STAR TREK with the NSO, Tony Bennett and More Coming Up at Wolf Trap This Summer

Some highlights of what's coming up this summer at Wolf Trap include: The Firebird (July 23); Star Trek Into Darkness with the NSO - and a pre-show Trek talk with Adam Nimoy (Leonard's son), Dave Zappone (For the Love of Spock), and Terry Farrell (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) along with several NASA staff (July 30); and the National Park Service Centennial celebration weekend, which features performances by Ricky Martin (August 24+25), Aretha Franklin (August 26), and Bonnie Raitt (Augsut 27). Scroll down for details!

July 2016

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
in association with WAMU 88.5
Thursday, July 21 at 8 p.m.
Tickets $30-$65

Comedians, journalists, celebrity guests, and more compete in NPR's humorous and award-winning current events quiz show, hosted by actor and playwright Peter Sagal.

Sufjan Stevens*
Thao & The Get Down Stay Down
Friday, July 22 at 8 p.m.
Tickets $35-$65

The multi-instrumental singer/songwriter whose eclectic sound ranges from indie to electronic consistently creates songs with "well-detailed lyrics...and a gorgeous whisper that could reach into a heartbreaking falsetto" (Pitchfork).

The Firebird*
National Symphony Orchestra
Janni Younge of Handspring Puppet Company*
Cristian M?celaru, conductor
Saturday, July 23 at 8:15 p.m.
Tickets $20-$65

The majestic Firebird rises on stage to tell its enchanted tale of transformation. Stunning larger-than-life puppetry from the creators of War Horsefuses with contemporary South African dance set to Stravinsky's ravishing score. Co-commissioners: Wolf Trap Foundation, Ravinia Festival, Hollywood Bowl, The Mann Center, Saratoga Performing Arts Center, and Sun Valley Summer Symphony.

Pink Martini
National Symphony Orchestra
Steven Reineke, conductor
Featuring Storm Large & Special Guest Ari Shapiro
Sunday, July 24 at 8:15 p.m.
Tickets $30-$60

Drawing musical inspiration from all over the world, the self-described "little orchestra," Pink Martini, performs its cosmopolitan world music spanning jazz to classical to vintage pop. Together with the National Symphony Orchestra, they will take you across continents for a pop concert full of glamour.

Huey Lewis & The News
Jamie Kent
Tuesday, July 26 at 8 p.m.
Tickets $25-$50

For over 35 years, these bluesy rockers have shown us "The Power of Love" and that it's "Hip to Be Square," while becoming a staple of the 1980s and beyond.

Jeff Beck & Buddy Guy
Wednesday, July 27 at 8 p.m.
Tickets $30-$65

Two of Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Guitarists-Jeff Beck, lauded for "Cause We've Ended as Lovers" and his version of "I Put A Spell On You," and Buddy Guy, best known for "Mustang Sally" and "Ain't No Sunshine"-take center stage.

Tony Bennett
Thursday, July 28 at 8 p.m.
Tickets $35-$65

A champion of the American Songbook since the 1950s with 18 Grammy Awards and two Emmys, Tony Bennett continues to shine on stage with pop standards and jazzy reinventions of classics.

Tchaikovsky & Debussy
Chad Hoopes*, violin

National Symphony Orchestra
Stéphane Denève*, conductor
Friday, July 29 at 8:15 p.m.
Tickets $20-$58

The young violinist with "a gift for dramatic pacing and a distinctive, convincing sense of poetry" performs Tchaikovsky's stirring violin concerto alongside the NSO with "jaw-dropping virtuosity" (The Washington Post).

Star Trek Into Darkness*
National Symphony Orchestra
Emil de Cou, conductor
Saturday, July 30 at 8:30 p.m.
Tickets $30-$58

Boldly go where no man has gone before with J.J. Abrams' Academy Award-nominated film presented on huge screens with Michael Giacchino's score performed live by the National Symphony Orchestra!

August 2016

Straight No Chaser
The New Old Fashioned Tour
Thursday, August 4 at 8 p.m.
Tickets $25-$50

This a cappella group's musical cocktail blends pop hits and classics with a mix of top-shelf collaborators from Elton John to Sara Bareilles.

La Bohème
Wolf Trap Opera
National Symphony Orchestra
Grant Gershon, conductor
Friday, August 5 at 8:15 p.m.
Tickets $25-$75

One of the world's most beloved operas. Puccini's masterpiece is an unforgettable tale of love, youth, and tragic loss in the Latin Quarter of 19th-century Paris. Wolf Trap Opera presents a fully staged and costumed production of Puccini's classic opera, in a one-night production featuring full orchestra, chorus, and custom video projections.

Seth MacFarlane*
And The Great American Songbook
National Symphony Orchestra
Steven Reineke, conductor
Saturday, August 6 at 8:15 p.m.
Tickets $25-$65

Grammy-nominated funnyman Seth MacFarlane, best known as the creator of Family Guy and Ted, shows off his impressive musical abilities by singing pop standards.

