2014 ULTIMATE SPIRITS CHALLENGE® Celebrates Its Fifth Anniversary and Announces This Year’s Top Gin, Vodka, Scotch, Tequila and More

Photo Credit: DANIEL KRIEGER

The results are in for the 2014 Ultimate Spirits Challenge®, the world’s premier spirits competition. Today, Ultimate Spirits Challenge (USC) announces 37 Chairman Trophy winners, the highest award, along with 218 Finalists171 Tried & True Awards(SM) and 89 Great Values (http://www.ultimate-beverage.com/the-results/2014-spirits-results/). The Challenge, celebrating its fifth anniversary, was held in New York on March 10-14; and, for the second consecutive year, a perfect 100 point score was given by multiple panels to a whiskey: Redbreast 21 Years Old Pure Pot Still Irish Whiskey.

The back of house team that keeps Ultimate Spirits Challenge running smoothly – (L to R) Steve Fette, team leader Leo DeGroff, Zachary Overman, Luis Guzman, Dave Roochvarg and Sean Kenyon

The back of house team that keeps Ultimate Spirits Challenge running smoothly – (L to R) Steve Fette, team leader Leo DeGroff, Zachary Overman, Luis Guzman, Dave Roochvarg and Sean Kenyon

The judges for Ultimate Spirits Challenge 2014 – back row, L to R: Ultimate Beverage Challenge (UBC) partner and Judging Co-Chairman Sean Ludford, UBC partner David Talbot, Steve Olson, UBC partner Sue Woodley, Dan Nicolaescu, UBC partner and Judging Chairman F. Paul Pacult, Dave Wondrich, Jim Meehan; front row, L to R: James Conley, Jennifer Simonetti-Bryan MW, Tad Carducci, Andy Seymour, Jacques Bezuidenhout, Dale DeGroff

The judges for Ultimate Spirits Challenge 2014 – back row, L to R: Ultimate Beverage Challenge (UBC) partner and Judging Co-Chairman Sean Ludford, UBC partner David Talbot, Steve Olson, UBC partner Sue Woodley, Dan Nicolaescu, UBC partner and Judging Chairman F. Paul Pacult, Dave Wondrich, Jim Meehan; front row, L to R: James Conley, Jennifer Simonetti-Bryan MW, Tad Carducci, Andy Seymour, Jacques Bezuidenhout, Dale DeGroff

Ultimate Beverage Challenge (UBC) provides expert evaluation of wines and spirits for producers, importers and marketers through its two innovative annual competitions: Ultimate Spirits Challenge and Ultimate Wine Challenge. Based on exacting standards, expert judges and rigorous methodology, UBC endeavors to raise the standards of spirits and wine evaluation and supplies ratings and accolades designed to help companies build their brands with buyers, both industry and consumer. UBC partners are F. Paul Pacult, Sue Woodley, David Talbot and Sean Ludford.

Bottles as far as the eye can see! Entries to Ultimate Spirits Challenge 2014

Bottles as far as the eye can see! Entries to Ultimate Spirits Challenge 2014

A selection of spirit entries to Ultimate Spirits Challenge 2014

A selection of spirit entries to Ultimate Spirits Challenge 2014

A selection of spirit entries to Ultimate Spirits Challenge 2014

A selection of spirit entries to Ultimate Spirits Challenge 2014

Interest in Ultimate Spirits Challenge has never been greater,” says Ultimate Spirits Challenge founder F. Paul Pacult. “Companies [now] enter because they want brands to be evaluated against their peers by the world’s best judges. USC provides the most trusted, sought after testimonials that help distillers and importers build their brands.”

This year, USC introduces the Tried & True Award(SM) to recognize brands that can be relied on to provide unfailing quality and superb taste to consumers year after year. To be eligible, brands that entered USC 2014 must have scored 85 points or higher in this year’s Challenge as well as in at least two previous Challenges.

