed at the Lincoln Center Festival, Carnegie Hall, the San Francisco Jazz Festival, and at international festivals in Paris, Caen, Milan, and Perth. She has presented concertos for pipa with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Heidelberg Philharmonic, the Buenos Aires Philharmonic, the China National Traditional Orchestra, Louisville Orchestra, Hawaii Symphony, and the Women’s Philharmonic (San Francisco), among others. In 2017 she became the first Chinese musician to play our national anthem at a Minnesota Timberwolves basketball game in Minneapolis.

Issam Rafea is one of Syria’s elite musicians. A refugee from the civil war, he served as chair of the Arab music department at the High Institute of Music in Damascus and the principal conductor of the Syrian National Orchestra for Arabic Music. In Syria, he was an active composer and arranger for television and theater. Rafea now directs the Middle Eastern Music Ensemble at Northern Illinois University. He has performed with guitar virtuoso Fareed Haque in cross-cultural collaborations and, with his Syrian orchestra, led a groundbreaking collaboration with Damen Albarn of the British rock bands Blur and Gorillaz.

This concert is presented in conjunction with our new online resource The Sogdians: Influencers on the Silk Roads

Photo credit: Eva Liu and Isaac Reynaldo

Demonstration: Musical Meetings on the Silk Road
Sep 14 @ 3:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Hear Chinese and Arab instruments that originated in Central Asia, where the mysterious Sogdians were prominent traders along the medieval Silk Road. The pear-shaped, bent-necked, and wood-faced lute traveled from its home in present-day Uzbekistan and Tajikistan to China, where it became the pipa, and to the Arab world, where it evolved into the ‘ud. Pipa virtuoso Gao Hong and ‘ud master Issam Rafea bring the instruments together for the kind of compelling duets that earned them two nominations for the 2019 Independent Music Awards. Songlines calls their collaboration “a recording that is consistently engaging, deeply contemplative, and culturally resonant.”

Gao Hong graduated from Beijing’s elite Central Conservatory of Music. Since coming to the United States, she has performed at the Lincoln Center Festival, Carnegie Hall, the San Francisco Jazz Festival, and at international festivals in Paris, Caen, Milan, and Perth. She has presented concertos for pipa with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Heidelberg Philharmonic, the Buenos Aires Philharmonic, the China National Traditional Orchestra, Louisville Orchestra, Hawaii Symphony, and the Women’s Philharmonic (San Francisco), among others. In 2017 she became the first Chinese musician to play our national anthem at a Minnesota Timberwolves basketball game in Minneapolis.

Issam Rafea is one of Syria’s elite musicians. A refugee from the civil war, he served as chair of the Arab music department at the High Institute of Music in Damascus and the principal conductor of the Syrian National Orchestra for Arabic Music. In Syria, he was an active composer and arranger for television and theater. Rafea now directs the Middle Eastern Music Ensemble at Northern Illinois University. He has performed with guitar virtuoso Fareed Haque in cross-cultural collaborations and, with his Syrian orchestra, led a groundbreaking collaboration with Damen Albarn of the British rock bands Blur and Gorillaz.

This concert is presented in conjunction with our new online resource The Sogdians: Influencers on the Silk Roads

Photo credit: Eva Liu and Isaac Reynaldo

Musical Meetings on the Silk Road: Gao Hong, pipa; Issam Rafea, ‘ud
Sep 14 @ 4:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Hear Chinese and Arab instruments that originated in Central Asia, where the mysterious Sogdians were prominent traders along the medieval Silk Road. The pear-shaped, bent-necked, and wood-faced lute traveled from its home in present-day Uzbekistan and Tajikistan to China, where it became the pipa, and to the Arab world, where it evolved into the ‘ud. Pipa virtuoso Gao Hong and ‘ud master Issam Rafea bring the instruments together for the kind of compelling duets that earned them two nominations for the 2019 Independent Music Awards. Songlines calls their collaboration “a recording that is consistently engaging, deeply contemplative, and culturally resonant.”

