Correction to This Article
A March 30 Style article on the new season at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts misstated the date of the first concert of the summer. The U.S. Marine Band performs May 27, not May 25.

Far Out! Wolf Trap Plans Summer of Love, and More

Wolf Trap's lineup this summer will include, from left,
Wolf Trap's lineup this summer will include, from left, "West Side Story," the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and Joss Stone. Nearly 180 performances are planned. (Wolf Trap - Wolf Trap)

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By Jacqueline Trescott
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, March 30, 2007

The 40th anniversary of the Summer of Love hasn't escaped the folks at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts. For one night this summer, all aging flower children are invited to "Hippiefest -- a Concert for Peace & Love."

On July 30 the park will feature appearances by original members of the Turtles, the Rascals, the Zombies, Mountain and Badfinger. Mitch Ryder and Country Joe McDonald are also on the bill.

The outdoor venue will present more than 178 performances this year, its 36th season, beginning with the U.S. Marine Band and fireworks on May 25. Tickets -- with some prices as low as $8 -- for most of the events go on sale tomorrow; others will be available April 14. Last season the park hosted 171 paid performances and brought in $14.3 million in revenue.

Newcomers to Wolf Trap's stages will include Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Steely Dan on June 7; Joss Stone and the Chicago hip-hop artist Common on June 13; Pink Martini, the multilingual band, on June 18; the New Orleans Social Club (as part of the annual Louisiana Swamp Romp) on June 3; and Alejandro Sanz, the Grammy Award-winning pop star, on July 3.

For several years, Wolf Trap has commissioned dance and music works. On July 24 Doug Varone & Dancers will present a yet-to-be-named premiere. Varone will re-create a 2002 commission, "Bottomland," an interpretation of the world within Mammoth Cave National Park, the Kentucky wonder that is the longest recorded cave system in the world.

The dance program also includes Paul Taylor Dance Company on June 26, Trey McIntyre Project on Aug. 7 and the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, doing Twyla Tharp's "Nine Sinatra Songs," on Aug. 21.

In 2004 Wolf Trap asked composer John Musto and librettist Mark Campbell to rework Ben Jonson's "Volpone," and the Wolf Trap Opera Company will present this interpretation June 22, 24 and 29 and July 1.

In addition to "Volpone," the opera company will stage two other full-scale productions: Emmanuel Chabrier's "L'Etoile" on July 27 and 29 and Aug. 3 and 5, and Mozart's "The Magic Flute" on Aug. 17-18. A concert version of Bizet's "Carmen" will be staged June 28 with Denyce Graves and Simon O'Neill.

Broadway is booked in a 50th anniversary production of "West Side Story," which will settle in for nine performances from Aug. 28 to Sept. 2. Other shows will include "Jesus Christ Superstar" with Ted Neeley, June 8-10, and "Camelot" with Michael York, July 10-15.

"Riverdance" will return for its 10th residency at Wolf Trap from June 14 to 17.

The summer program is filled out with Bill Cosby, Tony Bennett, Aretha Franklin, Harry Connick Jr., Vince Gill, Johnny Mathis, Judy Collins, Randy Travis, Natalie Cole, the Smothers Brothers, Diana Krall, Ziggy Marley (with the Neville Brothers on a joint bill) and Peter, Paul & Mary.

This week Terrence D. Jones, Wolf Trap president and CEO, said the park would become a testing ground for good environmental practices. "Some of the ideas will be transitioning to alternative fuel and high-efficiency vehicles, purchasing wind credits to offset the carbon emissions of our Center for Education," Jones noted.

He said former transportation secretary Norman Mineta has been named chairman of an advisory council for the arts and environment.


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