Jacques Bezuidenhout judging for Ultimate Spirits Challenge 2014

Jacques Bezuidenhout judging for Ultimate Spirits Challenge 2014

A flight of spirits ready to be handed out to judges at Ultimate Spirits Challenge 2014

A flight of spirits ready to be handed out to judges at Ultimate Spirits Challenge 2014

All products entered are rated on the 100-point scale by the spirits industry’s most renowned judges that include award-winning authors, spirits buyers, journalists, educators, bar owners and consultants. This year’s judges were: USC Founder and Judging Chairman F. Paul Pacult, Judging Co-Chairman Sean LudfordJacques Bezuidenhout, Tad Carducci, James Conley, Dale DeGroff, Jim Meehan, Dan Nicolaescu, Steve Olson, Andy Seymour, Jennifer Simonetti-Bryan, MW and David Wondrich.

THE 2014 RESULTS

All spirits rated 85 points and higher receive their own page showing current award results, downloadable score icons, tasting notes and bottle image. USC results will be promoted via the Ultimate Beverage Challenge Guide to be published in the October issue of The Beverage Media Group‘s top 15 U.S. markets, reaching more than 70,000 on- and off-premise spirits buyers.

2014 ULTIMATE SPIRITS CHALLENGE – CHAIRMAN’S TROPHY WINNERS
For a complete list of results visit www.ultimate-beverage.com/usc2014results
APERITIF
Luxardo Aperitivo
VODKA
Unflavored: Absolut
Flavored: Belvedere Lemon Tea
AQUAVIT
Linie Aquavit (Tried & True Award)
GIN
Tanqueray No.Ten (Tried & True Award)
RUM
Rum: Don Q Gran Anejo (Tried & True Award)
Rhum Agricole: Clement Canne Bleue
Flavored Rum: Selvarey Cacao Flavored
Spiced Rum: Lemon Hart Navy Spiced
CACHACA
Sagatiba Velha
TEQUILA 100% AGAVE
Blanco: Siete Leguas (Tried & True Award)
Reposado: Blue Nectar
Anejo: Siete Leguas (Tried & True Award)
Extra Anejo: Herradura Seleccion Suprema (Tried & True Award)
MEZCAL
Del Maguey Iberico
WHISKEY – USA
American: Wild Turkey Forgiven
Kentucky Straight Bourbon: George T. Stagg
Rye: Bulleit 95 Small Batch
WHISKEY – IRELAND
Blended: Tullamore D.E.W. Special Reserve 12 Years Old (Tried & True Award)
Irish Pot Still: Redbreast 21 Years Old
Single Malt: Bushmills 16 Years Old (Tried & True Award)
WHISKY – SCOTLAND
Blended Malt: Big Peat
Blended: Ballantine’s 17 Years Old
Single Malt: Glenmorangie Quarter Century 25 Years Old
WHISKY – CANADA
Alberta Premium Dark Horse
WHISKY – JAPAN
Nikka Coffey Grain
BRANDY
Armagnac: Chateau de Laubade 1959 Bas-Armagnac
Calvados: Pere Magloire 20 Years Old
Cognac: Delamain Pale & Dry
Grappa: Bocchino Riserva Carlo Bocchino
Pisco: KAPPA (Tried & True Award)
Spanish Brandy: Cardenal Mendoza Carta Real Brandy de Jerez
American Brandy: Osocalis Heritage
Pineau des Charentes: Jean Fillioux Vieux
LIQUEUR
Cointreau (Tried & True Award)
VERMOUTH
Maurin Dry
SHOCHU
iichiko Frasco

LANDS’ END UNVEILS ITS “HOW TO SPRING” CAMPAIGN AND KICKS OFF “HOW TO SPRING” SWEEPSTAKES

New Advertising Campaign Celebrates the Women’s Spring Collection and the Spirit of the Season.

Today marks the first day of the season, and spring is already in full bloom at Lands’ End, who has launched the Lands’ End “How to Spring” campaign, showcasing how fun and fashionable it is to add bright colors, graphic prints and floral patterns with a few perfect pieces from the women’s spring collection.  The print and online advertising campaign, created in partnership with stylist Alex White and photographer Craig McDean, captures the energy and vibrancy of the Lands’ End line.  In celebration of spring, Lands’ End is kicking off a “How to Spring” sweepstakes, offering people the chance to win a $1,000 spring shopping spree.

