Today's post comes from Natalie Creamer, Wolf Trap's Spring 2013 Public Relations Intern.
Been curious about Wolf Trap’s presence in the news cycle since 2013? Lucky for us, it’s been strong, so we’ve got a lot to share. Take a peek below.
The Barns at Wolf Trap inaugurated the 2013 winter season with a spellbinding acoustic performance by singer/songwriter Ari Hest, who debuted songs from his new album The Fire Plays. In a preview by Metro Weekly, Hest discussed his relationship with music, and internal struggle of developing as a male vocalist. The Washington Post labeled Hest’s CD as an Editor’s Pick, raving about his full, raspy sound and cooing melodies, all credited to his strong, vibrant voice.
The progressive JACK Quartet and GRAMMY-nominated composer and clarinetist Derek Bermel joined forces to perform an evening of chamber music featuring works by Ligeti and Brahms, as well as the Wolf Trap commission piece A Short History of the Universe, composed by Bermel. An article published by The Washington Examiner explores the energetic and adventurous outlook of JACK Quartet as they continue to push the envelope in classical standards. Also, a review by The Washington Post recounted the ensemble’s mastery of the complicated program and praised Bermel’s innovative new composition.
Veteran alt-rockers Gin Blossoms have re-emerged this year performing an upbeat line-up of new tunes and early ’90s hits. In an interview with The Washington Examiner, Gin Blossoms explained how they prepare for shows, select set lists, and improvise with vocals. Christopher Cross serenaded crowds with his GRAMMY-Award winning pop ballads. Fairfax County Times spoke with Cross and listened as he retraced his vibrant journey to becoming an influential musician. Cross’s musical career can also be read even more in depth in The Washington Examiner.
Folk singer, guitarist and storyteller Livingston Taylor spread his lighthearted spirit at The Barns as he introduced up-and-coming contemporary folk musician Chelsea Berry. The Washington Examiner raved about Taylor’s jovial demeanor and energetic presence in an article about his lively career and melodic narratives. Cellist Steven Isserlis and pianist Kirill Gerstein took the stage for a joint performance of works by Liszt, Busoni, Brahms, and Bartók. Northern Virginia Magazine announced Isserlis and Gerstein as a “powerhouse pair,” who would take the stage by storm. More applauding reviews about the virtuosos can be found in Ionarts and The Washington Post.
Lastly, folk guitarist and singer/songwriter David Wilcox will share his acoustic, introspective melodies at The Barns tonight. In an interview with The Washington Examiner,Wilcox described his connection to music and its powerful, transcending influence.
Check back for more regional news and national coverage on upcoming performers as The Barns continues its amazing season!