Summer is hot on our heels and there is a lot to look forward to! We've added some great shows to our National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) at Wolf Trap series and I am here to tell you a little bit about them. If you've never had the experience of hearing the NSO play at the Filene Center, you really ought to give it a try. There is something indescribably beautiful about hearing a full orchestra play outside. Plus there is an NSO discount! If you buy tickets to three or more NSO shows you receive a 20% discount on your in-house seats. It really is a steal.
The Legend of
Live in Concert
Symphony of the Goddesses– July 26, 2012 @ 8:30pm
Like many Nintendo games The Legend of Zelda is widely praised for its emotionally dynamic soundtracks. With the first version of this game released in 1986 the beloved protagonist Link has been leading people on fantastic adventures for nearly 26 years. This is really a show for everyone, gamers and non alike. Avid fans, we encourage you to come dressed as your favorite Zelda character. If you ever thought, “when will I ever wear these green tights in public?” Well, here’s your chance! And for the rest of you, no pressure—sit back, grab a drink, and enjoy the show. It’ll be a good one.
The Planets – An HD Odyssey - July 27, 2012 @ 8:30pm
Okay, so this is a show that some of you may not know what to make of but hear me out. Imagine sitting on the lawn, the sun is setting and pockets of night are growing quickly around you. Close your eyes. The NSO is on stage, reverberating music through the park. You listen ominously as horns begin to blow—quietly at first, then louder and louder as if you're careening toward them. Trumpets blare in a blazing crescendo, your eyes snap open and you see the magnificent red Bringer of War –it’s the planet Mars. But not as you’ve ever seen it before, it’s closer, brighter, it’s anything but stagnant—in fact it seems very much alive. It's the new HD planet footage from NASA brought to life by Gustav Holst's majestic score. Wolf Trap is a one-of-a-kind venue in many ways but it’s shows like this that really maximize its potential. As the music takes you journeying through the open air there are no boundaries between you and The Planets.
An Evening with
Idina Menzel – August 3, 2012 @ 8:15pm
“Oh my gosh it’s Elphaba!” is what the crazy person sitting next to you will exclaim as goose bumps creep up your arms and you secretly, silently, think the same. It’s okay to get excited. I am! It’s been two years since Idina Menzel first graced the Wolf Trap Filene Center stage and we are delighted to have her return. Menzel is a Tony award-winning powerhouse revered as one of the most stunning voices of our time. Her fame has sky rocketed since her performance as Maureen in Rent, Elphaba in Wicked, and her recurring role as Rachel Berry's birth mother on Glee. The one thing I want to emphasize about this performance is to get your tickets now! The last time she was here the show sold out. Seriously, Menzel’s killer vocals backed by D.C.’s NSO on a night under the stars is an experience you will kick yourself for passing up.
West Side Story – August 4, 2012 @ 8:30pm
Could it be? Yes, it could. Something’s comin’, something good! The Sharks and the Jets, Maria and Tony—West Side Story is a musical staple with a story that remains relevant despite the constructs of time. As a dancer and GRAMMY nominated shower-singer West Side Story is one of my all time favorite shows/movies. The film has been re-mastered so you will see the original choreography by Jerome Robins in high definition on giant screens with all the original vocals and dialogue intact. I hope to see you out on the lawn where the air will be hummin’ as something great will be comin’!
So that's a taste of what's new on our NSO agenda. But don't forget about the previously announced shows that are already on sale: Broadway ROCKS!, The Music of John Williams, Marvin Hamlisch, The Wizard of Oz, and Beethoven's 9th.
Tickets go on sale to Members before the general public so if you want to get your tickets first, sign up to become a Member. Also, don't forget about our student discount! If a show is not sold out, students can buy in-house tickets at half price 30 minutes before the performance begins.