Lands' End How To Spring.  (PRNewsFoto/Lands' End)

Lands’ End How To Spring. (PRNewsFoto/Lands’ End)

Our spring collection is fresh, modern and relevant and is bursting with new styles that were created in the spirit of the Lands’ End customer’s busy lifestyle,” said Edgar Huber, chief executive officer and president of Lands’ End.  “Whether it is our floral ponté dress, no iron pinpoint shirt, Drifter™ sweater or swim tee, all these versatile items can be mixed and matched to perfectly fit any moment of the day.”

Advertising and branding agency, AR New York, partnered with Lands’ End to conceptualize and bring “How to Spring” to life. “We took cues from the collection itself and the beautiful, fresh nature of spring,” says David Israel, executive creative director at AR New York. “We created a fully integrated campaign called “How to Spring” that offers a platform for today’s modern woman to find inspiration and style in this season’s collection.”

Consumers can play the instant win game at www.landsend.com/howtospringsweeps or the Lands’ End Facebook page from March 20 – April 20, 2014, for a chance to win a prize every day, plus a chance to win a $1,000 Lands’ End shopping spree! They simply enter their email address or connect with Facebook to get started.  Then, they select their favorite pre-populated outfit and press the “spin” button.  If the outfit on all three tumblers matches the outfit that the user curated, they instantly win a $1,000, $50 or $25 gift card. 

EXPRESS and Robin Thicke open the Retailer’s Largest Store in the Chain in Times Square, NY – Customers Invited to Celebrate Grand Opening

EXPRESS, Inc. announces the opening of its largest location in New York City’s Times Square (EXPRESS TIMES SQUARE STORE, 1552 & 1560 Broadway [Corner of Broadway & 46th Street], New York, NY 10036. Phone: 646-448-8376, Store Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m. EST). The globally expanding retailer will celebrate the store’s grand opening on Tuesday, March 25 at 7:00 p.m. with a live performance by Robin Thicke.

EXPRESS Logo.  (PRNewsFoto/EXPRESS)

EXPRESS Logo. (PRNewsFoto/EXPRESS)

It’s EXPRESS on steroids,” said Michael Weiss, the chairman and chief executive officer of EXPRESS. “This is an elevated presentation where the homes for each category are much more defined. Our billboard, with 9,000 square feet of LED, is the biggest and highest-definition billboard in the whole of Times Square. You know nobody whispers in Times Square; they shout. And if you’re going to shout, you’d better be the loudest.”

The Times Square store is located in the landmark I. Miller building distinguished by its marbled frame and statues of iconic actresses including Marilyn Miller and Mary Pickford. With over 28,000 square feet, the impressive location embraces the fast-paced and tech-savvy mindset of New York City with imagery boxes, LED walls and screens, interactive iPads, mobile points of sale, and on-site charging stations to enhance the shopping experience.

Robin Thicke to Perform at EXPRESS Times Square Grand Opening Event.  (PRNewsFoto/EXPRESS, Inc.)

Robin Thicke to Perform at EXPRESS Times Square Grand Opening Event. (PRNewsFoto/EXPRESS, Inc.)

Divided into three levels of women’s and men’s collections, the store marks the brand’s grandest location to-date with a design concept that elevates the brand’s current high-fashion runway layout. Design elements include French limestone floors, white brick walls, Carrera marble fixtures, crystal chandeliers, glass vitrines housing noteworthy trends and two expansive escalators to transport visitors among the three floors.

To complement the bright lights of Broadway, the high-profile store boasts three larger-than-life imagery light boxes, providing a visually fashion forward backdrop as visitors ride the escalator to the second floor.

Robin Thicke will kick-off the retailer’s grand opening event with a live performance on Tuesday, March 25 at 7:00 p.m. which will live stream on the EXPRESS billboards outside the store. The four hour event will then feature a mobile-based “scratch and win” sweepstakes in which all event attendees are awarded a prize, ranging from Express GiftCards and merchandise, to packages from event partners Wine Awesomeness, Uber, Night Hotel and Pippin. Select EXPRESS NEXT loyalty members will receive a golden ticket granting them a meet and greet with Robin Thicke and early access into the store to shop.

