Wolf Trap’s 2023-24 season keeps the classical focus on chamber music

Tue Aug 08, 2023 at 12:03 pm

Wu Han will return as artistic advisor for the 2023-24 season of Chamber Music at The Barns at Wolf Trap. Photo: Lisa-Marie Mazzucco.

As the end of summer approaches, Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts announced part of its lineup for the 2023-2024 season today.

“We are thrilled to announce the first performances for The Barns at Wolf Trap,” said Arvind Manocha, Wolf Trap president and CEO. “The Barns gives everyone the chance to enjoy their favorite artists in a uniquely intimate setting.”

In terms of classical music, pianist Wu Han returns for her sixth season as artistic advisor to the Chamber Music at The Barns series. The season opens with violinist Pinchas Zukerman celebrating his 75th birthday, playing Mozart, Mendelssohn, and Dvořák with cellist Amanda Forsyth and pianist Michael Stephen Brown (November 3 and 4).

Other concerts include the Orion String Quartet, playing Haydn, Schubert, and Beethoven as part of the group’s farewell tour (November 19); the Sitkovetsky Trio playing music of Perkin, Ravel, and Beethoven (February 11); and an unusual staging dedicated to poetry of Emily Dickinson, with songs by Aaron Copland and Ricky Ian Gordon, co-created by Johnathan McCullough and pianist Christopher Allen, featuring Wolf Trap Opera Company alumni (April 5).

As usual, some programs come from Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, which Wu Han directs with her husband, David Finckel. Pianist Gloria Chien anchors a concert of music by Coleridge-Taylor, Hahn, Ysaÿe, and Bloch (January 28), and Han and Finckel join with violinist Philip Setzer and violist Paul Neubauer (February 23). Pianist Juho Pohjohen leads a program of unusual chamber music combinations (March 10), and violinist Bella Hristova plays in a viola-heavy concert with music by Françaix, Bridge, and others (April 19).

Tickets for the 2023–2024 season at The Barns at Wolf Trap will go on sale to the public on August 11. wolftrap.org

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