The Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts has announced the first set of performances for its highly anticipated 2014 Summer Season.

Lionel Richie and CeeLo Green make their Wolf Trap debut for a two-night stand of blockbuster “All the Hits All Night Long” tour
• Classical highlights include the National Symphony Orchestra with icons Yo-Yo Ma and Jean-Yves Thibaudet
• The Philadelphia Orchestra returns to Wolf Trap for its only 2014 metro D.C. appearance
• Jazz highlights include the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, and Pat Metheny on a bill with fellow Grammy-winning artist Bruce Hornsby
• Expanded dance offerings include Pilobolus; Noche Flamenca; the final D.C. performance of the Trey McIntyre Project; and, in a Face of America program, debuts of the Oregon Ballet and Pacific Northwest Ballet, featuring a world premiere Wolf Trap commission
• Expansive opera season includes a Filene Center production of Carmen, as well as the appointment of the first Wolf Trap Opera Artist in Residence, Eric Owens
• Chart-topping artists include Josh Groban, Darius Rucker, Sarah McLachlan, and Il Volo
• Returning icons Ringo Starr, Diana Ross, Heart, and Crosby, Stills and Nash
• Family-friendly concerts include Disney’s Beauty and the Beast
NSO pop and film programs include D.C.-area debut of Pixar in Concert; Disney Fantasia Live in Concert; and a collaboration with Mary Chapin Carpenter

As America’s only National Park for the Performing Arts, Wolf Trap celebrates all genres of music in its 16-week summer season, welcoming all with a priority on accessibility and affordability.

“In this 30th anniversary year of the rebirth of the Filene Center following devastating fires — a process that saw the community band together to support the arts — we are proud to welcome the greatest names across the spectrum of music, including Lionel Richie, Yo-Yo Ma, Wynton Marsalis, and Josh Groban,” said Arvind Manocha, Wolf Trap Foundation President and CEO. “Whether you’re a fan of symphonic music, opera, R&B, or rock, every music lover can celebrate Wolf Trap this summer.”

Wolf Trap’s second summer show announcement will follow on April 17, 2014. All shows are at the Filene Center at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, 1551 Trap Road, Vienna, VA.

Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, a 501c3 nonprofit organization founded by Catherine Filene Shouse (1896-1994), produces and presents a full range of performance and education programs in the Greater Washington area, as well as nationally and internationally. Wolf Trap features three performance venues: the outdoor Filene Center and Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods, both located at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, and The Barns at Wolf Trap, located down the road from the national park and adjacent to the Center for Education at Wolf Trap. The 7,028-seat Filene Center is operated in partnership with the National Park Service and annually showcases an extensive array of diverse artists, ranging from pop, country, folk, and blues to classical music, dance, and theatre, as well as multimedia presentations, from May through September. The Barns at Wolf Trap is operated by the Wolf Trap Foundation year-round, and during the summer months is home to the Grammy-nominated Wolf Trap Opera, one of America’s outstanding resident ensemble programs for young opera singers. Wolf Trap’s education programs include the nationally acclaimed Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts and Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods, a diverse array of arts education classes and grants, and a nationally recognized internship program that was included in Bloomberg Business Week’s 2009 List of “Best Places to Intern.” As part of its ongoing commitment to protect and preserve the environment, Wolf Trap offers Metro access and is a founding member of the Green Music Group.

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Source: PR Newswire

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