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Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 09/09/2011

Four decades of excitement and education set the stage for the 2011 Wolf Trap Ball

40 years never seemed so entertaining.

The Filene Center at Wolf Trap will play host to the organization's 2011 Wolf Trap Ball. (Photo by Tracy A Woodward/The Washington Post)
Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts will celebrate 40 years of entertainment and culture at the 2011 Wolf Trap Ball benefit on Sept. 17. Situated on the Filene Center Stage, guests will experience each facet of the organization through four unique set designs that focus on the star quality of the Filene Center, the pastoral intimacy of The Barns at Wolf Trap, the inviting opulence of Wolf Trap Opera Company, and the ripe energy of Wolf Trap Education. Patrons will take a walk down memory lane upon hearing the upbeat sounds of a New Orleans Dixieland jazz ensemble, a nod to the Preservation Hall Jazz Band’s 1971 opening season concert at the Filene Center. Cocktails and dinner will be enlivened by the eight-piece Olivera Strings ensemble, and then attendees can hit the dance floor with 10-member band Sound Connection.

Honorary chairs include Senator Harry Reid (D-NV), Senator, Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Virginia governor Bob McDonnell, Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, and Washington’s own mayor Vincent Gray.

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By Erin Williams  |  10:43 AM ET, 09/09/2011

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