Once Upon a Time I Went to Wolf Trap

The 9th on the 9th

On July 9, 2004, we rented a car, picked up some food, and went to Wolf Trap for a picnic on the lawn and to watch "the 9th on the 9th" in the Filene Center. 

The "9th" was Beethoven's 9th Symphony performed by the National Symphony Orchestra, with Jose Serebrier Conductor, and the Choral Arts Society of Washington under the direction of Norman Scribner..

Also on the program were Borodin's Polovitsian Dances and Mozart's Overture to The Marriage of Figaro.

Soloists included

Barbara Quintilliani, soprano
Stacey Rishol, Mezzo-soprano
Israel Lozano, tenor
Morris Robinson, bass

"The 9th" is always a fun, noisy work, but we enjoyed Prince Igor much more.

The Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, near D.C. in Vienna, VA, is the first and so far only national park for the performing arts. 

Wolf trap reminds me of Tanglewood in the Berkshires, the summer home of the Boston Pops Orchestra. Both have lawn and indoor seating and picnicking is a tradition.

Program Cover Photo

National Park Photo

The Filene Center at Wolf Trap

"The Filene Center, seen from an aerial view.... It is an open-air performing arts pavilion that can accommodate an audience of 7,028. This includes 3868 in-house seats (with an 88 seat orchestra pit) and 3160 seats on its sloping lawn."

"This facility and several others are situated in a setting of rolling hills and woods located on 117 acres of national park land. Through the unique partnership and collaboration of the National Park Service and the Wolf Trap Foundation, Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts offers a wealth of both natural and cultural resources to the community and to the nation." - National Park Service