 

Spring Takes Flight with the New PANDORA 2014 Collection

Celebrate the femininity of spring by adding to or starting your PANDORA collection 

PANDORA brings the joy and promise of spring to life with its new collection of hand-finished jewelry, featuring delicate Butterflies, blooming flowers, and pretty pastels, as well as delightful new charms to celebrate special pastimes.

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Spring Takes Flight with the New PANDORA 2014 Collection

Intricate butterflies spread their wings across classic jewelry styles in the new PANDORA collection. From dangles and clips, to rings and earrings, the butterfly motif stands out as a symbol of spring and renewal. Pavé charms are re-imagined with multi-colored patterns, sparkling butterfly shapes and floral openwork designs.

Spring Takes Flight with the New PANDORA 2014 Collection

Spring Takes Flight with the New PANDORA 2014 Collection

Spring Takes Flight with the New PANDORA 2014 Collection

Spring Takes Flight with the New PANDORA 2014 Collection

Spring Takes Flight with the New PANDORA 2014 Collection

Spring Takes Flight with the New PANDORA 2014 Collection

White enamel daisies are in bloom on new sterling silver charms, rings and earrings. Offset the pretty floral trend by wearing the dainty charms on a braided leather bracelet. Rings with a single daisy or an arrangement of three flowers can be combined for a statement ring look.

Spring Takes Flight with the New PANDORA 2014 Collection

Spring Takes Flight with the New PANDORA 2014 Collection

Spring Takes Flight with the New PANDORA 2014 Collection

Spring Takes Flight with the New PANDORA 2014 Collection

Spring Takes Flight with the New PANDORA 2014 Collection

Spring Takes Flight with the New PANDORA 2014 Collection

Spring Takes Flight with the New PANDORA 2014 Collection

Spring Takes Flight with the New PANDORA 2014 Collection

Echoing the colors of the runway, PANDORA’s palette of purple, lavender and light pink puts a fresh spin on timeless designs. Faceted glass dangles in three shades coordinate with drop earrings and add grown-up elegance to a springtime look. Light blue, pink and white Murano glass charms catch the light with butterfly and daisy motifs. Commemorate favorite pastimes with the sterling silver artist’s palette, speckled with six colorful zirconia paint dots, or the sterling silver volleyball, lacrosse, equestrian or bicycle charms. Four-legged friends are immortalized with the sterling silver paw prints heart and the “I love my dog” bone, made from sterling silver and cubic zirconia. Celebrate international adventures with a sterling silver and red enamel Chinese lantern and a sterling silver London postcard, or show American pride with a red, white and blue enamel U.S. map.

PANDORA’s collection of stackable rings is also updated for spring with thin, sterling silver eternity bands sparkling with colored cubic zirconia. The delicate rings can be worn together or stacked with rings from PANDORA’s existing collection. The new spring pieces start at $35 in sterling silver. To view the new pieces or locate an authorized PANDORA retailer, visit http://www.pandora.net

Darkness at Caesars Entertainment Resorts and Casinos Illuminates Concerns About Climate Change During 2014 Earth Hour

On March 29, 2014 between 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., local time all Caesars Entertainment’s resorts and casinos in North America will participate in Earth Hour for the sixth consecutive year to bring awareness to one of the world’s most pressing environmental concerns – climate change. Guests and employees will be encouraged to turn off all non-essential interior lighting, while the resorts’ lit exteriors and marquees are shut off for the hour. Sponsored by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Earth Hour has grown to involve hundreds of millions of people across 7,000 cities and 154 countries in a collective statement of concern about climate change.

Caesars’ annual participation in this event is one of many ways we strive to uphold the principles outlined in our Code of Commitment and support the communities in which we are privileged to operate. We are encouraging both employees and guests to keep the spirit of Earth Hour alive by making a habit of turning off unnecessary lights and personal equipment when it is not in use, both at work or at home.” – Gwen Migita, VP of Corporate Sustainability & Community Affairs, Caesars Entertainment.

According to the Energy Information Administration, world energy consumption will grow 56 percent by 2040. Caesars recognizes that the problems facing the planet demand real action today and that awareness of these issues is critical for change. Earth Hour is one of the company’s many initiatives comprising its larger sustainability strategy, CodeGreen, and serves as a visual representation of their commitment to sustainable practices and environmental stewardship.

