September’s performance of “Rock of Ages” will feature ’80s classic rock tunes.
“What we try to do in The Barns at Wolf Trap as well as The Filene Center at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts is to be as diverse as possible,” says Terrence D. Jones, president and CEO of Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts.
The Barns, an intimate 382-seat indoor venue housed in two adjacent 18th-century barns, showcases up-and-comers as well as established artists. Between them, The Barns and The Filene Center stage approximately 100 shows. This year, The Filene Center will bring in the Broadway musical “Rock of Ages” in September to cap off its summer season.
Beginning in October and running through May, The Barns will feature acts such as Chad and Jeremy, who had a smash hit in 1964 with “A Summer Song.” “They do an amazing show,” says Peter Zimmerman, who books the shows at The Barns. “We are looking forward to having them back.”
The Barns starts the season on October 4 with Spaniard Carlos Nuñez, who will present Celtic music played on a Galician bagpipe. Other highlights in the schedule include “rising talent” Ben Taylor (son of the legendary James Taylor), New York folk singer Lucy Kaplansky and “Face of America™: Spirit of South Florida” on September 8 at the Filene Center, which celebrates other national parks through the arts. The multimedia performance includes HD video featuring dancing and scenery captured on-site in the park, as well as live dance from choreographer David Parsons during which “the dancers will interact with themselves on screen,” says Jones. WolfTrap.org
American Shakespeare Center (Staunton)
Virginia Opera (Norfolk & Richmond)
Virginia Repertory Theatre (Richmond)
Virginia Stage Company (Norfolk)
Synetic Theater (Arlington)
Virginia Symphony Orchestra (Norfolk)