Wolf Trap Ball Celebrates 'Joie de Vivre' with Embassy of France Tonight
Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, in partnership with the Embassy of France and in cooperation with the National Park Service, announces the 2013 Wolf Trap Ball. The event will be held tonight, September 21 on the 27,000+ square-feet Filene Center stage at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts. The 42nd-annual Wolf Trap Ball, the organization's largest fundraiser, will celebrate the arts and culture of France. Proceeds from the event will benefit Wolf Trap Foundation arts and education programs.
"We are delighted to honor France's rich history and contributions to the arts, and to welcome each of our guests to the Wolf Trap stage. Their involvement and generous support make it possible to bring diverse performing arts programs to the local community, as well as innovative arts education to the next generation through our unparalleled national teaching programs," said Wolf Trap Foundation President and CEO Arvind Manocha.
His Excellency François Delattre, Ambassador of France, will serve as the Honorary Host.
"It is my hope that you will join me in supporting this unique and spectacular black-tie event-an event that not only welcomes nearly 1,000 prominent and influential individuals from Washington and beyond, but also makes the many programs offered by Wolf Trap Foundation at America's National Park for the Performing Arts possible," Delattre said.
The event is Co-chaired by Wolf Trap Foundation Board Member The Honorable Sean O'Keefe, Wolf Trap Foundation Board AlumnaKaren Schaufeld, and Wolf Trap Associates Board Member Kimberly H. Stewart. Honorary Co-hosts include The Honorable Sally Jewell, Speaker John A. Boehner, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
Guests will be treated to a performance by Wolf Trap Opera Company singer and former Filene Young Artist Mireille Asselin. Fresh off her triumphant portrayal of Nannetta in Wolf Trap Opera Company's production of Falstaff, the rising young star was also featured in Steven Blier's recital Wonders To Wander To this summer. Asselin's recent credits include appearances in Canadian Opera Company'sLa clemenza di Tito as Servilia and Die Fledermaus as Adele.