Every year, Caesars and its nearly 70,000 employees engage in environmental programs and sustainable business practices that provide tangible low-carbon solutions to reduce water, energy and waste consumption at all resorts and casinos. As a result of grassroots programs implemented by a dedicated team at each location, Caesars has succeeded in achieving:

  • Reduced energy use 19 percent per air-conditioned square foot from 2007 through 2012 although the company has grown organically.
  • Overall U.S. waste diversion of 24 percent (34 of our domestic properties).
  • Reduced carbon footprint by 11.4 percent from 2007 through 2012 at absolute levels.
  • Reduced water usage by 7 percent on a square foot basis since 2008 (baseline year).
  • Invested nearly $70 million on energy conservation projects since 2004.

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority reports that 39.67 million tourists came to Las Vegas in 2013. The powering down of nine Caesars resorts in Las Vegas has the ability to impact thousands of daily visitors with its statement on environmental action. The company’s latest development in Las Vegas, The LINQ, consists of three large, highly lit structures that will play a starring role in this year’s event. From the pedestrian-only street within The LINQ, guests will have the best view of Earth Hour festivities and the rare black out of the country’s brightest city.

Located at the heart of the strip, The LINQ is an open-air shopping, dining and entertainment district, anchored by the world’s tallest observation wheel, known as the Las Vegas High Roller. Impacting the Vegas skyline at 550 feet tall and with more than 2,000 LED lights, the High Roller will create a striking effect as it powers down for Earth Hour. Special displays are set to appear on The LINQ’s 130-ft tall three-sided marquee, and the High Roller will shine an electric blue to commemorate the day before both go dark. The Vortex, a visually stunning architectural element intricately embedded with LED-lights on top of The Quad Resort & Casino will also power off along with the multiple venues and marquees within The LINQ.

Caesars has been a leader in promoting Earth Hour, encouraging other casinos and businesses in the region to participate. Seeing the lights go off in America’s brightest city every year is a reminder of our movement towards becoming a more environmentally and socially sustainable Las Vegas, as well as all the work we have yet to do to make a real impact on climate change in our community and as a planet.” – Tom Perrigo, Chief Sustainability Officer at City of Las Vegas

WOLF TRAP OPERA ANNOUNCES SUMMER 2014 SEASON AND ARTIST ROSTER

Season highlights include new productions of Carmen with the National Symphony Orchestra, Giulio Cesare, and a double bill of Les mamelles de Tirésias and Le pauvre matelot

Wolf Trap Opera welcomes American bass-baritone Eric Owens as its first Artist in Residence 

ALL PERFORMANCES ON SALE MARCH 29 AT 10 AM 

Wolf Trap Opera (WTO), a top residency program for emerging opera professionals, announces its 2014 season and complete roster of Filene Young Artists and Studio Artists. Established in 1971, Wolf Trap Opera continues to earn national and international recognition for its mission to discover and encourage outstanding emerging talent in the opera field and serve singers of exceptional achievement and potential who are ready to make the transition to full-time professional careers. In addition to the young professional singers, the company also features the work of emerging designers, directors, and conductors and provides opportunities for aspiring stage managers, administrators, coaches, and technical theatre professionals.

The 2014 season offerings include a production of Bizet’s dramatic masterpiece Carmen, alongside the National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Grant Gershon and directed by Tara Faircloth; Handel’s most popular Baroque opera Giulio Cesare, conducted by Antony Walker and directed by Chas Rader-Shieber; and a rare pairing of two short French operas, Milhaud’sLe pauvre matelot and Poulenc’s Les mamelles de Tirésias, conducted by Timothy Myers and directed by Matthew Ozawa.

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This year, WTO announces internationally renowned bass-baritone Eric Owens as its first Artist in Residence. An alumnus of Wolf Trap’s Filene Young Artist program, the Grammy Award-winning Owens has carved a unique place in the opera world as an esteemed interpreter of classic works and a champion of new music. He appears regularly at the Met, Vienna State Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Los Angeles Opera, San Francisco Opera, Washington National Opera, and Royal Opera, Covent Garden. Owens will work privately with WTO artists as a coach and mentor and will appear in public educational forums, including master classes and panel discussions.

