The Barns at Wolf Trap Performances: February 14-16
New York City all-female group Red Molly returns to The Barns At Wolf Trap to deliver their polished covers and original arrangements, featuring bluegrass harmonies, crooning lullabies, and a Western twang. Reaping the success of their 2011 release Light in the Sky, members Laurie MacAllister, Abbie Gardner, and Molly Venter perform weekly at festivals and venues alike, sharing their rosy, lighthearted folk ballads with devoted fans. Preceding Light in the Sky, Red Molly released four studio albums, including James (2010) which landed the No. 4 spot on the Americana Top 40 chart. Next on tap, the women of Red Molly will jet set across Australia for a five-week tour, beginning in March.
The Steel Wheels
The Steel Wheels, of the Blue Ridge Mountains region of Virginia, will join Red Molly with an opening live set of energetic, bluegrass acoustics and indigenous mountain sounds. The Steel Wheels' dedication to both tradition and innovation has led the band to garner five nominations at the Independent Music Awards. In 2010 The Steel Wheels released their groundbreaking album, Red Wing, which landed a 13-week spot on the Americana Music Association Top 40 radio charts and placed No. 70 on the 2010 Americana albums. The Steel Wheels are also known for their annual SpokeSongs bicycle tour through the mountains of Virginia, where band members ride their bikes-with instruments and equipment in tow-between concerts.
Video: The Steel Wheels - Corrine
America's National Parks:
Through the Artist's Lens, Volume 2
The Discovery Series
Friday, February 15 at 8 pm
Experience a multifaceted presentation of visual art and music in America's National Parks: Through the Artist's Lens, Volume 2 at The Barns at Wolf Trap. The evening will showcase operatic selections paired with photographs of the country's most beautiful places. The program features former Wolf Trap Opera Company artists Marcy Stonikas (soprano), Eve Gigliotti (mezzo-soprano), Eric Barry (tenor), and Craig Colclough (bass-baritone), accompanied by pianist and WTOC Director Kim Pensinger Witman. The singers will perform a range of songs by renowned composers, such as Aaron Copland, Gabriel Fauré, Henri Duparc, Stephen Sondheim, Giocchino Rossini, Michael Ching, and Frederick Loewe, among others. The images were captured by Wolf Trap Foundation President Emeritus, Terre Jones. The changing projections of nature's backdrops will adjust to reflect the arrangements' harmonies and tone, leaving audience members in a state of sublimity.
Saturday, February 16 at 7:30 pm
Legendary jazz pianist and vocalist John Eaton returns to The Barns At Wolf Trap for the second set of his three-part series of revitalized American classics. In A Salute to the One-Hit Wonders of American Popular Music, Eaton will perform compositions by famed American musicians from the '20s to the '40s. This program follows the 2012 release of Eaton's latest album, The American Popular Song: The Classical Connection Volume 6 Vernon Duke & Kurt Weill, which recreates popular arrangements by American composers George Gershwin and Harold Arlen. Highlighted on this album and in his performances is Eaton's signature style of delivering fresh takes on timeless works by American musicians in the jazz, blues, swing, and classical genres.