Gao Hong graduated from Beijing’s elite Central Conservatory of Music. Since coming to the United States, she has performed at the Lincoln Center Festival, Carnegie Hall, the San Francisco Jazz Festival, and at international festivals in Paris, Caen, Milan, and Perth. She has presented concertos for pipa with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Heidelberg Philharmonic, the Buenos Aires Philharmonic, the China National Traditional Orchestra, Louisville Orchestra, Hawaii Symphony, and the Women’s Philharmonic (San Francisco), among others. In 2017 she became the first Chinese musician to play our national anthem at a Minnesota Timberwolves basketball game in Minneapolis.

Issam Rafea is one of Syria’s elite musicians. A refugee from the civil war, he served as chair of the Arab music department at the High Institute of Music in Damascus and the principal conductor of the Syrian National Orchestra for Arabic Music. In Syria, he was an active composer and arranger for television and theater. Rafea now directs the Middle Eastern Music Ensemble at Northern Illinois University. He has performed with guitar virtuoso Fareed Haque in cross-cultural collaborations and, with his Syrian orchestra, led a groundbreaking collaboration with Damen Albarn of the British rock bands Blur and Gorillaz.

This concert is presented in conjunction with our new online resource The Sogdians: Influencers on the Silk Roads

Photo credit: Eva Liu and Isaac Reynaldo

Sep
28
Sat
Whistler and Debussy in Paris: Brian Ganz, piano; Michael Tolaydo, actor
Sep 28 @ 7:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Explore Paris in the 1880s and 1890s through dramatic readings of writings by the artist James McNeill Whistler and piano music by Claude Debussy, who was known as “the Whistler of music.” 

Pianist Brian Ganz performs excerpts from Debussy's Preludes (Books 1 and 2), Images (Books 1 and 2), and Estampes. Complementing these are works by Maurice Ravel, Igor Stravinsky, jazz pianist Bill Evans, and avant-garde composer George Crumb, all of whom were indebted to Debussy. In between musical selections, actor Michael Tolaydo reads from Debussy’s letters and Whistler’s influential “Ten O’Clock” lecture, which spelled out his then-radical views on the purpose of art. These are read alongside poems by Stephane Mallarmé and other symbolist poets whose writings influenced both Whistler and Debussy.

Since winning two of the world’s most prestigious piano competitions (Marguerite Long Jacques Thibaud and Queen Elisabeth of Belgium), Brian Ganz has appeared with the St. Louis Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony, the National Symphony Orchestra, and the City of London Sinfonia under conductors Leonard Slatkin, Marin Alsop, Mstislav Rostropovich, and Piotr Gajewski.

Actor Michael Tolaydo is familiar to Washington theater-goers from his many appearances at Arena Stage, Round House Theater, Theater J, Mosaic, Wooley Mammoth, the Folger Theater, Center Stage (Baltimore), and the Shakespeare Theater.

This performance, presented in conjunction with Whistler in Watercolor and The Peacock Room in Blue and White, is part of the Bill and Mary Meyer Concert Series.

Photo credit: Jay Malijn

Oct
5
Sat
Popular Music from Java: Keroncong
Oct 5 @ 7:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Indonesian music stars Endah Laras (vocals) and Danis Sugiyanto (violin) join the American keroncong ensemble Rumput for an evening of traditional Indonesian string band music that traces its roots to the arrival of Portuguese sailors and freed slaves to the archipelago in the sixteenth century. Keroncong’s mellow, jaunty tunes feature vocals, violin, flute, guitar, cello, string bass, and the ukulele-like instruments called cak and cuk. The Rumput band toured Indonesia in 2017 and 2018.

Guest artist Endah Laras has collaborated with many of Indonesia’s leading music, dance, and theater artists, both domestically and abroad. She appeared in Garin Nugroho’s Opera Jawa in France and the Netherlands; with the puppeteer Ki Enthus Susmono in the Netherlands, France, Belgium, and Korea; and collaborated with dance choreographers from Japan, Singapore, and Hong Kong. In 2016 she performed at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. This year she appears as part of the “Servant of the World” project in Singapore and Berlin.