My time at Wolf Trap Opera, to this day, continues to be two of the best summers of my life, if not the very best!” stated Eric Owens. “Wolf Trap’s Filene Young Artist residency was then, as it is now, the most coveted summer program into which any aspiring young singer can be accepted. I am honored and thrilled to be part of the 2014 Filene Young Artists’ experience by being the first Wolf Trap Opera Artist in Residence.”

This season, Wolf Trap Opera is producing an expanded range of programs to showcase some of the country’s most talented young singers—a new production of Bizet’s Carmen at the Filene Center, the return of Handel’s Giulio Cesare, and a rare pairing of two short French operas new to Wolf Trap,” said Arvind Manocha, Wolf Trap Foundation President and CEO. “We are proud to welcome alumnus Eric Owens as Wolf Trap Opera’s first Artist in Residence, strengthening our commitment to educate and train our exceptionally gifted young artists at a critical time in their careers.

The 2014 roster comprises 17 Filene Young Artists and 16 Studio Artists chosen from a record 1,082 applicants from around the world. These artists were chosen from 591 singers heard during a nationwide audition tour in New York, Philadelphia, Vienna (Virginia), Chicago, Cincinnati, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Houston.

The 2014 opera season:

Bizet’s Carmen, a mesmerizing drama of love, lust, and jealousy, is one of the world’s most popular operas. Its many memorable arias include the sultry “Habanera, the passionate “Flower Song,” and the popular “Song of the Toreador.” Grant Gershon from the Los Angeles Opera returns to the Filene Center on July 25 to conduct, Tara Faircloth directs, and S. Katy Tuckercreates the larger-than-life video projected above the stage.

At The Barns, Handel’s Giulio Cesare will return for the first time since 1995 for three performances on June 27 and 29 and July 1. This operatic tale of love, lust, and ambition focuses on Julius Caesar’s visit to Egypt in 48 BC, where he encounters the exotic Cleopatra. Giulio Cesare will be conducted by Antony Walker and directed by Chas Rader-Shieber.

The Barns at Wolf Trap Exterior

The Barns at Wolf Trap Exterior

The Barns at Wolf Trap

The Barns at Wolf Trap

On August 8, 10, and 16 at The Barns at Wolf Trap, WTO will perform a French double bill of Poulenc’s Les mamelles de Tirésias and Milhaud’s Le pauvre matelot, conducted by Timothy Myers and directed by Matthew Ozawa. This unusual pairing contrasts a gripping household drama with a fast-paced surrealist farce. While the subject matter might be worlds apart, the two pieces are connected by the shared musical language of Les Six.

Also at the Filene Center, WTO partners with The Philadelphia Orchestra in its first Wolf Trap appearance in over a decade in a program that features Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9. Conducted by Bramwell Tovey, the June 28 concert features WTO soloists: soprano Tracy Coxmezzo-soprano Virginie Verreztenor Robert Watson, and bass-baritone Ryan Speedo Green, and the Choral Arts Society of Washington.

In addition, Filene Young Artists will perform intimate recitals at The Barns of Wolf Trap and in the community, including a performance with Grammy Award-winning pianist and vocal coach, Steven Blier; Aria Jukebox, an interactive showcase of opera highlights; and two separate Vocal Colors recitals, in partnership with The Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., which creates a fusion of visual art and music.

Meet the Singers:

Eric Jurenas, countertenor

Eric Jurenas, countertenor

The 2014 roster features 17 Filene Young Artists, who will star in principal and supporting roles. These Filene Young Artists represent 2.4% of the applicant pool and come from nine states and four countries. Among the artists are returning sopranos Mireille AsselinTracy Coxand Ying Fang; mezzo-sopranos Maya Lahyani and Carolyn Sproule; baritone Norman Garrett; and bass-baritone Ryan Speedo Green. Newcomers to the program are soprano Melinda Whittingtonmezzo-sopranos Renée Rapier and Virginie Verrez; countertenors John Holiday, Jr. and Eric Jurenas; tenors Kevin Ray and Robert Watson; baritones Joo Won Kang and Tobias Greenhalgh; and bass-baritone Jeongcheol Cha.   Continue reading

Wolf Trap Announces First Of Summer 2014 Performances

All Artists photographs Courtesy of Wolf Trap

Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts announces the first set of performances for its highly anticipated 2014 Summer Season. As America’s only National Park for the Performing Arts, Wolf Trap celebrates all genres of music in its 16-week summer season, welcoming all with a priority on accessibility and affordability.