The Band Perry
Jordan Rager
Sunday, August 7 at 8 p.m.
Tickets $35-$60

The Band Perry returns to Wolf Trap! Get ready for country music with a rock 'n' roll edge when the Grammy-winning sibling trio hits the stage. Featuring chart-topping favorites like "If I Die Young" and "You Lie," The Band Perry's high-energy show is a must-see live.

Phillip Phillips*
Matt Nathanson
A Great Big World*
Wednesday, August 10 at 7 p.m.
Tickets $32-$55

Experience a night of soulful music from a pair of gifted singer/songwriters featuring American Idol winner Phillip Phillips, acclaimed for radio hits like "Home" and "Gone, Gone, Gone," and touring maverick Matt Nathanson recognized for "Come On Get Higher" and "Faster."

The Silk Road Ensemble* with Yo-Yo Ma
Thursday, August 11 at 8 p.m.
Tickets $30-$80

Journey around the globe with one of the greatest cellists of all time and an eclectic, multicultural ensemble. Presenting an unexpected hybrid of exotic and familiar musical traditions, these inspired performers celebrate how music can cross boundaries and connect the world. As The New York Times raves, there is "no end of virtuosity among the Silk Road players."

Lyle Lovett & His Large Band
Emmylou Harris
Friday, August 12 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets $30-$55

Experience a show filled with Grammy-winning Americana flair including the "major genre-straddling talent" (Rolling Stone) of Lyle Lovett & His Large Band and the "shimmering, yearning soprano" of "one of the great voices in music" (BBC), Emmylou Harris.

98 Degrees*
Ryan Cabrera

Saturday, August 13 at 7 p.m.
Tickets $30-$55

Kick it back to the years around the new millennium filled with boy bands, frosted tips, body glitter, and flare jeans while chillaxing to "I Do (Cherish You)," "All or Nothing," "He Loves You Not," "True," and more!

Classic Albums Live Presents
David Bowie
The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars
Sunday, August 14 at 8 p.m.
Tickets $25-$45

Commemorate the prolific, original chameleon of music and hear his widely acclaimed album performed live by some of the world's best musicians. Featuring anthems like "Starman" and one of "rock's earliest, and best, power ballads" (Rolling Stone), "Ziggy Stardust," this is a tribute that is out of this world.

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis
Friday, August 19 at 8 p.m.
Tickets $25-$50

Nine-time Grammy-winning jazz icon Wynton Marsalis and his all-star orchestra hailed as the "finest big band in the world today" (The Daily Telegraph) return to Wolf Trap! Drawing from an extensive repertoire that includes original compositions by Marsalis, Ted Nash, and masterworks by legends like Ellington and Coltrane, the group is internationally acclaimed for its incredible versatility.

Ira Glass*
Seven Things I've Learned
In association with WAMU 88.5 FM
Saturday, August 20 at 8 p.m.
Tickets $25-$55

"A journalist but also a storyteller who filters his interviews and impressions through a distinctive literary imagination, an eccentric intelligence, and a sympathetic heart" (The New York Times), Ira Glass makes his Wolf Trap debut-catch the award-winning host and producer of NPR's massively popular This American Life podcast in a unique, solo show.

Kristin Chenoweth
Sunday, August 21 at 8 p.m.
Tickets $25-$65

A "Popular" Tony- and Emmy-winning presence throughout the entertainment sphere who starred in the original cast of Wicked and Disney's Descendants, Kristin Chenoweth, a small-but-mighty leading lady, brings her magic to the Wolf Trap stage.

Mat Kearney
John Mark McMillian*
Welshly Arms*
Monday, August 22 at 7 p.m.
Tickets $27-$55

The "Brother," South Carolina-based band returns to passionately strum its Grammy-nominated, rock-infused songs filled with "heart and drive and craftsmanship" (

Goo Goo Dolls
Collective Soul*
Tribe Society*

Tuesday, August 23 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets $38-$60

The alternative rock band that has sold millions of records with radio hits like "Iris" and "Slide" continues to top the charts, cementing its spot as "rock's premier purveyor of music" (


Ricky Martin*
Wednesday, August 24 at 8 p.m.
Thursday, August 25 at 8 p.m.
Tickets $45-$125

An "all-around showman" with joyous bilingual hits like "La Mordidita," "Livin' la Vida Loca," and "Disparo al Corazón," the Latin superstar makes his Wolf Trap debut with live performances that can only be described as "full-scale pop spectacle[s]" (Rolling Stone).

Aretha Franklin
Friday, August 26 at 8 p.m.
Tickets $35-$65

Exalting massive "Respect" for her glorious belt and countless gospel-infused hits like "Chain of Fools" and "Think," the Queen of Soul makes her triumphant return to Wolf Trap.

Bonnie Raitt
Richard Thompson Trio*
Saturday, August 27 at 8 p.m.
Tickets $40-$70

The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, popular for her heartfelt, bluesy hits including "I Can't Make You Love Me" and "Something To Talk About," plays the songs that have defined her legendary career and earned her 10 Grammys.

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