Violinist and composer Danis Sugiyanto has created and performed traditional and contemporary Indonesian music for concerts, musical theater, and dance productions throughout Southeast Asia, Europe, the United States, and Australia. He was music arranger for the keroncong wayang project in Singapore in 2016 and performed at the Europalia Arts Festival in Belgium the same year. In 2018 he served as a Fulbright Visiting Artist-Scholar at the University of Richmond. He is a regular collaborator with Rahayu Supanggah, including his productions of King Lear in Singapore, Paris, and Japan; his workshops and performances in Taipei; and his Sound of the Beginning event in New York. His collaborations with theater director Robert Wilson on his I La Galigo have been staged in Melbourne, Jakarta, Italy, Taipei, and New York.

This evening’s concert, part of “Performing Indonesia,” is presented in cooperation with the Embassy of Indonesia.

Photo courtesy of Danis Sugiyanto

Oct
6
Sun
Demonstration: Popular Music from Java: Keroncong
Oct 6 @ 2:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Indonesian guest artists Danis Sugiyanto on violin and vocalist Endah Laras join the American keroncong band Rumput to demonstrate and discuss the traditional string band music of Indonesia and its connection to the arrival of Portuguese sailors and freed slaves to the archipelago in the sixteenth century.

These performances are part of “Performing Indonesia” and are presented in cooperation with the Embassy of Indonesia.

Photo courtesy of Endah Laras

Demonstration: Popular Music from Java: Keroncong
Oct 6 @ 4:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Indonesian guest artists Danis Sugiyanto on violin and vocalist Endah Laras join the American keroncong band Rumput to demonstrate and discuss the traditional string band music of Indonesia and its connection to the arrival of Portuguese sailors and freed slaves to the archipelago in the sixteenth century.

These performances are part of “Performing Indonesia” and are presented in cooperation with the Embassy of Indonesia.

Photo courtesy of Endah Laras

Oct
12
Sat
Performance: Ashley Bathgate, cello; Soo Yeon Lyuh, haegum
Oct 12 @ 7:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Cellist Ashley Bathgate, a member of the Bang on a Can All Stars, joins Korean haegum (fiddle) virtuoso Soo Yeon Lyuh for the Washington premiere of seven new works for this unusual string duo.

The New York Times describes Ashley Bathgate as an “eloquent new music interpreter” with “impish ferocity . . . a rich tone . . . and imaginative phrasing.” In addition to playing with Bang on a Can and the chamber music group HOWL, Bathgate gave the world premiere of What Moves You, a collaborative performance project with jookin’ dance sensation Lil Buck at the Spoleto Festival USA.

Raised in a Buddhist family in South Korea, Soo Yeon Lyuh was a member of the National Gugak Center, the country’s foremost institution for the preservation of traditional music. Since settling in the San Francisco Bay area, she has premiered dozens of works for the haegum and completed a commission for the Kronos Quartet’s Fifty for the Future project, which she premiered with them in New York City in 2017. She has also appeared with such jazz artists as drummer Simon Barker, guitarist Henry Kaiser, bassist Bill Laswell, saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa, and trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith.

The seven works performed at this concert are by Ken Ueno, Joan Jeanrenaud, Theodore Wiprud, Thomas Osborne, Ben Leeds Carson, and Curtis Rumrill. Several of these composers joined Lyuh and Bathgate at the Avaloch Farm Music Institute in New Hampshire for rehearsals this summer.

This performance is presented in conjunction with Sacred Dedication: A Korean Buddhist Masterpiece. Generous support for this program is provided by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of the Republic of Korea. It is part of the Bill and Mary Meyer Concert Series.

Photo courtesy Seoung Yull Na.