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In this 30th anniversary year of the rebirth of the Filene Center following devastating fires—a process that saw the community band together to support the arts—we are proud to welcome the greatest names across the spectrum of music, including Lionel Richie, Yo-Yo Ma, Wynton Marsalis, and Josh Groban,” said Arvind Manocha, Wolf Trap Foundation President and CEO. “Whether you’re a fan of symphonic music, opera, R&B, or rock, every music lover can celebrate Wolf Trap this summer.”

Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded by Catherine Filene Shouse (1896-1994), produces and presents a full range of performance and education programs in the Greater Washington area, as well as nationally and internationally. Wolf Trap features three performance venues: the outdoor Filene Center and Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods, both located at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, and The Barns at Wolf Trap, located down the road from the national park and adjacent to the Center for Education at Wolf Trap. The 7,028-seat Filene Center is operated in partnership with the National Park Service and annually showcases an extensive array of diverse artists, ranging from pop, country, folk, and blues to classical music, dance, and theatre, as well as multimedia presentations, from May through September.

 

The Barns at Wolf Trap is operated by the Wolf Trap Foundation year-’round, and during the summer months is home to the Grammy-nominated Wolf Trap Opera, one of America’s outstanding resident ensemble programs for young opera singers. Wolf Trap’s education programs include the nationally acclaimed Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts and Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods, a diverse array of arts education classes and grants, and a nationally recognized internship program that was included in Bloomberg Business Week’s 2009 List of “Best Places to Intern.” As part of its ongoing commitment to protect and preserve the environment, Wolf Trap offers Metro access and is a founding member of the Green Music Group.

Wolf Trap’s second summer show announcement will follow on April 17, 2014. All shows are at the Filene Center at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, 1551 Trap Road, Vienna, VA (unless otherwise noted).

Full chronological listing of all 2014 shows announced to date follows:

May, 2014

Garrison Keillor

A Prairie Home Companion
With Garrison Keillor and Special Guests
In association with Minnesota Public Radio & WAMU 88.5 FM
Friday, May 23 at 8 pm
Saturday, May 24 at 5:45 pm
The nation’s favorite radio host leads an ensemble cast through his radio variety show featuring comedy sketches, musical guests, and Keillor’s signature monologue, “The News from Lake Wobegon.”

Under the Streetlamp
Gentleman’s Rule
Friday, May 30 at 8 pm
Slick dance moves and tight harmonies from the retro-inspired Jersey Boys quartet and an eight-man a cappella powerhouse produced by the founder of Straight No Chaser.

June, 2014

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast
Friday–Sunday, June 6–8 at 8 pm
Saturday & Sunday, June 7 & 8 at 2 pm
“Be Our Guest!” Belle and her enchanted entourage prove love conquers all in this family-favorite musical with an Oscar-winning score, featuring “Something There” and “If I Can’t Love Her.”

Trey McIntyre Project
Wednesday, June 11 at 8:30 pm
In its final D.C. performance, this inventive and bold contemporary ballet company performs to Queen’s glam-rock stylings.

Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band
Featuring Steve Lukather, Todd Rudgren, Gregg Rolie, Richard Page, Mark Rivera, and Gregg Bissonette
Thursday, June 12 at 8 pm
Celebrate an era of rock ‘n’ roll virtuosos from The Beatles, Santana, Journey, Toto, and more! In a review of the 50-year anniversary Beatles tribute concert, The New York Times wrote, “The celebration, like that ‘Ed Sullivan Show’ a half-century ago, belonged to the Beatles themselves. First was Mr. Starr: bounding onstage to sing Carl Perkins’s ‘Matchbox,’ settling in at the drums to play and sing the Shirelles’ ‘Boys’ and finishing with a jolly ‘Yellow Submarine.’ They were still having fun.” Continue reading