Oct
13
Sun
Demonstration: Music for a Buddhist Sculpture
Oct 13 @ 2:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Listen to evocative improvisations on the Korean haegum (fiddle) within the exhibition Sacred Dedication: A Korean Buddhist Masterpiece. Soo Yeon Lyuh grew up in a Korean Buddhist household and was a longtime member of the National Gugak Center, South Korea’s foremost institution for the preservation of traditional music. She premiered her latest composition with the Kronos Quartet in 2017 and has appeared with such jazz artists as drummer Simon Barker, guitarist Henry Kaiser, bassist Bill Laswell, saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa, and trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith.

This demonstration is presented in conjunction with Sacred Dedication: A Korean Buddhist Masterpiece. Generous support for this program is provided by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of the Republic of Korea. It is part of the Bill and Mary Meyer Concert Series.

Photo courtesy of Seoung Yull Na

Demonstration: Music for a Buddhist Sculpture
Oct 13 @ 4:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Listen to evocative improvisations on the Korean haegum (fiddle) within the exhibition Sacred Dedication: A Korean Buddhist Masterpiece. Soo Yeon Lyuh grew up in a Korean Buddhist household and was a longtime member of the National Gugak Center, South Korea’s foremost institution for the preservation of traditional music. She premiered her latest composition with the Kronos Quartet in 2017 and has appeared with such jazz artists as drummer Simon Barker, guitarist Henry Kaiser, bassist Bill Laswell, saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa, and trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith.

This demonstration is presented in conjunction with Sacred Dedication: A Korean Buddhist Masterpiece. Generous support for this program is provided by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of the Republic of Korea. It is part of the Bill and Mary Meyer Concert Series.

Photo courtesy of Seoung Yull Na

Oct
19
Sat
Dancing the Paths to Buddhism: Sophiline Arts Ensemble
Oct 19 @ 7:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Experience four traditional and contemporary dances based on themes of Cambodian Buddhism. Award-winning choreographer Sophiline Cheam-Shapiro, along with principal dancers from her Sophiline Arts Ensemble in Phnom Penh, dramatizes Buddhist practices of the Noble Eightfold Path and the concepts of right blessings, conduct, speech, and mindfulness. Joining her for this performance are dancers Mot Pharan, Rin Sreyleak, Sao Phirom, and Sot Sovanndy.

A winner of the National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts (America’s highest honor in the traditional arts), Cheam-Shapiro studied and taught at Cambodia’s School of Fine Arts following the fall of the Khmer Rouge. Cheam-Shapiro, who is also a graduate of UCLA’s World Arts and Cultures Program, has expanded the possibilities of her dance form to address modern themes. Her works have been performed at Muziektheater in Amsterdam, China Conservatory in Beijing, Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, Hong Kong Arts Festival, Joyce Theater in New York, Da:ns Festival in Singapore, and Schonbrunn Palace Theater in Vienna.

This performance is presented in conjunction with Encountering the Buddha: Art and Practice across Asia. Lead Sponsor: The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation

Photos courtesy Khvay Samnang and Sophiline Arts Ensemble

Oct
20
Sun
Demonstration: Cambodian Dance: Sophiline Arts Ensemble
Oct 20 @ 2:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Learn about classical and contemporary dances from Cambodia, their role in Buddhism, and their connections to Cambodian art on view in the Sackler. Members of the Sophiline Arts Ensemble in Phnom Penh demonstrate dances, with discussion facilitated by Emma Stein, Curatorial Fellow for Southeast Asian Art. These performances are presented in conjunction with Encountering the Buddha: Art and Practice across Asia. Lead Sponsor: The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation

Demonstration: Cambodian Dance: Sophiline Arts Ensemble
Oct 20 @ 4:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Learn about classical and contemporary dances from Cambodia, their role in Buddhism, and their connections to Cambodian art on view in the Sackler. Members of the Sophiline Arts Ensemble in Phnom Penh demonstrate dances, with discussion facilitated by Emma Stein, Curatorial Fellow for Southeast Asian Art. These performances are presented in conjunction with Encountering the Buddha: Art and Practice across Asia. Lead Sponsor: The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation

Photo courtesy of Sophiline Arts Ensemble.